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Publisher's Summary

Collins Spanish 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 studying. With Paul Noble, everyone really can speak a language.

Part 1 of the course covers:

  • Language ground rules
  • The use of the past tense
  • Asking questions
  • Essential vocabulary to use when booking into a hotel, taking a taxi, and eating out

Two native-speaking Spanish experts help Paul to deliver the course and to perfect your pronunciation. No complicated grammatical explanations, no rote memorisation, no writing - no stress. 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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Way better than Rosetta Stone

I bought Rosetta Stone first, unfortunately. This book is so much better. I have learned how to speak and put together full sentences so much faster, almost instantly. Highly recommend. I hope there are more books like this one

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Get Part 1-3 books, WARNING - do not buy part 4

Would you consider the audio edition of Collins Spanish with Paul Noble - Learn Spanish the Natural Way, Part 1 to be better than the print version?

This is part 1 which has a good chunk of material although he drones on a bit in the intro.

Bought all 4 books in the series, 1-3 were good and have 3-4 hours worth of material. Part 4 shocked me when it was only 19minutes and as such was a pure rippoff.

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Excellent Spanish Tutorial!!!!

As Paul Noble himself once suffered, so I too have suffered through Spanish lessons before, all to no avail. I found this Spanish course to be vastly different, however, and a great way to break out of the conjugated-verbs-and-memorized-vocabulary Spanish of my past. Paul does a great job of making the lessons more conversational and intuitive, making them easier to remember. I'm usually a very visual learner, but I found this all-audio version to be a great way to beef up my listening and speaking skills. I will note, however, that for anyone looking to really learn Spanish (and not just use it on vacation or conversationally), you will need some kind of text companion to help with things like grammar rules, spelling, and other not-so-fun items. That being said, this is a fantastic audiobook for anyone looking to break out of their beginner Spanish lessons!

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Brilliant approach!

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

By introducing a simple past tense verb (I have, you have, etc), a present tense verb (I can, you can...) and a future tense verb (I am going to, etc.), the task of learning is GREATLY simplified. The approach avoids the difficulties of having to learn dozens of conjugations of every verb one by one. Meanwhile, Collins helps the English speaker identify Latin rooted words in English and that are easily converted into Spanish with a few simple rules. The combination of these two techniques results in a fairly broad ability to communicate quickly for a beginner. By using many various examples that a traveler would run into, the listener is quickly prepared for many tourist type communication situations. Paul Noble is pleasant to listen to and easy to learn from. The male and female repetition of each word or phrase makes it easy to hear. GREAT lesson!

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Helpful

Easy to follow though it doesn't start by covering what you think would be basics. It is more about how to form sentences than memorizing words.

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I've listened to the rest, this is the best!

Would you listen to Collins Spanish with Paul Noble - Learn Spanish the Natural Way, Part 1 again? Why?

Let me compare this course to Pimsleur, since that is the other well reviewed course out there. Pimsleur is good, first of all. You will learn basic Spanish with it. this is why Collins is soooo much better.
1. Collins is cheaper.
2. You learn about 20 times the vocabulary that you do with Pimsleur. I am not joking. Collins uses a very similar method as Pimsleur, but I swear to you they have taken Pimsleur and VASTLY improved upon it. I testify to this based on the experience of 7 people I know who have tried and used both. Count this as 7 reviews.
3. Collins Teaches you more things you can really use. Did you know that words that end in "ion" in English are basically all identical in Spanish? Now you've just learned about 1000 spanish words. Collins teaches you absolutely incredible language learning tricks like this. PIMSLEUR DOESN'T.
I could go on and on.
4. Collings teaches you both Spain and Latin American Spanish at the same time, easily, and without any sweat at all. Pimsleur doesn't. You might think you won't use Spain spanish, but you will need it if you progress at all, because most books use it. Trust me.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Collins Spanish with Paul Noble - Learn Spanish the Natural Way, Part 1?

I could go on and on about how Collins is better. It is absolutely incredible in every way. I am using it along with Instant Immersion Spanish to teach Spanish to my kids. I would NEVER go back to Pimsleur again. It was a waste of money. thank you, Paul Collins, for the gift you have given us!

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Better than the top rated audio spanish programs.

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

Yes - it finally made sense. I'm excited to learn again.

Any additional comments?

