Learn Mandarin Chinese with Paul Noble for Beginners – Complete Course

Mandarin Chinese Made Easy with Your Personal Language Coach
Narrated by: Paul Noble
Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
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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.

For all those who have struggled to learn Chinese in the past.
For all those who think they’re just not a linguist.
For all those who don’t have the time - or the inclination - to sit and study a textbook.

This is your chance to have a one-to-one lesson from Paul and his native-speaking Mandarin Chinese experts, and all in your own time. Importantly, you will also know how to make your new vocabulary work for you. No set phrases, no lists of vocabulary. Just real Chinese at your fingertips.

A more in-depth course for those looking to improve their language skills, with over 12 hours of audio and a handy written revision guide to reinforce your learning.

©2018 Paul Noble and Kai-Ti Noble (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Always start with Noble

I am a Paul Noble fan. I have listened to his complete courses in German, Spanish, and French. Every so often, I review the last hour to get my basics back before I travel. Starting in June (2018), I began working on Mandarin using Mondly, Drops, and Duolingo. After several months, I was learning but I just didn't feel I was getting it. I preordered the Paul Noble Complete Series in Chinese with high hopes.

It exceeded my expectations. I listened to an hour to two a week, frequently repeating sections while I drove or went on a run. After about two months, I am more confident and can say basic things. The language courses have aided my app learning and my general understanding of how the language functions, This is the best language investment I make. Sometimes the process is frustrating but Paul Nobel's method is by far the most effective language learning technique I have experienced.

I have used and purchased nearly every language tool at one time or another from Rosetta Stone to Fluenz to Michel Thomas to Lingodeer. Every one of the major programs has strengths and weaknesses. All of them are worth the money, but Paul Noble's programs are generally underpriced for the product received. I enthusiastically endorse all of his products and I have never been disappointed. All of his courses are worth the investment and have gotten me through the basics more quickly than any other method.

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Recommend to overseas born kids

I am Chinese. I have been struggling teaching and getting my 7 years old daughter to speak Chinese. She understands more than she can speak. The problem is that I am the only Chinese speaker around her. With more and more reading in English, she has less and less interest in responding in Chinese to me. Then she get more and more behind in speaking. Paul Noble breaks the sentences down into many pieces. These pieces are repeatedly being asked during the whole book. Also, he explains words in a non-native Chinese speaker way that I never thought of. And they all make sense. With repetition of the words, my daughters remember them. With repeated practice, she gains confidence and is willing to speak more in Chinese. We play the book on the way to school or any short rides every day. With 30 -40 min a day, she has improved so much. I strongly recomend this book to any parent who try to get their kids to speak in Chinese.

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A great learning method for Mandarin Chinese

I absolutely love learning languages and trying out new language learning products! My Spanish is quite good, my French is survival, my Korean is upper beginner, and I'm now on a journey with Mandarin Chinese. Paul Noble's Method is like a current generation version of the Michel Thomas Method, but with a more modern feel and several quality of life improvements for language learners. I purchased it yesterday, and have learned with it for about an hour so far. My initial impressions are quite good! Paul obviously put a lot of thought into the course, because he made a few choices that are VERY good. For instance, he has two native Mandarin speakers working with him. A female speaker and a male speaker. This is very impressive because almost no language learning products use both male and female speakers in the same product. In many languages males and females speak differently, so being able to hear the difference is incredibly useful. Also, the female speaker speaks the sentence in a slower fashion, and the male speaker then will speak the same sentence at normal speed. This way you can hear the words broken down, as well as at full speed. I am using this course in conjunction with other methods, and it has already helped me figure out how I can use vocabulary that I've learned from other materials. Paul's way of logically explaining how to use Chinese is fantastic. I'm super impressed so far and look forward to finishing the course!

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Learn Chinese! START HERE!!!

I really can't praise this audio course enough!
If you want to learn Chinese... start with this!

I have been dabbling with Chinese using other audio books and apps and paper books for 5 years not getting much of anywhere.

I wish I had this audio course BEFORE everything else!

I have been working through it in the car on the commute... and it is ALL sticking.
I AM LEARNING!

Very useful vocabulary. Very helpful and successful method of teaching. Includes a PDF book designed with thoughtfulness and care.

AND yeah you won't get the tones right at first... but if you keep listening and answering and repeating and trying... you WILL get the tones.

Just give your brain time and practice.

AFTER you get spoken and listening vocabulary using this course... THEN is the time to start learning how to read and write the Chinese characters. Do that AFTER learning the words speaking and listening.

I have enough vocabulary now from this course, I WANT to learn more, and I want to practice by typing / creating new sentences using the words I have learned from this course.

Start here! Get this audio course!

I have managed to travel in China without knowing Chinese... this one course would have made my time there much easier!

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  • 06-24-19

Much better than Pimsleur

I've spent years using Pimsleur to limited results. Paul Noble has exposed the flaws in Pimsleur to me. Firstly one needs tone practice, pinyin, actual explanations of sentence structure and an understanding of what is required and what can be left out, as well as a modern vocabulary. all of these things Noble provides and Pimsleur is lacking.

