Next Steps in Italian with Paul Noble for Intermediate Learners – Complete Course

Italian Made Easy with Your Personal Language Coach
Narrated by: Paul Noble
Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (42 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Take your Italian to the next level with Paul’s tried and tested method, guaranteed to deepen your understanding of the language with his easy-to-follow approach. 

Next Steps is an intermediate course, for nonbeginners, which follows on from the Complete Italian beginner’s course. 

Building on your existing knowledge, Next Steps is designed to teach you the essential tenses and grammar you need to independently construct sentences in a simple and logical manner. 

This is the perfect audio course for those looking to develop their Italian and further their fluency, containing the complete eight hours of audio and a handy downloadable booklet to help you revise and reinforce your learning. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

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Great method but the booklet is useless

I think the audio lessons are great. I purchased the first three and was really looking forward to this Next Step. I learn best when I can reinforce what I hear with reading and writing ... the booklet (PDF) is useless (very little content for a 7 hour course)!

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Best used as a sleep aid.

a couple of new ideas were presented. over and over and over again. I recommend listening at 130 to 150% speed. the combination of Paul Nobles silky smooth voice and the long long gaps before the Italian translation can help almost anyone fall asleep.

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Great course. Couldn't access PDF.

I love all of the Paul Noble Italian courses, however, it was not easy to find the accompanying PDF booklet. it was not automatically downloaded to my library. After sever minutes of frustration, I simply went to the Audible website on my desktop, and there was the link to download the PDF. I then emailed it to myself and downloaded to my phone. The mobile app is not clear as to how to access the PDF. Other than that, love this course!!

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Best Resource I have Used

I've been trying to learn Italian on and off for many years and always ended up discouraged by not catching on to the lessons and concepts that were presented. This course was completely different. They did a phenomenal job at re-introducing terms, phrases, and sentences throughout the course that felt very natural and helped with memorizing. I always felt that unless I was asked specifically "Where is the cat?" and gave the appropriate response, that's about as far as I could go with that conversation or sentence because the other courses would jump to an unrelated sentence about flying. This course does a great job of bringing concepts up and reintroducing them later on in a way that allows you to remember how and why you're sentences are constructed as such. Not just: remember this sentence, next remember this sentence, and finally remember that sentence.... end course.

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Just OK

This course does a decent job of getting you to understand the basics for a lot of Italian grammar and some vocab. Because it is an audio book, I would have liked to see the author spell out some of the words so that I can better understand the language and how different forms of a word would be pronounced. I also would have liked some opportunities to try translating some spoken Italian phrases into English. Still, this course is pretty good at what it aims to do and if you liked the previous course in the series, this one is more of the same and you should know what to expect.

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Straight to the meat and potatoes

I've been learning Italian for a year IN ITALY and honestly got a bit stuck with expressing myself the way I really want to. Since I know a bit of Italian but have a hard time communicating, this course helped me to get straight into communicating with real people using real, every day speech. It's the real "meat and potatoes" communication that I hear daily but can't translate in my head.
Mr. Noble teaches how ITALIANS say certain things which is imperative to not getting stuck by trying to translate word-for-word using expressions you'd use in your own native language. These colloquial phrases and styles of speech have helped me immensely and I've been able to immediately put it to good use in my everyday life - in Italy. Many thanks!

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  • Antonio Vasconcelos
  • 04-03-19

Amazing learning like always with Paul Noble

Paul Is the person to look to when one thing to learn a new language (from those available from him). No with the Next Steps extension one becomes much much better equipped on what I would call a level one and two combined (for Increased fluency I then proceed with Pimsleur, normally starting at Level 2 - until level 3 normally existing here at Audible at a convenient price)
Let me say this: Paul Nobel is unmissable and irreplaceable by any other method I have heard of. This is like a private tutor teaching you the fundamentals of the language in a oral, permanent dialogue, context. You will not only start speaking, you will also apprehend all the gramar almost without noticing it!!!
I am fluent in PT and EN, and by now have revised my French with Paul and fully learned Spanish with Paul + Pimsleur, to finally have just finished the two audiobooks by Paul in Italian (will proceed in this with Pimsleur). It is amazing to see our excellent progress as we go through the dialogues to test our learning at the final part of each audiobook. What are you waiting for to learn languages in a matter of some weeks. Look no further and above all ... hurry up and start!!!!

