Learn Spanish with Paul Noble for Beginners – Complete Course

Spanish Made Easy with Your Personal Language Coach
Narrated by: Paul Noble
Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
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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 a very useful opportunity to revise the full course and practice what you have learnt

A native-speaking Spanish 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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Loved it! I feel like I learned a lot!

So I've been trying to really get this Spanish thing down! I used Pimsleur for 4 months (completed the 5 levels) and I learned a lot! What I like about this that's different from Pimsleur is that he gives you tips and tricks on how to turn English words into Spanish or explains why something is done this way or that way whereas Pimsleur was more conversational with no real explanation why certain words were said they were. Now, I love Pimsleur, don't get me wrong. I think they're both great. But again, I'm more of a person who likes to know the why as I find it helps it stick better. I suggest doing both honestly. It definitely made my daily commutes quite enjoyable.

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Finally... after 5 years of classes. This works!!

I'm only 3 chapters in and I'm already rating this 5 stars. I wish that I had learned these "tricks" years ago. I think this is also helpful in helping support English language learners. I wish I had time to just zip through this book. After 5 classes and countless hours of Duolingo, I'm finally acquiring vocabulary (WITHOUT memorizing) and conversational Spanish. FYI, this book teaches both kinds of Spanish (he uses a male voice for one a female voice for the other to make it easy to discern).

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Author has a fascination with donuts and baggets

Great audiobook. Highly recommended. My only complaints are the author spends an hour or more making sure you can order donuts and baggets in Spain. He will spend an hour beating a simple concept into your head, but will briefly gloss over new complex concepts then never mention then again. The native central American speaker isn't used anymore half way through the book and it's all the speaker from Spain. With that said it was a great audiobook.

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Best Course!

This is the most enjoyable and easiest way to learn Spanish. I wish the course was longer!

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Awesome! Just lacking signposts

This audio book is especially effective at getting you to practice and speak Spanish. It really helped build my confidence with pronunciation and helped that I had learned more of the words before so it was okay that they weren’t spelled out every time. My biggest critique is the lack of signposts or chapter names. It’s nearly impossible to go back and practice something because they never tell you names of chapters or what you’re practicing when.

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Gave me a good start in the Spanish language!

I really enjoyed learning through this course! it helped me very much. It was all very clear and understandable.
I didn't know much Spanish besides hola and buenos dias. but now I feel I can really have a basic conversation and get around a bit if I'm in a Spanish speaking country.
Now I'm going on another next course! :)

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Great learning experience for traveling

I liked how easy and quick Paul gets you speaking useful phrases. If you’re looking for something deeper than vocabulary for travel or expanding vocabulary from an intermediate level the later sections will be more interesting.

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Best Spanish book so far!

Best Spanish book so far! Teaches past tense and future tense thoroughly! Uses Latin American and Castilian Spanish.

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Excellent

Highly recommend if you need a program that is audio based only, for example if you are driving or don’t have internet reception all the time.

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A good car spanish class

A good car ride spanish class and good at structure to learn the grammar and pronunciation of both Latin American Spanish and European.

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  • Om-nom-nom
  • 08-08-16

Better than Michelle Thomas or Pimsleur

What did you like most about Learn Spanish with Paul Noble: Complete Course: Spanish Made Easy with Your Personal Language Coach?

The course takes a very modern and engaging approach to language learning which will be familiar to anyone who has used Michelle Thomas or Pimsleur. To be honest it's pretty much a mix of the two methods- but it's better than both. The host has a much nicer manner than Michelle and the flow of conversation is much more seamless than with Pimsleur. For me, one of the most important things about any language course is how enjoyable it is, because that will dictate how often I press play. This one has a nice mix of being engaging, challenging and rewarding- all without being exhausting. It's good- get it!

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

Michelle Thomas has the same conversational style, but I find his voice annoying and his manner a bit condescending.Pimsleur uses the same spaced repetition to ensure retention of new words, but the structure of the lessons gets a bit predictable and dry pretty rapidly.
This one combines the best parts of the other two, and improves upon them.

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  • Thoughtful Consumer
  • 03-04-17

Absolutely fantastico!

I've always been pretty useless at learning languages but this has changed all that. Couldn't rate Noble's method high enough.

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  • James H
  • 01-30-17

Best Spanish course

I've been trying to learn Spanish for years with real life classes to online learning... this has been the most effective. Paul knows how to structure the course for ultimate learning. Es fantastico!

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  • james
  • 08-19-16

Good but with a lot of room for improvments

Very good for a gentle introdution.

lots and lots of repertition which is worked well for a slow learner for me.

