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Essential Italian in 2 Hours with Paul Noble

Narrated by: Paul Noble
Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
Categories: Languages, Italian
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Summary

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 Italian language and guide you through 2 hours of everyday essentials that are practical, fun, and applicable. Just listen, interact, and learn wherever you are.

Whatever your experience with languages, this is the course to get you speaking Italian quickly, confidently, and with no chance of failure. 

A native-speaking Italian expert will help you to perfect your pronunciation and allow you 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.

Once you’ve finished the Essentials course, continue your language learning journey by downloading Learn Italian with Paul Noble for Beginners – Complete Course.

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.

©2013 Paul Noble (P)2013 HaperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

Praise for other titles in the Paul Noble range: "More than I ever managed in five years of French at school." (Tom Meltzer, The Guardian)
"I seemed to absorb the phrases taught, without even consciously trying, and quickly felt confident enough to make my own sentences." (Penelope M. Walsh, Canary Wharf Magazine)

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  • 01-07-13

Simple and helpful travel language

What made the experience of listening to Destination Italian with Paul Noble the most enjoyable?

This tape provides very useful and everyday applicable travel phrases

What could Paul Noble have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Nothing to add to this simple entry level tape, but more of the same at a higher level of understanding please

What does Paul Noble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Encouragement - especially to say it out loud which is such an important part of learning a language

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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More of the same please at higher levels

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Reasonable, but room for improvement

Positives: this takes you at a gentle pace (possibly too gentle at times!), and with lots and lots of repetition you really do learn what you're being taught.

Negatives: some things you are taught I don't think are particularly helpful for a beginner crash course. For example "I would like to know why you haven't ordered a taxi" is good in terms of sentence structure, but as a phrase is useless to beginners, because let's face it, you won't understand the answer! Instead some time could be spent on learning other phrases which would be of more help to someone looking for the basics for travel, such as "can I have the bill?" and "where are the toilets?". I think there's also space for a bit more vocabulary, especially food and drink, as ordering in a cafe or restaurant is something you're pretty much certain to do when travelling. For example, rather than just "I would like a coffee" it would be helpful to be able to say whether you would like milk, or sugar. And finally, actively practicing numbers would also be helpful, rather than just a track at the end.

I've also used Paul Noble to study some Spanish (the longer version). As I mentioned earlier you do drill the phrases, they do sink in. However, a weakness in the Paul Noble series is that while you get quite good at saying what you want to say, there is no practice for listening. A few tracks where you listen and translate to English, rather than just translating from English in to the study language would be beneficial in my opinion.

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Essential italian works

Loved it, best teaching method I've tried. Remembered more than I thought I would. Definitely recommend.

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Best learning experience ever

I'm usually good with languages but this method of learning, by simple repetition of likely phrases in different sentences, is phenomenally useful and quick. I started playing it as I got on the plane and by the time I landed, had most of the vocabulary I needed for my four-day stay. A perfect method for learning essential phrases.

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not enough detail

too much emphasis on particular phrases/words but he teaches them well. I know it was a short course but I feel like I've only 5 phrases and he could have done with a few classic tourist phrases - I'm looking for;. where is etc

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waste of money

books 12and 3 are good .this is very poor and lacking . if you already have the 1st 3 .this is a complete waste of time and money.

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Simple, useful, well taught

I LOVED this audiobook. I have learned - and retained - this learning. Handy phrases about ordering and reservations at hotels really useful. I am off to purchase the longer course!

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Fantastico!

Having followed all of Paul’s Iatlian Languages Coures i can speak and get by better than ever. Not intended for advanced learners but to give travellers a good basis if understanding to form their own sentences and to understand verb structures and tenses.

I failed French in school and was convinced i couldnt master languages. Used Pauls French audible to practice that too and my command id now better than after 3 years in high school!

I would strongly recommend.

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This is how learning languages should be

Very happy! I really wanted to learn enough to get by in Italy and recognise words i hear. You're basically learning like u did with your first language but not childish. You have to really understand language and learning to put this lesson together. Pauses are good length! I can do this in the car and while washing up. I actually learnt a bit about pronouncing letters and numbers and the c and r sounds before this at a class ...yrs ago..which i managed to recall and link in with this learning so i hadnt wasted that as i thought. i could have managed perfectly fine without prior knowlrdge though.

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  • 25-07-17

A very comprehensive and still short audiobook

A very comprehensive and still short enough audiobook, idéal for getting à first flavor of Italian