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  • RJ
  • 03-19-19

Great resource for learning mandarin!

I am currently about halfway through listening to this book. I am amazed at how many words and phrases I am able to say and remember. I have learned more from this book than I have in the past several years using many other types of language learning software programs. Looking forward to hearing and speaking through the rest of this book. I have also spoken and practiced with many of my new friends in China. They all say that my spoken mandarin sounds great!

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the best so far

I have many primsleur, power rapid mandarin, earworms, and this for audiobooks, plus duolingo, drops, hello Chinese (my favorite app) and about 10 other apps, I have 5 textbooks with CD and of them all, I feel that this audiobook taught me the most. he leads you through very methodically, gobs and gobs of repetition, but it's a never exactly the same. you have to think, how to put together what he has taught and is teaching you.he teaches you what you need to know to create sentences. for instance, "he drank my coffee but I ate his mapo dofu" or " my mom said, we can't go to China town tomorrow" or yesterday I bought a new, good laptop. you dont learn how to regurgitate the same sentences over and over. instead you learn how to use what he teaches to make your own sentences, using all the tenses plus how to add adjectives, etc, all just by having you listen and learn step by step. he doesn't use words like adjectives and tenses, those are just my words describing what he teaches. his 2nd audiobook is due out on Jan 24th (2019) which as I write this is only 5 days away. I've already prepurchased. I highly recommend this book, not frustrating and you learn a lot!

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Perfect pace for a beginning learner

I have worked through an app to start to build my Chinese competency, and this course is really helping me feel confident saying the words aloud and stringing the words together into phrases and even whole sentences. I don't think it would be enough for me to use this resource alone, but it has perfectly complemented the more visually-based parts of my study.
This course allows just enough repetition for words to stick, and it introduces new words at a pace I can handle.

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  • MW
  • 12-13-19

Very logical and Easy Way of Learning Mandarin

I am 5 hours into this course over a 2 week period. I have made good progress. Paul Noble's method is simple and modular. I look forward to getting into the course every morning. He mentions that you can forget what is being taught. One of the tricks I am using is, every morning and evening, I rewind about 15-30 mins of the material that I have gone through. It helps me with getting a firm grasp on that material as I move forward. I spent about 1.25 hour morning and evening . I augment this material with google translate as it shows me the tonal spelling. Try not to miss multiple days(I did and regretted it), a single day puts you behind a lot. Overall very impressed with this. I have bought the next book and will jump into that as soon as this is done.

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fabulous!

loved everything about this course! only thing I would change would be longer pauses in the review chapters.

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  • Eddy
  • 04-02-19

Excellent course

I had never thought I would be able to learn another language but I have always wanted to. The course made learning sentence structure simple and the repetition has made it easy to remember.

While this course has taught things such as ordering food and asking people if they would like to do something, the real value has come from how excellently it teaches constructing your own sentences and understanding Chinese language structure. I feel I am getting so much more out of other learning materials thanks to the great explanation in this course, and that has given me the confidence to believe that I will be able to reach fluency at some point.

I can't recommend this enough and just wish I could give it more stars! Will definitely be going through "Next Steps in Mandarin Chinese"

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  • MS B E JONES
  • 03-31-19

I highly recommend this course.

I really enjoyed this course. It was easy to follow and highly effective. Please can I have more?

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  • 06-15-19

You need this!

I am highly suspicious of some reviews slamming this for being repetitive, because we all need reputation to learn!

To give you some back ground, I have about 8 month prior Mandarin Chinese experience, using apps, flashcards various DIY methods.

How I wish I began with this, I didn't have to worry about tones, despite the fact the best explaination I have learned relating to them is actually from this! I didn't have to worry about reading Pinyin and Hanzi (Chinese script).
This way of learning was so natural, almost like being a baby, you learn to speak before you can read. This gave me a lot confidence in speaking the little Chinese I do know. Which is slightly more then what you will learn in this audiobook due to my right months prior learning.
By the end of the book you while no how to say:
你好,我想点咕噜肉,一个菜包子和茉莉花茶。
You will regardless of skill level by the end of book, be constructing such long sentences and it's not just about food, you will learn to say where you are going, what you are doing, if you are driving, if you are allowed, skilled or capable of various different things. It's quite rigid but amazing with this system you will be well on your way. This would have made all my prior learning easier. I did this in the space of just over 1 month and am now looking forward to the sequel! 再见朋友。

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  • Mark McGuire
  • 01-11-20

Very useful

As a regular visitor to China for business I got interested in learning some phrases. This book helped greatly, and although some locals laugh at the phrases ( such as for laptop - hand lift electric brain is now mostly replaced by notebook electric brain) they still understand.

There does appear to be some errors within the audio book though. For instance, at times, instead of the female and male local speakers repeating the word, you'll only get the female repeating it twice. Also, chapters 97 & 98 appear back to front when he introduces the different ways of saying can.

Nonetheless, it's a really good way of learning a language I never thought I'd understand. I feel it could have sections where he asks what the native speakers are asking but it's still an enjoyable course to follow. The hardest part in learning this is if you use one phrase the locals think you're fluent and either speak too fast or use phrases you don't know. it's all part of the experience. Happy travels!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-14-19

Learning languages at it's best!

