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  • Learn German with Paul Noble for Beginners – Part 1

  • German Made Easy with Your Personal Language Coach
  • By: Paul Noble
  • Narrated by: Paul Noble
  • Length: 3 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (144 ratings)

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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 German 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 German quickly, confidently, and with no chance of failure. 

A native-speaking German 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 German 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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excellent

This waa a brilliant re- introduction and encouraging course for me as I try to get my o level german....finished some 35 years ago . ...back into some semblance of usefulness. He is, perhaps, a little patronizing to his listeners but if you can smile through
that, I do feel it is a very helpful tool

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A ver enjoyable way to learn

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Paul Noble promotes this as being for people who aren't normally very good at languages. As one of these people, I've found it excellent.

The course starts of with some simple concepts that are similar to English - "I Can", "Can I ... ?" and doesn't require or expect the listener to learn vocabulary. In fact we're explicitly told that it's okay to forget. If a piece of vocab or a rule is needed later, we'll be reminded. However, I found that the vocab has stuck with me mostly.

There seems to be a determined refusal to use gramatical terms, no explict conjugation, no lists of words to learn. Each lesson builds on earlier ones. New words are introduced as we might need them. We're taught how to construct sentences in a fairly natural way.

It's a fairly short course. After part 1 I do have the ability to construct fairly complex sentences. "I can't come because it isn't practical" "I have seen it. It is fantastic". "Can you reserve a room, because I can't do it", and I realise the odd word of German I've picked up over time can be added to these sentences. I do find the repetition gets a little tiresome at times. Not jsut of the vocaubulary but of the way to structure a sentence, and how to use the course. The pace is a little slower than I'd like but nothing too serious, and obviously it's better to go too slow than too fast.I have certainly enjoyed this and feel a certain confidence speaking the language, even if what I can say is limited.

Am looking forward to sections 2 and 3.

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Great for beginners

Really pleased with this purchase!
I would recommend this to anyone who has felt daunted trying to learn basic German. He clearly explains rules which could be confusing and uses phrases which are useful right away. I'm now excited to build on what I've learnt.

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Very good value for money

Where does Learn German with Paul Noble, Part 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I think this is the whole Learn German Course as it very long compared to the other Paul Noble audiobooks and it also includes a whole course revision/summary at the end which seems to correspond to book 4 in the series. I am not sure if this is a mistake but for 1 audible credit it is good value compared for the Paul Noble Italian which is going to cost 4 credits for the same length course. Get this and don't bother with books 2,3,4.

I loved the course - although it is light on vocabulary you really do believe you can speak german by the end of it. I went to Austria and started ordering food in german - and they spoke back in german. This is a big compliment because they usually reply in english if they think you are not a native speaker.

Would you ever listen to anything by Paul Noble again?

Yes - just started the Italian

Any additional comments?

Where do I go next with german language learning - audio only is my preferred medium. It would be good to have some advice at the end of the course.

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Der Erste Programme

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Jawohl sehr bestimmt,! Yes most definitely)! Sie haben diese lesen nicht hart gemacht!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Paul Noble he has structured this course into easily learnt stages with excellent recapitulation. The programme is quite easy to follow and anyone who wishes to learn German should have no difficulty in following the various stages

Have you listened to any of Paul Noble’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No. But this first stage has impressed me considerably and I will most definitely follow the entire course through it's complete set of stages.

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

The presentation of stage one was structured so as to make the the subject matter easy to assimilate. The method in which the course is presented and the various phrases are demonnstrated by a German lady speaker are most impressive. I am also very impressed with the manual which accompanies the course

Any additional comments?

I am 78 years of age and learnt basic German whilst at school 1948/49, I also spent 18 months of my National Service in Germany (Krefeld and Wilhelmshaven) in 1954/55,However this Course is giving me a better understanding of the German language and it's practical application despite my age. Vielen Danke oder Viele Danken.
Jim Brown

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Friendly and approachable

I have tried the Michael Thomas course and, while it was good I found the school teacher style and the way he has to correct the 'students' got to me after a while. Paul's uses a similar approach, but with the German spoken by a native speaker, so it was calmer and more relaxed.

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A nice way to learn the language

The author introduces you to a few words at a time by creating short scenarios. He then revisits these words in later scenarios.
I would recommend this for beginners.
It does end rather abruptly though.

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Amazing!

Even you can learn german , yes, you!
I'd say this method to learn a language was so far the best.

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Brilliant

An invaluable stupid to learning German or, like myself, improving your German. The steps are concise and well thought out. I'd recommend these to anyone in a similar position.

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I would like to kidnap the baby?!?!

I downloaded this because I'm going through the process of re-learning German so I'm not a complete beginner. Right from the first chapter I was really good choice. The narrator is easy to listen to and having the German woman doing the German was a really good thing to have.