This is however a very basic introduction to spanish and should not be billed as 'spanish complete course'.

i would say this should be a beginers course and i would like to see a paul nobles intermidiate spanish course in the future.

Definatly worth a buy if you know little to no spanish and are looking for somewhere to start.

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  • Paul S
  • 01-24-17

A good introduction to Spanish

This audiobook is a good introduction to Spanish. It covers both Latin American and Castilian Spanish and the differences are explained well.

Overall this book is vey good and the content is good but there are are some basics I might've expected to be covered like greetings, colours and size comparisons e.g. big and small.

I think I could now get by on a visit to Spain. Many thanks.

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  • Hill roamer
  • 09-08-16

Eye (ear?) Opening!

I don't know what it is exactly.... but the way Paul Noble teaches language is different than any other system I had tried. It seems to me that he teaches in the way we learnt to speak as children. It's all very natural and it sticks. I realised very early on that I was instinctively learning spanish and was able to use and build on what I learned very organically. I cannot recommend this audio book/ course highly enough. If you want to learn languages this is the book for you. You will not regret this purchase!

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  • A Kelly
  • 01-11-17

Good start but gets hard quick.

Great intro but by chapter 7 he's getting you to say whole sentences when you not memorised words from chapters before yet. Although he states don't memorise words just keep listen and you pick more up as he repeats. But the repeated words are part of a whole sentence. So you're trying to work out which word they said was the word in English. I think up to 4 or 5 word sentences is enough this early on. We can join them ourself for longer sentences later when we actually can remember 5 to 10 at one go. First male Spanish speaker is also a bit quick with little space between words, so not hearing each word. The girl is a lot better at spacing the words so can hear clearly and time to process as she says it.

Overall I think it's good but unlike the tutor says, I don't think you can just listen without stopping after chapter 5 and learn everything to that point without getting lost by chapter 7.

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  • Ziya S
  • 08-14-16

Overnight success

I had no prior knowledge of Spanish at all. While on holiday listening the first few chapters I was able to order things and ask if they accepted credit cards and so on literally overnight. English being my second language (and trying to learn Dutch go a while) I know how much effort is required learning a new language. This is the best method for me so far. Garcia Paul Noble, puedo hablar Español ahora.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-19-16

Amazing

Finished it in 4 days due to its quality and ease of use
Would definitely recommend

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  • Paul
  • 05-23-16

Excellent format and easy to learn

Really enjoyed the pace of this and will go over it again and again to practice.

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  • Walker
  • 12-25-19

I feel bad about this...

I think it's only fair to point out I only got 2 hours into this, though I kept going back and redoing the parts I didn't get right, so I listened to it for a lot longer really.

It's well put together for its format. An by that I mean an Audiobook... You see I thought this would be a good way to learn while I commuted too and from work. When I have actual time to learn Spanish I find apps infinity better... But, I'm afraid this failed me during my commute... I am learning alot more than I even thought I would using the apps though... I think one reason is simply doesn't work (for me) is that I could not pause the audiobook while driving, and the time to respond was too short for me. This meant the rest of the chapter didn't flow well. I would then redo the chapter again and again...

I'm finding it better to do the learning, of grammer etc via the apps. While I'll listen to a list of English/Spanish word while I drive. So now I basically use this time to build a vocabulary of words, rather than anything complex. That way if I miss a bit then it doesn't mean I can't jump right back in and leaned more.

So in summery... I don't find it good for a commute and if you have dedicated time I recommend an app...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-11-20

excellent

tried learning Spanish for last decade and failed, this book changed that for me. Perfectly and logically breaks down the language for learning

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-09-20

Look no further

The easiest way to learn a new language! Paul is clear and concise and the book moves at a great pace. On the look out for book no2.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-15-20

Much better than other courses

Thank you very much Paul for this Learn Spanish course. I have learnt to speak it quite well after finishing your Beginners - Complete Course. I listened to it twice to reinforce my learning. I’m looking forward to starting Next Steps in Spanish. Cheers.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-25-19

Amazing!

Paul knows his jib.
Trust in Paul, he delivers. looking forward to the 'Next Steps'. Confident to give my Spanish a shot in real life situations, especially for basics.
Great investment. Recommend it for any enthusiasts.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-10-19

great way to learn spanish

great way to learn Spanish very enjoyable and easy to listen too. would recommend to anyone wanting to learn Spanish

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  • Margaret
  • 07-02-19

Great Teaching Method

I took 4 years of Spanish in school and never could speak the language. This book makes it easy. I'm ready for a Spanish holiday now!

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  • Steve
  • 04-07-19

Excellent

A great book not just for learning Spanish, but for learning how to learn languages. The introduction really explains how to go about learning, and gives you reasonable expectations.