I've been listening to Pimsleur and Spanish Like Crazy for well over a year now, for 3+ hours per day. It's left me feeling pretty stupid, since I still cannot understand a whole sentence of Spanish from the radio (well, maybe except "ESPN Desportes Radio - todos desportes todos in Espanol..."). I always graduated with honors, and am generally a fast learner - including straight A's in 2 years of basic high school spanish. But re-learning Spanish via audiotapes has been just frustrating, and made me feel like I've gotten stupider in old age. To be fair, I just started listening to this new system today. But already I've learned more words than I've learned in the other programs (I'm almost finished with Pimsleur level 3). Because this guy actually TEACHES you something, rather than just throwing words at you and asking you to endlessly repeat sentences. He uses memory cues when available (which are a PROVEN way for people to remember so much more than memorization) as well as words everybody already knows, spells things when appropriate, explains things in a way that makes them easy to remember, and gives detailed tips that you can apply to whole groups of words you haven't even learned yet. This makes so much more sense to my brain.And he takes off all the pressure, going at a much more reasonable pace then I've experienced before. Although I do wish he'd make an "extra stupid" version that was the exact same system but with longer pauses for those of us who are a little slower to answer questions.This program was exactly what I was looking for back when I started. I so wish I had found this first! It's a tiny fraction of the price of the other programs.My problems with this program so far are:1. On my android with headphones I have it turned up all the way, and it's hard to hear. I wish it were a couple notches louder. I don't have this problem with the others.2. The guy appears to be from the U.K. He has a strong accent, and uses English terms I'm not familiar with. But he does say "or blah-blah if you are an American". I actually kind of like this better than the guys with the spanish accents personally. I feel like I hear the differences better.3. I haven't done the math, but I assume this program is shorter than Pimsleur just by looking at the number of hours of the recordings. It's still day one, and I'm 1/2 way through chapter 2 already. There are only 4 chapters in level one. Pimsleur is 3+ levels, 30 minutes per lesson, 30 lessons per tape. So also in all my guess is Pimsleur covers more by the end. I just glanced at the PDF, and I can tell that will be very helpful also. Nicely formatted, to the point, and great tips so far.All in all I'm very pleasantly surprised. I think I CAN do this!!! It will still take some time (learning a language takes dedication for years - that's just the way it is), but it's not so hard.

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Teaches Spanish in a practical and effective way

The teaching method is excellent, as it teaches you not just how to speak, but also why certain words and phrases are said the way they are. Between the three Audible volumes of this course, I learned not just how to speak passable Spanish, but also how to continue to learn by looking up words and phrases to expand my vocabulary on my own, while not sounding ridiculous to native speakers.

The performance was excellent, but I don't mind dry British male voices. The inclusion of two native speakers speaking in different accents (Latin American and European accents) adds to the depth of the learning. It's not exciting by any stretch of the imagination, but if you're looking for excitement then try audio dramas instead of educational material.

The only possible criticism is that the pauses to sound out words were short for me, but that's just me. The length of time might be just right, or annoyingly long depending on how easily one picks up the language.

10/10. Highly Recommended.

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Teaching me to think and speak in Spanish

Would you listen to Collins Spanish with Paul Noble - Learn Spanish the Natural Way, Part 1 again? Why?

I've studied a lot of Spanish, but that did me little good in Mexico last summer when I found I would recognize what had been said after it was too late to respond, and I couldn't find words to express myself. In this method I'm learning to speak the language. Its taught in a completely different manner than I've ever known, but its working. I have all 4 books and am well on my way to speaking a language that has eluded me for years. There is no writing or memorizing, just doing the exercises. I do about a half hour a day and I'm finding that what I'm learning stays with me. I really recommend this. I just wish the extra materials that come with the book were included.

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Bought all 3 parts; okay 4 the $, but very basic

The overall teaching method is effective, however, the words taught are limited to the very basic one would need to travel to a country where Spanish is the native language.

Good points:

-The course covers both Latin American and Castilian dialects
-The narrator explains basic grammar rules, how to go from present tense to past tense, to future tense and plural.
-The narrator explains how to convert words from talking about me vs. you vs. more than one of you, vs. we.
-The narrator explains when there are differences in the two major dialects.
-The narrator and the native speakers are easy to understand and speak clearly.
-Word emphasis (which syllable gets emphasized and when) is explained.
-Limited explanation of feminine vs. masculine words.
-Inexpensive.

Not so good points:

-The vocabulary is very limited. Granted, you are told how to make up or guess at words, but things like fork, spoon, automobile/car, stop, and many other basic words are not explored.
-The program ends at version 3. The last observation wouldn't be an issue if there were more volumes to purchase.

Overall, the course was worth the money (because it is very inexpensive). I learned a fair amount and could carry on a basic conversation at a restaurant with the waitress, but the course left me wanting more. I ended up purchasing the Pimsleur courses as well. They overlap somewhat, but also give different pronunciations for some of the same words. And they expand the vocabulary past what is offered in this course.

Summary:

If you just want to learn just enough Spanish to get by and don't want to spend a lot of money this is the course for you. If you want to be fluent in conversational Spanish, spend more money and buy a more in-depth course.

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  • David
  • 04-09-13

So Far So Good

Learning a new language has always been a new years resolution but one I have never been able to grasp hold of mainly due to not having enough time. This audio book has really been the answer for me. Whilst actively encouraged throughout the narrative not to make notes its great to listen to in the car and full of easy to understand hints and tips for grasping the language. The street cred I may have lost sat at traffic lights talking to myself (in spanish) I hope to redress once on my hols with my new found language skills. Highly reccomend and if like me not an academic person by nature an enjoyable way of learning. Gratias!

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  • Heidi
  • 03-16-13

Makes it all so easy

Paul really has found an all new way of teaching a foreign language to novices like myself. Both myself and my daughter are enjoiying learning Spanish and with ease too. Thank you.

