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Collins French with Paul Noble combines an exciting new non-traditional approach to language learning with the easy, relaxed appeal of an audio-only product. No books. No rote memorisation. No chance of failure.

Paul Noble is a genius with a higher IQ than Einstein. Despite this, he still struggled with language learning at school. He found himself feeling ‘confused, incapable and unable to really say anything’. As a result of his negative early experiences, Paul has come up with a ground-breaking new method of language teaching that removes the need for months of study. With Paul Noble, everyone really can speak a language.

Part 1 of the course covers:

  • Language ground rules
  • The use of the past tense
  • Finding French words used in English
  • Asking questions
  • Essential vocabulary to use when booking into a hotel, taking a taxi, and eating out.

A native-speaking French expert helps Paul to deliver the course and to perfect your pronunciation. No complicated grammatical explanations, no rote memorisation, no writing - no stress.< /p>

Learn over 6,000 words in no time at all and - most importantly - learn how to make your new vocabulary work for you. (Use the accompanying booklet as a reference and revision tool.)

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Not Worth The Money

The narrator rambles, his female french speaker speaks much too quickly, there are pauses where there shouldn't be (almost seemed like they were filling space, which doesn't make sense? The thinking portions could have used those pauses, since they were too short). I never made it past chapter two because his lessons moved too quickly. I would recommend finding an alternative learning source and not use this series.

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loved it !!

Made easy to learn The narration and pause after each word or sentence is perfect.

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Helping me to "hear" French.

Because I am a visual learner, I am gaining some success at identifying French words in written form, but I struggle to recognize them when spoken. This audio book is truly helping me to "hear" French and grasp a better understanding of sentence construction.

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Not boring.

Not boring, covers a lot of material quickly. Sometimes I wish I had a written copy of the dialogue to follow with. But, I will be continuing on with the rest of the courses.

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I absolutely loved the approach!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, the way the audio book is set up is great. It is one of the best language learning tools I've used.

Any additional comments?

I think it is a great way to start learning a language, give it a go!

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The Best Language Lessons I've Ever Come Across

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I would highly recommend this course to anyone who would like to learn or improve their French. I've listened to many 'Learn French' audio lessons, read books, tried Rosetta Stone and even taken classroom lessons. I learned a bunch of French vocabulary and phrases, rules of French grammar and how to conjugate verbs but was still unable to have a real conversion in French. This course was a whole new learning experience. It's covered things that I didn't learn anywhere else and filled-in many gaps in my knowledge. And as great as the course's content is, the real magic is in how the material is presented. Paul Noble is a Master Teacher who thoroughly understands how people learn. He presents the material in a way that makes learning effortless. No studying or memorizing of any kind. A person just need listen and follow along and they can fully absorb everything covered after 1 or 2 listens. And Marianne (the native francophone who speaks the phrases) is perfect. She speaks with a nice, clear voice and is invaluable in helping with pronunciation.<br/><br/>My French conversation skills have sky-rocketed in the last few weeks, and I've only completed Parts 1 & 2 ! I'm looking forward to starting Part 3.

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Excellent

I have learned more with this course than I have any other course. moving on to part two.

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I've learned more French in these three clips than...

I've learned more French in these three clips than I have in a month of self study and Skype sessions! Paul Noble is a genius! It's as if he knows what questions are popping in your head!

Don't waste your money and time on other courses. Start with these! You'll start THINKING in French! Trust me!

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I get it!

I took French in school and couldn't say anything. But with this this audio book I was able to catch on quick and with a little practice, was able to have a basic conversation!

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Very help full with duolingo

I found it very helpful with a language learning program called duolingo. Doing them both at the same time seems to work many times better for me anyways.

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  • Mr
  • 05-25-15

fantastic book

I could not speak a word of French but after 3 hours I have learnt so much

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  • John Costigan
  • 05-12-15

Excellent

This is a great way to learn or refresh French. The use of a native speaker is great for proper pronunciation.

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  • Jayneylonglegs
  • 04-20-15

Brilliant! French made easy!

Really enjoyed this first course, rules are easy to follow. Had me speaking in French very quickly. Looking forward to part 2.

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  • Adrian Shaw
  • 04-16-15

Great introduction to French -

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I recommend this audio because Paul Noble has such a compelling style. He teaches the easy stuff and quickly moves to (useful) complex phrases. I wish he had been my teacher at school. I learnt more in the 6 hours (Vol 1-4) than I did in 6 years. I feel more confident and now understand how the French put present, past and future tenses together. Magnifique!

What about Paul Noble’s performance did you like?

Great presenter - moves at a manageable pace and covers a lot of ground

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Magnifique

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Nikkie
  • 01-04-15

Finally

The penny has dropped with this one, after trying a few courses,this makes so much sense and I am making progress.

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  • Bookblogger71
  • 09-05-14

I see me in Paris, on Champs-Elysee....yeee

Where does Collins French with Paul Noble - Learn French the Natural Way, Part 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This method makes so much sense to me and I find that Paul's unhurried speech actually plays a key role in the entire experience. After one hour's lesson, I am able to remember with such clarity.

What other book might you compare Collins French with Paul Noble - Learn French the Natural Way, Part 1 to, and why?

In the past, I have tried the Pilmseur approach but gave up after the first lesson.

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  • Emma
  • 09-06-13

best French learning course~

Where does Collins French with Paul Noble - Learn French the Natural Way, Part 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

highly ranked among all the audiobooks I’ve listened to so far.

What about Paul Noble’s performance did you like?

best for beginners.

Any additional comments?

if you want to travel France, it really worth listening.

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  • Kathryn Whinney
  • 11-11-12

Too much English, not enough French!

I bought this title to brush up my very rusty French, and I'm finding the Paul Noble method very annoying. Why is it that in order to tell us one word of vocabulary he feels the need to talk for ages in English? Most people can realise that 'chambre' is similar to 'chamber' which is an old fashioned term for 'room' without it being explained very slowly.

The way in which he encourages you to build sentences is good, though I question how useful and/or natural some of these sentences are. 'I want to know why you haven't prepared the dinner, I'm hungry' might suit a domestic dispute, but it's not really that useful day to day.

The technique, of course, is once you have mastered one past tense sentence, you can make others by finding out the vocabulary yourself. Fair enough, but who needs to use these kinds of constructions? How is this different from how French is taught in school? What is so 'Natural' about this way of learning?

Perhaps a good product for absolute beginners.

9 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Claire Lomax
  • 08-25-17

Brilliant

I've been learning french for some time. This has helped to consolidate my knowledge and explain things I was unsure of. I will be purchasing part 2!

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  • Kay
  • 03-06-17

Can recommend.,Paul Noble French courses

Take a little time this is an easy enjoyable and correct way to learn French.