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Publisher's Summary

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 groundbreaking 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
  • Asking questions
  • Introduction to verbs

At the hotel, a native-speaking German expert helps 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. A downloadable booklet is also included to use as a reference and revision tool.

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

©2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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You only need number1

What did you love best about Learn German with Paul Noble, Part 1?

This series is awesome. Paul Noble rocks at teaching n00bs like myself. By the end of this, you will be amazed at how much you can understand and say. HIGHLY recommend. <br/><br/>BUT BE WARNED! You only need this one. DO NOT WASTE money on the other 3, becuase they are just the first one broken into three parts. They are the exact same so save your money and only buy number 1!

Any additional comments?

AWESOME! Sehr Gut!

20 of 22 people found this review helpful

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The most essential tool for learning.

While I have completed a good 30 or so hours of Rosetta Stone and am deep in the level two area, I still haven't the foggiest on grammar or how to string a series of words together to form a sentence. While it is true I can point at a picture of a green apple and tell you what it is in German, I wasn't able to say, can I have a green apple and so on. Sure I had a step up going into this as a knew a great deal of words I still had no idea how they worked. Paul Noble uses a simple approach that I practice while I run and walk around in my day and for the first time, I can actually speak German. Can I move there today and fit right in. No, but can I say simple sentences that I couldn't before. Yes. Have I been able to form sentences when I wanted to answer someone. Yes. So, overall, to me, there is not a better learning solution than this.

19 of 21 people found this review helpful

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  • Moonchild
  • Detroit, Mi. United States
  • 11-09-14

Repetition works

Would you listen to Learn German with Paul Noble, Part 1 again? Why?

Yes. Necessary to have repetition to learn a language

Would you recommend Learn German with Paul Noble, Part 1 to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes. It works. By the end, German words and phrases have been burned into your brain.

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

No.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

N/A

Any additional comments?

If you buy this Part 1, don't bother with Part 2, and perhaps 3 and 4 as well. Part 2 is a repeat of what was learned in Part 1. Although once you buy Part I you do not need to buy the other Parts, I was disappointed that I could not continue on in the series and learn more vocabulary. Instead, I had to switch to another language system.

17 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • Phil
  • Newcastle, Australia
  • 01-24-13

This is brilliant!!

I always wanted to learn German but have heard horrors stories of hours upon hours spent studying vowels sounds and conjugations. This condenses it and makes it so user friendly. Take the plunge, you will not regret it, Great price too!!

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

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This man DELIVERS!!

It was perfect for my introduction to the sounds and some of the basic building blocks of sentence structure in the German language. This is a beginners course, and covers a very narrow scope of vocabulary and grammar. But I'm so surprised at how much I learned, and more important, it set the stage for my continued study, as the course was fun and so damned effective! The instructor is truly a genius. By the end of this program I was busting out very long sentences with virtually no effort at all. I highly recommend this program to anyone who has an interest in German. Loved it!!!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Good for travelers

Any additional comments?

If you're going to Germany, this is an excellent way to get acquainted with the language. The repetition really drills the words into you.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Phenomenal learning style.

I am largely self taught:Rosetta and other audio CDs and I spent a week in Berlin at a German language school. This was the BEST I have encountered. Word relationships make everything easy.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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I feel like I've learned some basic German.

What made the experience of listening to Learn German with Paul Noble, Part 1 the most enjoyable?

I feel that Paul does a fantastic job of starting slowly for those who have not had any German. I also appreciated his explanations of how some of the words translate from English to German. This book might be a little slow if one has had German in high school. Parts 2 and 3 do not include any additional vocabulary and may be a better choice for those wishing to review something they learned, but have not used for many years.<br/><br/>I rated the performance 4/5 stars because there were a few times that the proper pronunciation was slightly difficult to understand.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Excellent for Self-Teaching Beginners

What made the experience of listening to Learn German with Paul Noble, Part 1 the most enjoyable?

This is the best program for gaining a firm foundation in the German language when you are teaching yourself. I've tried other audio lessons and podcasts, but even though they say they are for beginners they advance too quickly and the learner (me) gets frustrated and wants to quit. With this program I'm learning German without thinking about it and it is "clicking" with me as never before. Sure, you are not going to be fluent even after going through all four parts of this program, but you will have a solid grip on the language for further study.

