Heaven is a place with lots of good books.
Soon I will go on a holiday to Italy, and the only word I already know in Italian is "Ciao!", which won't get me far. I have always been a bit reserved in acquiring language learning materials, as most are complex and boring, but this book is the very opposite in my opinion and I am looking forward to beginning on book 2!
I like Noble's voice, and the way he explains things in a straight forward way. The pauses you get to repeat the sentences and words are perfect - not too short, and not too long - and the italian voice is also soothing and easy to listen to. There are plenty of repetitions, but I don't mind it. Besides, this is done deliberately, to make you remember more easily, and as time progresses you come back to what you have learned earlier on.
I'm a complete beginner so I found Paul Noble's book very easy and fun to use. I would recommend this for anyone who wants a basic understanding of the Italian language.
I have just listened to the second part of Paul Noble's course in Italian, and by now I find myself speaking whole sentences in Italian! It's amazing how quickly you learn by using this series, and although it is very basic, it gives you a great understanding of how the language is constructed…or at least some of it.
I've been through book 1 and 2 twice now, and am half way through the 3rd. It is getting progressively more difficult, but not unmanageable. I love how he mainly focuses on the grammar and less on the vocabulary, but new words are often introduced and are relatively easy to remember as you are constantly being reminded of them.
I doubt I will ever become fluent in Italian, but it is great being able to pick out words and sentences when watching italian movies, or reading italian news online. And as for my upcoming holiday, I can't wait to test out my skills! :-D