• Learn French with Paul Noble for Beginners – Complete Course

  • French Made Easy with Your Personal Language Coach
  • By: Paul Noble
  • Narrated by: Paul Noble
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Education & Learning, Language Learning
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (211 ratings)
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An exciting, nontraditional approach to language learning with the easy, relaxed appeal of an audio-only product. No books. No rote memorisation. No chance of failure. 

This download contains the entire course: 

  • Part one: 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 
  • Part two: useful vocabulary at the tourist office, asking for directions, where you are from and what you do, pronunciation 
  • Part three: practice and revision, vocabulary for conversing with a doctor, masculine and feminine, the present and future tenses 
  • Course review: the course review offers a very useful opportunity to revise the full course and practise what you have learnt 

A native-speaking French expert helps you to perfect your pronunciation. Learn over 6,000 words in no time at all, and learn how to make your new vocabulary work for you. A downloadable booklet is also included to use as a reference and revision tool. 

©2016 Paul Noble (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Excellent. Use this first before Rosetta Stone

Paul Noble does an amazing job making French structure and grammar easy to understand, learn, and retain. I had been using Rosetta Stone, but found myself lost on structure. I then used Paul Noble's French and I had so many "a- ha, now I get it!" moments that I paused Rosetta and will finish Noble first. Amazing job. A definite must if yo want to learn French essentials.

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Great language learning tips and drills!

I almost didn't get this because I am more at an intermediate level than a beginner level, but I'm so glad I did. It has great tips for remembering how and why certain things are done in French, that are making it much easier for me to use the language! And there were great practice sessions on the the things I needed more practice on, such as the placement of pronouns in a sentence. There are also practice sessions at the end without the explanations that are good for review or for more advanced learners. I'm not sure how this would have worked for me if I had been a beginner but it was a great program for me.

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A smart approach to French you can actually learn!

Fantastique! I studied French decades ago in college and spoke well, yet lost everything due to lack of practice. What's more, it was always a strain to understand the logic of French or to discern predictable patterns that jump-started my vocabulary and understanding. This course changes that! I am *VERY* impressed with the simple, memorable explanations and the "building blocks" approach – so different from other courses. Within a few lessons I was sounding confident and actually understanding what was going on...caught myself laughing at myself and thinking "I can't believe I just said that!" Excellent and highly recommended.

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Great Introductory Course to French

Firstly, I loved this complete course. Paul Noble's teaching method is VERY similar to Michele Thomas (for those of you familiar with his teachings) and very effective in the same way - It's essentially "listen & repeat" throughout the entire course, but also comes with a very useful PDF download that I would suggest adding to your space repetition method, ie: Anki deck to help remember what you've learned.

I started learning French using Pimsleur, which was effective in the same way, but I found it very boring and couldn't continue. This course really came in where that left off and I found no problem following the chapters without getting bored.

A few of the reviews are giving this a bad rating because of the similarities to the Michele Thomas courses, which is ridiculous. If anything, they should give a great review because of that!

Thanks for reading, everyone!

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So helpful

I’ve messed around with learning French as an adult numerous times and this program has been the most helpful to me. The building block style of teaching, explanations and repetition enabled me to finally get over a few hurdles that have confounded me in the past.

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Tons of material, simply explained!

Paul Noble does a wonderful job of explaining difficult language concepts simply, so that, by the end of the course, I had learned the basics of three French tenses without frustration. No long vocabulary lists. Instead, this focuses on how to put sentences together. I was surprised and pleased with how quickly and easily the material came. Highly recommend for those beginning to learn French!

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An excellent way to learn

I have taken French in the past, but this course gives me hope that I will be able to actually come away with useful knowledge. Paul Noble does an excellent job with the narration and the material is presented in a way that is really making the concepts stick. I never thought I had a prayer at becoming multilingual before now. I highly recommend this book to anyone who thought language-learning was impossible!

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Well-paced and thorough

Just 30 minutes every day in my car was a great way to get comfortable with the beginnings of the French language. I’m excited to go to the next level!

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I loved this book and learned so much!

this is the most helpful audiobook I've used! I learned so much I didn't understand before.