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This guy is incredible

If you could sum up Learn German with Paul Noble, Part 1 in three words, what would they be?

Completely new way to learn that is fantastic! You first learn to speak German with the English equivalents. So you are speaking German in English. You don't even know you are speaking German but you are. You learn sentence structure first, THEN you slowly learn real German words. You get comfortable with speaking German before you deep dive. This is perfect for me.

What other book might you compare Learn German with Paul Noble, Part 1 to and why?

Unique

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

Don't buy any other book, this is the one.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Pericles
  • 02-01-15

excellent

This waa a brilliant re- introduction and encouraging course for me as I try to get my o level german....finished some 35 years ago . ...back into some semblance of usefulness. He is, perhaps, a little patronizing to his listeners but if you can smile through
that, I do feel it is a very helpful tool

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  • pvas
  • 07-25-14

Excellent Resource.

Where does Learn German with Paul Noble, Part 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Only tried this one audiobook, but i have a wealth of other German resources and nothing has helped the German language stick like this.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

N/a

What does Paul Noble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He has a really soothing voice and sounds inviting into the language.

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

No.

Any additional comments?

This is the way to learn grammar for anyone who's tried and failed before using different methods. Not a single grammatical term outside of 'verb' is used yet somehow the implicit use of grammar helps you memorise it. I don't know how it works, but it does. After listening for two days i'm easily constructing basic sentences. Yes - BASIC sentences. Don't buy this thinking it will make you fluent, but it will give you a solid grounding which you can add upon later. It does this by adding pieces onto what you've already learned and through a lot of good repetition.<br/><br/>Excellent product, and at the price you can't grumble.

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  • Lucky Kaa
  • 04-17-14

A ver enjoyable way to learn

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Paul Noble promotes this as being for people who aren't normally very good at languages. As one of these people, I've found it excellent. <br/><br/>The course starts of with some simple concepts that are similar to English - "I Can", "Can I ... ?" and doesn't require or expect the listener to learn vocabulary. In fact we're explicitly told that it's okay to forget. If a piece of vocab or a rule is needed later, we'll be reminded. However, I found that the vocab has stuck with me mostly.<br/><br/>There seems to be a determined refusal to use gramatical terms, no explict conjugation, no lists of words to learn. Each lesson builds on earlier ones. New words are introduced as we might need them. We're taught how to construct sentences in a fairly natural way.<br/><br/>It's a fairly short course. After part 1 I do have the ability to construct fairly complex sentences. "I can't come because it isn't practical" "I have seen it. It is fantastic". "Can you reserve a room, because I can't do it", and I realise the odd word of German I've picked up over time can be added to these sentences. I do find the repetition gets a little tiresome at times. Not jsut of the vocaubulary but of the way to structure a sentence, and how to use the course. The pace is a little slower than I'd like but nothing too serious, and obviously it's better to go too slow than too fast.I have certainly enjoyed this and feel a certain confidence speaking the language, even if what I can say is limited.<br/><br/>Am looking forward to sections 2 and 3.

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  • Miss Draper
  • 03-02-16

Great for beginners

Really pleased with this purchase!
I would recommend this to anyone who has felt daunted trying to learn basic German. He clearly explains rules which could be confusing and uses phrases which are useful right away. I'm now excited to build on what I've learnt.

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  • pithy99
  • 02-17-16

Very good value for money

Where does Learn German with Paul Noble, Part 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I think this is the whole Learn German Course as it very long compared to the other Paul Noble audiobooks and it also includes a whole course revision/summary at the end which seems to correspond to book 4 in the series. I am not sure if this is a mistake but for 1 audible credit it is good value compared for the Paul Noble Italian which is going to cost 4 credits for the same length course. Get this and don't bother with books 2,3,4.<br/><br/>I loved the course - although it is light on vocabulary you really do believe you can speak german by the end of it. I went to Austria and started ordering food in german - and they spoke back in german. This is a big compliment because they usually reply in english if they think you are not a native speaker.

Would you ever listen to anything by Paul Noble again?

Yes - just started the Italian

Any additional comments?

Where do I go next with german language learning - audio only is my preferred medium. It would be good to have some advice at the end of the course.

