Essential Spanish in 2 Hours with Paul Noble

Narrated by: Paul Noble
Length: 2 hrs and 24 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (35 ratings)

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Learning Spanish couldn't be easier! This language course will have you speaking Spanish in just 2.5 hours. Use Paul Noble's relaxing method to learn the key language skills that you need to speak Spanish with confidence. You will finally be able to say what you want to say - just sit back and listen!

  • Ideal for learning a language for travel
  • Learn and remember the essential phrases you need
  • No need to write notes or try to remember
  • Thousands of Paul Noble's students can attest to the success of his method

©2013 Paul Noble (P)2013 HaperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

Praise for other titles in the Paul Noble range: "More than I ever managed in five years of French at school." (Tom Meltzer, The Guardian)
"I seemed to absorb the phrases taught, without even consciously trying, and quickly felt confident enough to make my own sentences." (Penelope M. Walsh, Canary Wharf Magazine)

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covers very little

this is for absolute beginners. this "essential" Spanish contains literally a few phrases (with some variations) in ~2 hours. besides, it includes essentially exactly the same content as the first part of the author's another audiobook. there is absolutely no reason to buy both. I wish I could get a refund.

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2 hour course

I am disappointed 😞 the workbook Mr.Logan refers to does not, at least for me did not, come with the course. Not even as a download attachment. How can I get the workbook? Have several of Mr.Logan 's courses and,until now, have really enjoyed and learned well.

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  • T. Griffith
  • 03-30-14

Love Paul Noble

Would you consider the audio edition of Destination Spanish with Paul Noble to be better than the print version?

Yes, of course, it's a language course... you cannot learn Spanish by reading - the pronunciation is so different from English.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

There is nothing to change on this audio - except maybe to hint at what the next course would cover but maybe he didn't know when he did this one.

Which character – as performed by Paul Noble – was your favourite?

Paul Noble plays himself ... AND he's my favourite character!

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It lifted a weight off my shoulders. I have never held much hope of understanding Spanish... there is light at the end of the tunnel now.

Any additional comments?

I like the way he does not always point out things he wants you to note straight away. He lets the native speaker, Carmen, say the phrase a couple of times - like "tortilla" before he says "notice how it is pronounced"... "consider how it is spelt".

He teaches you some phrases, repeating them relentlessly, but if you are listening on the move or while moving around the house, this is fine. You negotiate a tricky junction, or your mind wanders off, you go back to listening and you haven't missed too much.

He says he WANTS you to forget, that this is part of the process. This is reassuring if you've just heard the same phrase five times in different guises and then manage to forget it again. I imagine it's like a wave rolls back out to sea but the tide comes in.

He speaks well known words like "con" from "chilli con carne" as if you were learning something really important but meanwhile you've learnt to say: "I have been to Madrid, but I have not been to Barcelona, have you not been to Madrid?" Then he goes back and teaches you "coffee", "please". It's like learning by stealth. He takes you back and forward like the sea playing with debris or a symphony with a repeating refrain but lots of other music in between.

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  • Tessa
  • 01-06-14

Excellent for a novice like myself.

Where does Destination Spanish with Paul Noble rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is a good way to learn how to get by in the language without feeling stuck to specific phrases. I feel more confident and am looking forward to doing the rest of this course. My daughter has done his French version and has found it really good. It gets away from the more traditional way of learning with grammar and focuses more on being able to say and understand key parts of a dialogue.

What about Paul Noble’s performance did you like?

There is a good mix of Paul telling you what you need to do and a native speaker saying the words or phrases in Spanish.

Any additional comments?

Audible needs to have some more appropriate questions for books like this.

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  • Rainbow
  • 01-07-19

It works

Paul Nobel's teaching style is so calm, easy and intelligent in a way that he understands and links the language to English and his refreshing approach flips traditional language learning on its head, making it accessible and understandable to all.
Thanks!

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  • Shoshana
  • 11-25-17

Engaging, patient, fast.

Having used various books, cds, and apps trying to learn Spanish, I'd never really got beyond, "La tortuga come una manza" which my Spanish friends did not find sufficiently hilarious.
This learning style is not something I ever would have thought to try, being a mainly visual person. However the quality of the recording and the clarity of the method is brilliant.
I've already bought a further Spanish course in this series and will be on to more languages in no time!

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  • alan h
  • 03-16-17

muy bien

So easy to follow and remember and it helps by going back to words and phrases learnt earlier

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  • Raj
  • 05-07-16

where's the booklet??

this course suggests there's a booklet with it..but there isn't one! so how do I get it ?

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  • Sarah
  • 05-19-15

New to Paul Noble teaching methods

i only bought thr dhortwr course as a tester to see if Pauls teaching methods suited me. All I can say is this short course is fantastic, so much so I am going to purchase the full spanish course. It was very easy to pick up and understand. Language instantly stuck in my mind.

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  • Paul
  • 03-09-15

Good way to learn before travelling

Short introduction to Spanish, easy to learn through repetition. Spanish voice is clear and Paul Noble's manner is calm and confident.

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  • BAE
  • 11-04-19

Useful for Beginners

As a first audible book, it was great. Easy to learn because it's detailed and goes over phrases several times throughout. Definitely recommend.

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  • ICBL
  • 09-28-19

Excellent introduction to Spanish

I have always found learning a foreign language difficult but this audio version made it so easy. Yes Paul repeats things quite a lot but this really helped me to remember the words and phrases and has given me the confidence to talk in Spanish. Definitely recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-10-20

EASY TO LEARN THIS WAY...

Love the way Paul teaches. I have tried a few places and found this by far the best.

Thanks Paul !

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  • ShopoNinja Australia
  • 01-10-19

Its amazing

I loved this book, it was easy to follow and learn as an English and Hindi speaking girl.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-13-18

Its amazing

its unreal how fast you can learn another language with his method. highly recommend it.

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  • Kincade
  • 10-11-18

Brilliant

This is really well done. I went from knowing just a few words to being able to construct simple sentences in one afternoon. Logically organised to where you start figuring out the next application of the word moments before it is asked. Only thing I didn’t like is this is the accent of Spain so “c” sounds like a lispy “th” which is hard to do and if you are going to South America like I am unnecessary.

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  • T. Duckworth
  • 08-27-18

Excellent intro to Spanish!

I have just stared a formal course in Spanish and bought this audio book to help me start speaking a little quicker. I was able to learn most of the basics for travel in a couple of hours over one day while driving to and from work. Looking forward to sharing my new words and sentences with my Spanish teacher this week!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-24-18

amazing

Paul Noble has the most soothing voice and I feel confident in what I've learned.