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full sentences in French very fast.

to fast for full sentences. slowing it down drags the English to long. and often go right into the next thing without be able to think to much about it. understand this is part of the way he wants you to learn it. but I find myself stuck for words like it's right there but I can't quite remember unless I listen to the chapter 3-4 times.

none of this is deal-breakers but having your phone on hand is a must to pause it or go back. I try to keep this to a minimum and short.

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  • Davestallion
  • 09-11-16

I was so surprised at how well I picked this up!

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

Yes. I wasn't convinced about audiobooks to learn languages, but this proved me wrong within the first 30 minutes. Brilliant!

What other book might you compare Learn French with Paul Noble: Complete Course: French Made Easy with Your Personal Language Coach to, and why?

Other language courses, although I haven't tried any yet. This will give you the confidence to try something a bit more advanced, as it gives you a great grounding in the basic of French speaking.

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

Not yet. Going to do Italian next!

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

I wouldn't bother... That would be just weird.

Any additional comments?

Try it, honestly, it works.

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  • Alex Ireson
  • 08-08-16

The best way to learn French

They tried to teach me in school and I've been visiting France for years, but I've only ever managed to retain the most basic French. This has taught me so much in such a short time and has given me the confidence to think that someday I might even be fluent!

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  • Alistar Davies
  • 04-30-16

The easy way to learn a language

I have several french language courses and this is by far the best. I would recommend it to anyone.

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  • Jackie Allen
  • 04-28-17

Great way to learn French but no irregular future

I wasn't a complete beginner but I still found this audio recording very useful. I liked the mix of English explanation and French examples. I love rules and the author was good at explaining the theory behind each of the French grammatical constructs.
He explores the shared linguistic history of English and French, which is not only interesting, but is a useful tool to help remember the French. E.g.He explains that for the past tense for some verbs (generally seen as action verbs) the French use Je suis (e.g. je suis arrivé, I am arrived) rather than J'ai (j'ai arrivé, I have arrived). He explains that this is something that English used to do and gives some examples. (e.g. in Shakespeare) I was able to think of an example myself "Unto us a child is born" (not "has been" born) which has not cemented that fact in my brain.
Just got to near to the end and am a little disappointed. He tackles the future (I will, he will etc) and starts with the regular which is understandable because they are easier.
But then instead of doing the irregular, it is just numbers, letters and revision. Unfortunately, it is the irregular future verbs, I will be, I will go, I will do and I will have ...etc that I think are the most useful. I really wanted to practise those. There is also no past imperfect but can forgive that.
I don't think it is therefore "complete"

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  • Daniel
  • 03-02-17

Really outstanding: shockingly good!

What about Paul Noble’s performance did you like?

Very well crafted course.

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I have a crummy Grade C in O Level that is 35 years old and yet, having gone through half of this course so far, I can express quite complex sentences and understand a huge amount. I have shocked my family with the occasional erudite sentence that I spout effortlessly at the dinner table - and put my kids, who used to be way ahead of me and would mock me for my rubbish French - to shame! The joy! If you thought you couldn't learn French, give this course a try - extremely well designed and executed. Thanks Paul!

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  • Lesley Bugler
  • 05-16-16

Excellent!

Really easy to understand and learn. Paul Noble teaches French in a way that you just pick it up as you go through the course.

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  • GLYNN
  • 09-08-16

Excellently designed and presented course

Where does Learn French with Paul Noble: Complete Course: French Made Easy with Your Personal Language Coach rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is a much better designed and presented course than the Michel Thomas version. Paul Noble uses a French speaker, so you hear the correct French pronunciation of words rather than non French people trying to speak the language. Paul Noble's explanations are also clearer and more memorable.

What other book might you compare Learn French with Paul Noble: Complete Course: French Made Easy with Your Personal Language Coach to, and why?

The Michel Thomas's course uses the same approach

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Paul Noble's explanation of how to conjugate and pronounce the future verb tense

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

It is far too long and needs to be listened to in bite sized chunks.

Any additional comments?

Clearest and best explained French course we have heard. Also great to listen to just before re visiting France.

