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With Paul Noble’s simple, relaxed approach you will learn in a way that suits you – without having to memorise long lists of words you won’t use, scribbling notes as you listen, or feeling frustrated. Instead, Paul will introduce you to the basics of the French language and guide you through over 3 hours of everyday scenarios that are practical, fun, and applicable. Just listen, interact, and learn wherever you are.

Whatever your experience with languages, whether you’re an absolute beginner or someone with basic knowledge who wants to improve their ability, this is the course to get you speaking French quickly, confidently, and with no chance of failure. 

A native-speaking French expert will help you to perfect your pronunciation as you progress through the course. You will learn a huge range of vocabulary in no time at all, and be able to quickly make your new knowledge work for you in a variety of everyday scenarios. A downloadable booklet is also included to use as a reference and revision tool.

Paul Noble left school unable to speak a language – having found that the traditional learning methods left him feeling ‘confused, incapable and unable to really say anything’. Determined that there must be a better way to learn, Paul spent years devising his own unique method of learning languages which cuts out all the grammar, all the memorisation, and all the stress. He began using his method to teach in his Language Institute and, thousands of students later, he prides himself on never having had a student fail.

This download is Part One of a three-part course. Once you’ve finished Part One, download Learn French with Paul Noble for Beginners – Part Two.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio on our Desktop Site.

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An excellent way to learn - tried and tested!

I have never been very good at languages, but downloaded all four parts of this course in preparation for a recent family holiday to France. The method Paul uses works well, and I found I was able to make rapid progress after just a few days listening to the course on my way to and from work.

When on holiday I found I had the confidence to do the usual holiday things like ask for directions, reserve tables, order in restaurants and buy tickets for tourist attractions. I even surprised my family by stopping a passer-by in the street on the first day and checking whether or not I had to pay for parking in the town square!

It's a testament to this course that since returning from France, I have continued to listen to the final "review" lesson (part 4) to keep up the knowledge I've gained. Thoroughly recommended.

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Excellent for beginners or intermediate speakers

I trained as a teacher and I can see in Paul Noble's approach to teaching French lots of the latest thinking on how people learn best. He draws on the knowledge you already have, eg words in French and English that are the same or similar. He minimises learning by rote, instead he makes links between words, ideas and concepts so you understand why something is the way it is rather than just parroting it back. Because he helps you to understand the underlying grammar you are empowered to start to build your own sentences using the rules and logic you have learned. He frequently revisits what you have already learned to fix it in your memory. This is a very powerful way to learn. I am now onto the third download and have learned how to use the present, past and future tenses to talk about basic things like booking a room, ordering food and reserving a table, saying what I think, visiting the doctor, getting directions, buying tickets shopping etc. Also little constructions to make the conversation flow more smoothly, such has how to use 'it', and 'there', eg 'I have bought it'' and 'I want to go there'. It is not a miracle worker and I will still have to practice a lot to become confident and sort out my 'you musts' from my 'you cans' but I am well on my way and feeling very motivated by this approach. Paul also speaks very clearly and is not annoying at all. All of the French is repeated by a native French speaker so you can be confident you are getting the correct pronunciation. I took French at school until the age of 17 but I can confidently say that I have learned more through this CD than all my time at school. My criticisms would be that there are no tracks on the downloads, only chapters, which can be half an hour long. Therefore if you want to go over something again you have to rewind rather than just skip back. Also the pdf is designed to be printed on A5 and I have A4 paper so it is quite wasteful on the paper front.

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Collins French with Paul Noble, thank goodness!

This Paul Noble French course is just what I have been needing for the past ten years or so. Learning French with it has been quite simply a joy.

I first heard about Paul Noble languages earlier this year, when I read a review of The Paul Noble Language Institute in the newspaper. The review was extremely favourable and mentioned that it was now possible to get these courses on CDs and so I thought 'yes!'

I have now worked through the course twice and feel that it has been an incredible experience, both an incredible learning experience but also an incredible experience on any level. I have made so much progress, simply enormous progress, in a few weeks of part-time study.

I am going to keep up with the French for another year, just by itself. But I am tempted after that to perhaps try the Paul Noble German when it comes out. I have always loved Heidelberg and thought about learning the language before but I never really believed it would be possible. After doing this French course however, I am given to believe that anything might be possible...

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My French is better thanks!

I found French a challenge at school. I found this programme by Paul Noble a good way to refresh and improve my French. I find the listening can be a bit dry but that is me not the programme. Some great devices and ways of thinking about language plus the ability to stop and replay helps with getting the phrasing and the language right. More practise to do but I am enjoying the style of teaching.

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Speak French as you Go About Life

If you want to brush up your French this is a great way to do it. I did A level French a long, long time ago and had loved the language but had forgotten even basic verbs. I feel as if these audio books have connected me with so much that I had lost. I bought all three books in series and then the course review. I will return to them again. I would love it if my son,who is doing GCSE French, would listen to them too as I think they would be excellent for him. The chances of him acting on my advice are slim but these audio books really impressed me.

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I feel like I have learnt a lot from listening to these audiobooks BUT there are some things which have made it frustrating and detracted from the experience which would be really easily remedied. I am writing this review in the hope that the publisher will take note!

1. There are occasions when the gap between Paul asking a question and the answer being given is non existent - seriously frustrating when you want to think it through and try to answer for yourself but don't even have time to reach for the pause button before she has blurted out the answer. REALLY ANNOYING!

2. I really resent the few occasions when Paul asks a trick question so I formulate an incorrect answer as I feel like I am reinforcing bad information by formulating that answer. I would prefer an explanation of the exception and then to be asked a question.