There was the odd interesting fact thrown in such as why English has a lot in common with German. Some really useful tools provided which will help me with other German that I'll be learning too such as how to identify and translate some English into German.

A lot of repetition, too much at times I felt but then repetition is key and as I said before I'm not starting from scratch. Really good the way sometimes you'd be learning something and before it got boring you'd move on to something else and then come back to it again later. Narrator didn't need to keep telling me that I can go back and redo the chapter if I was having trouble - I get that, that's the thing about books you can read them again.

One oddity of this book was that of the couple of hundred or so things I can say in German is "I want to kidnap a baby". I get the point Paul was making about adding 'en' onto the end of English words to make them German but hopefully I won't be kidnapping any babies whilst visiting Germany. But now at least if that was the case and I did want to do that it's good to know I can express my urges and someone can notify the police

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  • Lenard
  • 19-10-16

I want to learn more than what he taught me!

Would have liked more Info and less repetition. It's an audiobook, I can do the repetition myself.

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  • Victor Arnez
  • 01-06-20

I am very happy that this method is NOT a gimmick!

There is honest work, thought, effort put in to putting together an approach that really works. This method is a great example of how a well thought out approach, a fresh way of looking at something can be revolutionary in successfully accomplishing what once seemed impossible to do. BRAVO! Paul Noble, BRAVO!

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  • MMW
  • 14-11-19

Great background on German

I really enjoyed this. It is an easy approach to German. However, it stopped abruptly with the expectation that the listener will pick up on the next book. It also says a booklet comes with the course but that wasn't part of buying it on Audible.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-07-19

I like it

I loved it. You really don't have to memorize, it repeat the parts that you need in the right moments.

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  • Patrick
  • 06-07-19

Very helpful

I found this very helpful, especially when listening with my children who are also learning German. I did not have to explain grammatical concepts, which often would create boring roadblocks to their learning.

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  • Mary
  • 13-02-19

Great audio for learning German

Love the technique-the repetition and progression help to make sense of the language. Wish it explained how to make some of the sounds that don’t come easily to English speakers.

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  • Mieczyslaw Daniel Dyba
  • 12-10-17

Speak German in a day

What I enjoyed most about Paul Noble's approach was how he would build bridges between the English language and the German language. The best way to learn new material is to associate it with material you already know.

Another thing Paul Noble has done well is incorporate spaced repetition into the lessons. Frequently he will quiz you on how to say a phrase or word in German, whether it was a word you just learned or a word you learned a few lessons ago.

He's not the most exciting character to listen to. His performance is rather neutral. I think he could have been more engaging with his teaching style.

By the end of it, I've come away understanding very basic German. I've understood how to structure my sentences when I speak. I've learned some vocabulary. The most practical phrase I've learned is asking to reserve a room for the night and how much it costs:

Ich möchte ein Zimmer für heute Nacht reservieren. Was kostet es?

At least I know I won't be sleeping out in the cold when I travel to Germany.

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  • B. Williams
  • 17-04-15

You only need number1

What did you love best about Learn German with Paul Noble, Part 1?

This series is awesome. Paul Noble rocks at teaching n00bs like myself. By the end of this, you will be amazed at how much you can understand and say. HIGHLY recommend.

BUT BE WARNED! You only need this one. DO NOT WASTE money on the other 3, becuase they are just the first one broken into three parts. They are the exact same so save your money and only buy number 1!

Any additional comments?

AWESOME! Sehr Gut!

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  • Derek D. Bergey
  • 03-04-15

The most essential tool for learning.

While I have completed a good 30 or so hours of Rosetta Stone and am deep in the level two area, I still haven't the foggiest on grammar or how to string a series of words together to form a sentence. While it is true I can point at a picture of a green apple and tell you what it is in German, I wasn't able to say, can I have a green apple and so on. Sure I had a step up going into this as a knew a great deal of words I still had no idea how they worked. Paul Noble uses a simple approach that I practice while I run and walk around in my day and for the first time, I can actually speak German. Can I move there today and fit right in. No, but can I say simple sentences that I couldn't before. Yes. Have I been able to form sentences when I wanted to answer someone. Yes. So, overall, to me, there is not a better learning solution than this.

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  • Moonchild
  • 09-11-14

Repetition works

Would you listen to Learn German with Paul Noble, Part 1 again? Why?

Yes. Necessary to have repetition to learn a language

Would you recommend Learn German with Paul Noble, Part 1 to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes. It works. By the end, German words and phrases have been burned into your brain.

Have you listened to any of Paul Noble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

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

N/A

Any additional comments?

If you buy this Part 1, don't bother with Part 2, and perhaps 3 and 4 as well. Part 2 is a repeat of what was learned in Part 1. Although once you buy Part I you do not need to buy the other Parts, I was disappointed that I could not continue on in the series and learn more vocabulary. Instead, I had to switch to another language system.

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