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  • Giorgio
  • 10-05-16

Brilliant Grammar Drill

This very thorough and intensive course really put me through my paces, which is what I wanted. The course works through a non-stop series of drills, which are led and explained very slowly and clearly by Paul Noble, at a pace which is relaxed, yet persistent. Although there is very little use of grammatical terms, I feel that the course is very grammar-focussed, a big positive for me. The course nevertheless also covers a range of communicative situations.

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  • Sc
  • 04-23-17

Excellent way to learn

excellent, makes sense and easy enough to follow without feeling lost. Def a great way to learn a language. I will be running through it again now I have finished to see how much I retained. Feeling confident. Thank you.

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  • cristhian zevallos villavicencio
  • 04-12-17

Best way to learn another language

This book is well structured and easy to follow. i was surprised when suddenly I started answering the questions without thinking.

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  • M N.
  • 01-05-21

Great French lessons

This is a super audio book for learning French. I have been walking in allows lockdown and listening as I went. I have now begun really getting to grips with the language. Thanks Paul

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-09-21

Self teaching French isn't easy lol

Thoroughly enjoyed this. For a chef I know very little French. This was easy to follow and I'm picking it up fairly quickly. Just need too fund a face to face teacher as good as Paul.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-16-21

Incredible Learning Experience

If you want to lean French this audio series is all you need. They way Paul explains things simplifies the seemingly complex grammatical side of learning a language.

Paul’s style of teaching will help make all the puzzle piece fall in to place.

I‘ve just purchased the next audio book in the series and I’m very excited about learning even more!

À bientôt!

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  • Marianne Jesussek
  • 09-08-21

French speaker way too fast

I like the format but the French speaker speaks at such a speed that all the phrases blend and I have no idea what to say. Words were ok but putting them together is a struggle. I’ve gone thru this book twice and it’s still hard to decipher.

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  • Admin
  • 06-08-21

Fantastic Book

Highly Recommend, you can listen over and over again. repetition is the best way to remember. Paul makes French easier.

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  • Lisa
  • 04-19-21

Actually enjoyable!

I've tried a few times to learn French, usually via smartphone app, but always fall off the wagon. Learning via something like Duolingo feels like you get words, but not phrases and patterns that you need to know to actually SPEAK French. Paul's course is easy to follow, and you feel real accomplishment along the way as you gain phrases and answer the questions.

Don't be put off by the slow-to-start introduction and first lesson; once you get going the pace is really good, and it's easy to pause here and there if you need more time to complete a phrase or remember the right verb form. Repeating a lesson really helps; I listen, then leave it entirely, and when I come back maybe a couple days later to relisten I'm blown away at how fluently I speak phrases that I often stumbled over first time around, and hadn't practiced since!

Overall this is a great leapfrog way to just. get. going. with speaking French; I've bought the next book, Next Steps, and from there shall make my own way by watching and reading French media. This shall help me tie in spoken French with written form. I will also force myself to journal daily in French, laborious as it shall be... once I know a little more.

Bonne chance!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-24-20

Best French Class on Audio

A fantastic teacher with a fantastic method to get you in the mood to learn

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  • Robyn Berry
  • 08-19-20

french speech is too fast

I found this learning tool be only ok 🤔. The French speaking components were way to fast to actually grasp. If a slow initial statement was included it would be easier to follow. Even if paused mid statement...still too fast. Also the pdf print was way tooo small and unable to be enlarged, so couldn't read it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-21-20

The best way I've found to learn french

As someone who has struggled my entire life in a classroom setting, attempting to learn anything "by rote", or by listening and taking notes, this has been an awakening for me - not only have I been so excited about learning a language, seeing my progress with this approach has been nothing short of addictive.
If you have doubts about your memory, or comprehension via listening, this method has absolutely given me confidence in my ability.
I am so grateful to Paul Noble and his phenomenal linking of English to French, his ability to explain and articulate concepts in an easy to understand/remember format, and his follow-through on his initial promise to "remind you" of parts of the course from earlier - giving you the chance to forget, then remember. It's all been perfect. I CAN SPEAK FRENCH?! Woweeeeee!!