Learn Italian with Paul Noble for Beginners – Complete Course

Italian Made Easy with Your Personal Language Coach
Narrated by: Paul Noble
Length: 13 hrs
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Publisher's Summary

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; numbers; essential vocabulary to use when booking into a hotel, taking a taxi, and eating out
  • Part two: asking for directions, verb revision, travelling by bus and train, introducing and talking about yourself
  • Part three: useful phrases when shopping, vocabulary for conversing with a pharmacist or doctor, practice and revision, the future tense
  • Course review: the course review offers the opportunity to revise the full course and practise what you have learnt

A native-speaking Italian 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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Very good program overall. However, I don’t think many people camp anymore or reserve hotel rooms without a bathroom. The program should be updated to include airport situations and phone and texting scenarios.

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Best Audio Book to Learn Languages

I’ve tried quite a few audio books to learn basic Italian but this is the only audible book which made it possible for me to start to converse in the language. I ‘m looking forward to listening to Next Steps in Italian and hope it’s as good as this one.

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Wish the conversations were a bit more varied

The learning method was great (though I find 1.5 x listening to sound more natural). The phrases and discussions seemed a little odd, but maybe it gets better with the “next” part of the series. Otherwise, pretty great!

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Italian 101

Great way to start learning a new language. A good way to progress in the language. May recommend that a few more modern context be used but overall it is thoroughly enjoyable and intuitive.

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  • holly bird
  • 05-07-17

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I find this method of teaching languages very helpful for anyone wishing to gain a basic vocabulary and confidence to make a trip abroad. I have downloaded both the french and Italian, and although I had a very rudimentary knowledge of both languages, these recordings gave me immense confidence to talk and ask and demand etc. when travelling abroad. It also clarified and SIMPLIFIED the use of verbs and tenses.It is a very simple and repetitive method, but is not boring and keeps you on your toes. I have over years tried many other well known teaching methods, but this one for me is the only only one that actually "sunk in". Still, horses for courses as they say!

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  • Cowbhoy
  • 03-02-17

Very impressive!

It will surprise you how much you have picked up by the end as long as you are listening regularly. Nice, straight forward format of book that definitely works to get you started in a new language. I definitely recommend if you are serious about learning a language.

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  • Lisa
  • 06-05-17

great beginners Italian. perfect for holidays

really enjoyed this as a beginner. made me want to progress. the tips to help you remember certain words were great. I would definitely recommend this book to get started on the language.

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  • Simon Nicoll
  • 01-03-18

Excellent course

Excellent course that provides a good basic grounding in Italian now all we need is for Paul to do the next course in the series so we get continuity of instruction.

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  • Mr Gareth
  • 06-18-16

Amazing way to learn the basics of Italian.

I really enjoyed this audio book to Learn Italian. Paul Noble teaches you in a way that over the course of the book everything seems to stick. this is coming from someone who has an awfull memory. I would highly recommend this to any beginners who find learning a language difficult through normal text books.

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  • Andrew
  • 07-07-17

A excellent way to learn Italian

I have learnt so much from this audiobook and would highly recommend that you purchase if you want to get started learning Italian. I'm surprised at how much I actually retained. An excellent audiobook.

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  • C. Green
  • 07-14-18

Gives you some confidence

We were able to go to italy this year on hols but had only 5 weeks notice so I bought this course to help with a little basic language use. It feels very slow and a bit dreary but it is effective. I finished the course and relistened to the summary, which is the last half an hour, a few times. Much of the holiday we were able to stick to italian to ask about things and to buy provisions which felt very empowering. I think the course is like a scaffold and you can add any words you pick up, to it ,to expand its usefulness. If you buy this, answer all the questions out loud, that way you get used to actually saying them instead of just knowing that you should say them and then feeling too self conscious to do so. There are numbers near the end of the course and although they are useful, you really need to practice hearing them spoken as prices because it sounds very different to hear a shopkeeper telling you it is '45.20' than it does to hear the recorded voice say single numbers clearly. You will not be having long conversations at the end of this course, nor will it help you to catch what is being said in rapid italian .If you want those things then michell thomas or pimsleur would be more useful but for a quick cram before the hols when you know no italian, it is well worth it.

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  • Roberto
  • 05-11-17

Excellent resource

I can recommend this course: it is well planned and it uses the latest techniques for effective language learning. I've tried others over the last ten years but non are as good as this one. It is easy to follow and to complete: once finished you will be in a very strong position to continue with your study of italian. it lays a good foundation based on the modal verbs and also introduces you easily to both past and future tenses. Language learning has never been easier! Highly recommended: I wish I'd found this course ten years ago.

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  • Paul's Phone
  • 05-26-16

very good course

easy to follow lots of good repetition with clear instructions and help with learning .

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  • Nick mortimer
  • 05-11-17

excellent course.

A very good introduction to the language. enjoyed the course and feel very confident that for my holiday to Italy. I strongly recommend this course, especially if you spend lots of time on the road.

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  • Looshbaby
  • 08-22-19

Mostly Great

Having studied a little in the past, I was able to follow this pretty well, but I do think Paul's insistence on sticking with the formal third person creates confusion. However, a pretty concise overview well worth listening to.

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  • James Bassett
  • 08-18-19

Fantastic

13 hours of content which I grabbed for 1 token, can now make basic sentences in Italian and have been set up with simple grammar rules which will allow me to use new terms easily!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-30-20

Bravo

very good educational audiobook. i like it already. chapter 5 and im already forming my own sentences.

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  • K. Brand
  • 07-06-19

Easy to learn and remember language course

Very much in the style of Michel Thomas's learning method Paul Noble uses simple phrases that are highly repeated utilising the Spaced Repetition method well known to enhance the ability for long term remembering of subject material. I've been learning Italian on and off for the past few years and this course had me remembering and speaking useful phrases very quickly. Although I already had a good grasp of romance language structure and their verb conjugations I'm sure a beginner will still pick up the simple sentences and create their own. I'll certainly keep this at the top of my grab bag of language learning tools.

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  • Pat Johnson
  • 05-06-19

Lovely narration.

Extremely good I learned a lot but will re- listen a few more times and then try to remember!