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  • Annavini
  • 12-23-12

Well structured and easy to learn

I prefer to learn languages with face-to-face contact however I found Paul Noble's audio course is really helpful and easy to understand. It is well structured and clearly explained. It contains description of language peculiarities which helps to learn the language faster and acquire deeper understanding of it.

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  • Tony
  • 02-07-12

You will not believe this course

I honestly believed that I just did not have what it takes to learn a second language properly. Having tried several methods over the years - All I have ever picked up are a few useful phrases (Parrot fashion). After completing just part one of "Spanish with Paul Noble" I really feel that I am begining to understand the structure on the language as I have never been able to before - I am able to construct meaningful sentences as in a normal, everyday, conversation. My confidence that I shall actually learn another language has never been higher, Thank you so much

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  • Chris
  • 04-11-13

Absolutely amazing

Amazing.

I didn't know any Spanish.

I did all parts of the course (parts 1-3 and the course review), and now I'm very confident with where I am.

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  • E. J. Hever
  • 12-26-12

Renewed interest in Spanish

Tried many audio courses in the past but this is the best I have found.

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  • ChloetheMum
  • 07-17-12

Quite effective for learning a language

Having learned other languages the conventional way at school, I was interested to see how I would fare with this method. I'm happy to say that it works. Of course, there's only time for the very basics on this book, but it gives you a starting point, and gives you a bit of confidence. You'd probably enjoy practising what you've learned while on holiday, or chatting with your (bemused) family around the house . . . .

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  • Gwyneth
  • 04-20-11

Excellent method, fast and confidence building

I selected this method of learning Spanish as traditional methods haven't worked for me, It's brilliant, I listen whilst walking my dog and so am able to invest plenty of time, really enjoyable, I started using my new language immedately.

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  • Oliver
  • 12-07-15

Genius

I've tried listening to podcasts, using apps, and even Rosetta stones Spanish course, but none of them have come close to this in getting me to actually be able to speak Spanish in a functional way.

Paul noble is so good at teaching, he knows and predicts where you might go wrong and corrects your mistakes, almost like having a 1 on 1 session.

It will have you forming full sentences in just minutes, and explain how Spanish words have come into English and visa versa to give you a huge vocabulary instantly. To become fluent you have to purchase the other parts, but this is definitely the best place to start.

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  • vintage
  • 11-20-15

excellent

good place to start but don't count on being able to understand people when they talk to you.

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  • Metal God JR
  • 09-23-16

Absolutely Brilliant!

I've been listening to this volume for about 3 1/2 weeks and I'm really blown away by hpw quickly I'm picking it up. Between this and Duolingo I've been able to watch simple educational Spanish TV shows and pick up a huge chunk of the vocabulary and grammar structure. $7 is a bloody bargain!

Will be buying every volume!

Gracias Paul Noble. Su libro es mucho gusto.

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  • gideon.matthews
  • 09-08-16

Fantastic!

I am pretty bad with languages, tried several times to study Spanish, French and other ones with no success. Here there is a strong belief that this time I will succeed. The study works well with commuting to work and back.

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  • Nick Pollack
  • 05-23-18

Remarkably this works

Very easy to follow the instructions. And everything eventually gets repeated so even if you struggle with some phrases (inevitable really) you get a chance later to cover it all again. Really impressed with this audiobook!

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  • Bezelthia
  • 02-17-18

Brilliant!

This is such a good way to learn a language. Words introduced and repeated. Brilliant.

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  • Daniel Stranger
  • 01-17-18

The best way to learn Spanish.

Perfect, start to finish. The pacing works well with even the most raw learner, the content is sounds, and I picked it up much quicker than I anticipated.

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  • Reingoat
  • 12-24-17

Superb

An excellently paced course by someone who obviously understands how to teach. I thought this course was absolutely superb.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-21-17

Absolutely amazing

cant give this enough credit! best language learning program i have come by! the style this is taught in is just perfect for everyone! just awesome is all i can say! will be getting the other two parts for sure!

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  • Emily
  • 07-24-17

Great way to learn, very easy to follow

If you could sum up Collins Spanish with Paul Noble - Learn Spanish the Natural Way, Part 1 in three words, what would they be?

New concept, Easy to Follow, Need to get to Part 2

What was one of the most memorable moments of Collins Spanish with Paul Noble - Learn Spanish the Natural Way, Part 1?

It let you learn based on Latin words in English you already know

Have you listened to any of Paul Noble’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I would love to if audible allows more credit down the timeline :)

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not on sitting, I would take my time and listen to 2 chapters at a time

Any additional comments?

Download the book it is very helpful :)

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  • C. Broughton
  • 07-20-17

excelente!

Easy and fun. Builds from easy components to expand your knowledge and capability quite quickly.

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  • Sarah
  • 04-30-17

Good pace, very practical

I knew a tiny bit of Spanish basics and found this super easy to follow. It is a great way to learn and understand a language. I will definitely listen to me of these!