3. Most importantly, what I would give for a workbook or a transcript, or anything?!!? To me to learn a language you might as well also learn how to read it, write it etc or at least have a vague understanding of what it looks like e.g. the different verb endings, if you have just listened to the recordings you will be virtually unaware of all of the different verb forms. It will only help not hinder you. I gather if you buy the CDs you get a book of some description but no one seems to have thought through selling the book separately so that those of us living in digital 2014 can also participate.

3. There are a few moments when things are not explained. Someone who is not intimately familiar with either french or with the recordings needs to listen as a lay person and point out the loose ends.

To any would be french speakers I do recommend this but would suggest you don't give yourself any grand ideas about listening in the car, whilst washing up etc and becoming a fabulous bilingual multitasking have it all kind of human. I tried that but found it totally ineffective. I have made about a thousand times more progress by actually sitting down and giving it 100% of my attention with a notepad, pen and most importantly google (to sort of bodge compensation for the lack of supporting text).

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Loved it

Amazing how simple this is, I'll definitely listen again before my next trip to France!

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Fantastic audiobook - learn fast!!

Brilliantly put together. I have learnt more French in 3 chapters than school, college, university and holidays put together. I'd recommend to anyone wanting to learn French!

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Great for learning basic sentence structure

loved this, basic and easy and allows you to go at your own pace. I have used this audio book for both french and Italian and both are very helpful. There is no booklet which he mentions but it really doesn't matter too much. This is for understanding sentence structure only, if you are after specific objects then this isn't for you. There are numbers up to 20 and that's it. Still I give it 5 stars for the price.

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fab accompaniment for Duolingo

downloaded this to accompany my learning of French using the Duolingo software. it's very good

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  • EagleFam
  • 26-12-18

There is NO better resource I have found

First of all, for those who are saying there are words "cut off".... that is due to you using Bluetooth. I've had the same issues over Bluetooth in my vehicle, but only occasionally. There are NO words cut off in Paul's entire series. I have Part 1, 2 and 3. Now, on to the review. There is virtually NO better resource I have found for learning French. Paul Noble is said to have copied Michel Thomas, but I have listened to Michel Thomas and I am telling you, he is confusing. Listening to other students constantly make mistakes is a pain in the butt and is VERY confusing, not to mention a time waster. Paul Noble has truly refined the Michel Thomas method. He has perfected it. I cannot believe how much French I am learning in such a short amount of time. I'm actually in the process of taking his recordings/cd's and putting each and every word and sentence into Anki, to truly solidify what I am learning. I've tried SOOOOOO many other language programs, for years. I had given up on thinking there was a truly great method for learning a language. Not anymore. I am 100% sold on Paul Noble's method, and I will shout it from the rooftops. THANK YOU, Paul, for making such an amazing French learning program.

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  • Laurie
  • 18-01-19

Amazing tutorial!

It's just like sitting at a table having a conversation with friendly French speakers and learning a lot about the language!

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  • Julia O
  • 08-10-18

REVELATORY!

I highly highly recommend this series (Go ahead and buy the complete course!) - I have attempted learning French multiple times over the years. Paul Noble's approach is revelatory. He immediately gives you insight into the language to deliver hundreds of words in the first session. I really really really cannot recommend this highly enough! C'est extraordinaire! Really.

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  • GlennaOctober
  • 26-01-18

Cut off words

First I’ll say I love the way he teaches French. But when the recording was done or when it was produced many of the words or cut off as if there is a bad connection. It would be like trying to read a printed book that someone had taken a meat cleaver and chopped off 1/16 of the page on one side. You can still muddle through it. But when some of the French words are cut short it makes it very difficult to make since of it. Fortunately the words are repeated so I’m able to get through it. I just can’t believe it was released in this state. If it’s just my cope I sure would like a replacement

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  • Tinica Ion
  • 01-11-18

very easy to listen to understand and simple

it.s very easy to learn and it.s created soo logic an easy and useful. great

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  • martin
  • 05-04-16

GOOD BUT POWER FRENCH IS WAY BETTER

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I sincerely like Paul Noble. He is a good traditional French teacher and I learned something from his program “Learn French the Natural Way”. However, it is dry. Very dry and somewhat boring. I really prefer Mark Frobose’s “Power French Accelerated” series because he is so upbeat and I learned so much more and far more quickly with Mark and his native French speaker.

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  • peacemaker
  • 26-11-19

This Works!

So, my personal experience was that in the beginning, it was easy, then as the sentences began to build the challenges grew and my memory shortened. I trusted Paul's instruction to not freak out at 'forgetting' and I listened to Part One twice and by the time i got to the end the 2nd time I was much more confident and understood what was going on. I listened to Part Two twice and had the same results, and I am now on Part three. Everything is sinking in just fine and I am finding that stuff I struggled to make sense of in Part One has become second nature and I don't think about in part three. It all comes together.... I would have liked Paul to have the narrator say longer sentences slowly, pronouncing each word, as well as say it at normal pace, but it's ok to hear it all at a fast pace since that's probably how it will be when visiting France. (he teaches you how to ask to speak slowly, later) I'm very happy with these audiobooks. They are my first ever experiences with learning the French language.

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  • Preston S. King
  • 15-01-19

Not a first time speaker, 1st time audio book.

I took several years of French in high school, but never used it. Planning a trip to France as an adult, this book has been very helpful! I find that someone speaking French for the 1st time, will enjoy this .

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  • Bob Cirino
  • 05-01-19

my favorite approach to learning my third language

I found myself feeling aware and confident in performing the language, not just knowing it.

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  • Klaus Earl Loft
  • 11-11-18

You will know a good teacher when you have one

As one who is relearning French I must admit I wish I had know this teacher many years ago.... lots of great way to learn the words and use of words #tagsgiving #sweepstakes, #back2school

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