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  • Sniffa 1975
  • 04-30-19

Excellent as expected

I just wanted to put a simple review on for this Audio book, as I bought and followed the beginner course in Italian from Paul Noble and was amazed by the results, when I came to look at the follow up course there were not many reviews on to help me decide. I bought it anyway and I am please to report it is an excellent and enjoyable follow up course, I can heartily recommend it! I am hoping that Paul will continue with the series in the future.

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  • jonathan
  • 03-13-19

Excellent addition to the original series

I was a big fan of the original series, as Paul teaches in a way which is accessible, not intimidating and extremely useful as he unlocks conversational Italian that can be used in everyday life immediately. I now live in Italy and use this book alongside my face-to-face Italian lessons, it's amazing the depth of the content that this book covers, especially given its simple approach. I would highly recommend this book, but you MUST cover the first three as this book very much follows on from those. A++

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  • N A J L
  • 05-25-19

Very good follow-up course, but could be improved

The key aspect which I like about Paul Noble's language tuition techniques is that they work with the brain's memory and as a result the majority of their content is retained on first listen; whereas, I for one forget most of the content of other language courses. However, I agree with other reviews that there is a lack of clarity of pronunciation at certain times by the Italian lady which meant I had to keep re-listening to those parts.
One other point I wish to share is that personally I really don't like the use of Italianised English words such as "il weekend" rather than "il fine settimana"; Italian is such beautiful language which for me is an important motivation factor to learn it.

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  • SteveIsReviewing
  • 11-29-19

Interesting approach

I really felt like I was making progress while listening to this course. It's a good approach and inevitably leaves you wanting another more advanced book, but like so many other language series they seem more interested in expanding the range rather going into intermediate territory.

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  • Joan Rushton
  • 06-24-20

Excellent strategy

From knowing no Italian at all this book follows on beautifully from Paul’s Beginners Italian. Sometimes I feel the need to slow down the audiobook to .5 to absorb the correct pronunciation, and that’s fine. I will go back through the first book and this Next Steps book again and again until I am completely confident with BOTH. After this? It’s such a pity Paul hasn’t taken us to Trotting Italian and then Running With Italian, because I’m not at all sure where to go from here - except to Italy I suppose? One day...

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  • P. Thompson
  • 03-31-20

A pleasure to learn from

I keep laughing and smiling at how easy this audiobook has made learning Italian. It is always fun to do, never a chore, and here I am finding I am creating complex sentences and following complex rules having enjoyed myself.

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  • Stephen Dowdle
  • 09-03-19

Excellent resource

An excellent resource for anyone beginning to learn Italian. Stands head and shoulders above others I tried. Highly recommended.

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  • Mr S Deeley
  • 08-24-19

It's good value.

For the price - it's good value but it's not as engaging as other, well known audio courses.

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  • Alice Watmough
  • 08-24-19

well done easy to follow

good instructions clear but as I'm getting better at it feels a little repeating, need more 👍

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  • tim
  • 01-26-19

Waste of Money If You Did Previous Courses

I was sorely disappointed with this course. I completed the first four courses, which was reasonable, but found that this course essentially repeated the same material, with a small amount of new material near the end. There are far better and engaging materials online, Based on experience, this course will not at all prepare you for a trip to Italy. I thought it would be a good refresher but was mislead by the Next Steps title. Poor effort Mr Noble.

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  • Candice Groves
  • 03-09-19

Easiest way to learn Italian

I’ve tried a few apps and books and Paul is the best for helping you to remember everything well after you’ve learnt it. Especially how plurals, masculine feminine etc. I wish there was another book following this.