Fantastic, Paul teaches you the ins and outs of the language with such ease I find my brain already knowing how to speak chinese before the words come out of my mouth. really great learning technique and very fun.

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  • Chris Thorby
  • 10-15-19

Easy to understand Chinese!

A brilliant guide to understanding the Chinese language. Made in a way that's easier to understand, would highly recommend to any beginner learner!

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  • modama
  • 07-18-19

After 10 years trying..at last a book that works

I have tried different books, systems, audiobooks, you name it. Paul Noble's style is fabulous and engaging. Strainght to work! Highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-14-19

Great!

It had been really easy to follow, Paul does a great job of teaching it.
The style of teaching is also excellent!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-27-20

Good language Learning app

If you're interested in learning the basics of mandarin, the book lays it in a fairly easy method to grasp the concepts and memorise.

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  • Lillyb
  • 05-01-20

Really good.

I got on really well with this method. I found it moved along quickly enough and I was never completely stuck. The review was harder and I had to listen more than twice. I will return to it again. Feeling inspired to try the next step.

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  • jothamkingston
  • 12-10-18

More Special Fried Rice Please

Wow! What a ride!

This is about the fourth time I've tried to learn a language, and for the first time I got all the way to the end of the course. Consequently, I can highly recommend this audiobook.

Granted the plot is a little monotonous: I ate special fried rice about a million times and purchased quite a few laptop computers. I went to Beijing almost as many times as I ate special fried rice. (You'll understand what I mean when you get the audiobook....) but the twist at the end is very unexpected. I have enough of a grip on the language to order food from a restaurant or bakery, or to have a conversation about locations. I can talk in present, past and future tense. The best part is that I have enough of an understanding of the structure to be able to 'plug in' new vocabulary lists.

The course moves at a good pace. Mostly I ran it at 1.25x just to force myself to think quicker, and I was able to keep up. About four times through the course I had to back up about 5 minutes, especially when there was more than one new word introduced. There's a 45 minute review near the end of the course that I'm planning to use regularly as a refresher over the next few months.

Perhaps one improvement would be to add the words for "this" and "that" and "here" and "there" so that I could say, "What is that?" or "Where are you going?" Then again, Paul Noble and his team need to save something special for Book Two.

Very well done.

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  • Brea p.
  • 10-22-18

Excellent Teaching

This is a fantastic resource for anyone looking to learn mandarin. This audiobook gets you speaking and forming sentences quickly and gives you an excellent grasp of the grammar of the language quickly. As someone who started with a basic grasp of the mandarin language, I was surprised that the tones were discussed so late. While the listener may pick up on the tones of the early words and be able to replicate them, this may not be true for every listener. As such, I would recommend familiarizing yourself with the four tones and their pronunciation prior to beginning this course. For the english speaker, these tones are often difficult to distinguish by ear, particularly when first starting.

Despite this, I would still highly recommend this audio course to anyone desiring to learn mandarin.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-16-18

Brilliant

Paul Nobles approach is extremely effective and surprisingly simple. I’ve used his french version before and so was very excited for the release of this mandarin version. Met all expectations, recommend to everyone. Thx to the team who made it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-26-19

no memory required

he teaches in a way that flows smoothly for my way of learning. no memory required because he uses repetition to teach you.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-28-20

effortless learning

Paul's technique is amazing! I can't believe how much Mandarin I can speak in just 6 weeks!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-20-20

Best system I've used thus far.

I've tried Rosetta stone, Duolingo, I even studied for a semester in university but this program has shown me the quickest results in conversational Chinese. Can I read/write it? No... (Though I could if I used the PDF) but my goal was conversational Chinese, and this has proved an excellent foundation focusing on grammar and sentence structure.

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  • Chris D
  • 01-22-20

Clever scaffold

A cleverly scaffolded well-paced learning experience. Great for commuting. Looking forward to the next one, and building on the vocabulary.

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  • Carlin
  • 01-08-20

Love the Paul Noble method

Paul Noble's method is so natural and intuitive. I love it. I also did the French course and absolutely loved it. I really highly recommend it to anyone who is intimidated by language learning, especially Chinese.
I have only one minor criticism, and that is that a lot of emphasis was placed on learning words for different types of food, which I won't need to know. I spent a lot of brain energy trying to remember things like "Jasmine flower tea" and "Laptop computer", yet I realised the course never taught things like "I am" or other simple verbs. It was also extremely repetitive, which I understand, but maybe a little too much so. Still, I would very highly recommend this course. In my opinion, don't worry too much if you forget the foods as they're less useful. Don't worry about skipping back either as Paul will repeat it later many, many times. I still give the course 5 stars because I love this method and I'm so grateful to have found Paul Noble's courses.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-24-19

Really enjoying this! Highly recommend

I have learnt several languages before and been exposed to other methods and am finding this to be a clear, fun and accessible way to begin Chinese

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  • Rakrurug
  • 05-29-19

Essential to learning Chinese

Wonderful audio book, will use multiple more times to help complete my chinese learning experience.