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  • Jim
  • 02-15-14

Der Erste Programme

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

Jawohl sehr bestimmt,! Yes most definitely)! Sie haben diese lesen nicht hart gemacht!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Paul Noble he has structured this course into easily learnt stages with excellent recapitulation. The programme is quite easy to follow and anyone who wishes to learn German should have no difficulty in following the various stages

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

No. But this first stage has impressed me considerably and I will most definitely follow the entire course through it's complete set of stages.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The presentation of stage one was structured so as to make the the subject matter easy to assimilate. The method in which the course is presented and the various phrases are demonnstrated by a German lady speaker are most impressive. I am also very impressed with the manual which accompanies the course

Any additional comments?

I am 78 years of age and learnt basic German whilst at school 1948/49, I also spent 18 months of my National Service in Germany (Krefeld and Wilhelmshaven) in 1954/55,However this Course is giving me a better understanding of the German language and it's practical application despite my age. Vielen Danke oder Viele Danken.<br/>Jim Brown

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Kassandra
  • 03-01-13

Friendly and approachable

I have tried the Michael Thomas course and, while it was good I found the school teacher style and the way he has to correct the 'students' got to me after a while. Paul's uses a similar approach, but with the German spoken by a native speaker, so it was calmer and more relaxed.

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  • Jan
  • 08-20-17

I would like to kidnap the baby?!?!

I downloaded this because I'm going through the process of re-learning German so I'm not a complete beginner. Right from the first chapter I was really good choice. The narrator is easy to listen to and having the German woman doing the German was a really good thing to have.

There was the odd interesting fact thrown in such as why English has a lot in common with German. Some really useful tools provided which will help me with other German that I'll be learning too such as how to identify and translate some English into German.

A lot of repetition, too much at times I felt but then repetition is key and as I said before I'm not starting from scratch. Really good the way sometimes you'd be learning something and before it got boring you'd move on to something else and then come back to it again later. Narrator didn't need to keep telling me that I can go back and redo the chapter if I was having trouble - I get that, that's the thing about books you can read them again.

One oddity of this book was that of the couple of hundred or so things I can say in German is "I want to kidnap a baby". I get the point Paul was making about adding 'en' onto the end of English words to make them German but hopefully I won't be kidnapping any babies whilst visiting Germany. But now at least if that was the case and I did want to do that it's good to know I can express my urges and someone can notify the police

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  • Mr. N. R. F. Smith
  • 07-27-17

Best intro to German

I really like the Michel Thomas (MT) series. This is a very similar methodology so you build up the language and get some confidence manipulating it spontaneously rather than learning stock phrases. Where it improves on MT is that there are no students in the recording and the content is more geared towards what you may need on holiday. MT is great for learning the skeleton of the language but with just that you are poorly equipped to deal with simple tourist situations. This course also covers articles (a and the) quite comprehensively given its length which is neglected in MT.

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  • Aoife Adams
  • 08-22-16

Such an enjoyable way to learn German!

Always wanted to learn this language and picked up a few words when I was in Germany earlier this year. I love Audible books and when I came home I listened to several different ones offering to teach German before deciding on Paul Noble's. I was not disappointed. I found his way of teaching very clear and I liked the way he returns again and again to the same phrases and words so that they sink in almost effortlessly. He first gives the words or sentences in English, then they are spoken in German by a young woman with a lovely voice and intonation. I found her easy to copy. My progress was quick as I enjoyed the question and answer form of teaching and tried to put in some work every day.

There is a booklet to accompany the course but this was not supplied by Audible as a download - something I recommend they should do.

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  • Naomi
  • 04-08-15

Very Refreshing

Instruction seems to be based around the idea that we learn best through having existing concepts with which to attach new information to, and that repetition is necessary for memory retention.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Jaekoo S.
  • 07-15-17

Very easy to follow. Absolutely loved it!

A wondeful method of teaching German to English speakers. Getting more confident to press on. Thanks a lot.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-11-17

Excellent learning tool

this course is very well constructed and explains often German grammar very well. I would recommend this from beginner to intermediate.

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  • Ben
  • 07-02-16

wow! helped me learn ALOT!

I'm the worst person for learning languages- but this book made it easy! great investment!

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  • Mr Michael P Foster
  • 05-14-16

Excellent start to understanding the German language

I thoroughly enjoyed this program. The pace and content was easy to follow. Well priced, I look forward to expanding my learning to other languages presented by Paul.

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  • Carl
  • 04-12-16

Perfect for beginners

Paul does a fantastic job. Well worth it. I'm looking forward to the second book