• Collins French with Paul Noble - Learn French the Natural Way, Part 1

  • By: Paul Noble
  • Narrated by: Paul Noble
  • Length: 3 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording Audiobook
  • Release date: 24-03-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (402 ratings)


Collins French with Paul Noble combines an exciting new non-traditional approach to language learning with the easy, relaxed appeal of an audio-only product. No books. No rote memorisation. No chance of failure.
Paul Noble is a genius with a higher IQ than Einstein. Despite this, he still struggled with language learning at school. He found himself feeling ‘confused, incapable and unable to really say anything’. As a result of his negative early experiences, Paul has come up with a ground-breaking new method of language teaching that removes the need for months of study. With Paul Noble, everyone really can speak a language.
Part 1 of the course covers:

Language ground rules
The use of the past tense
Finding French words used in English
Asking questions
Essential vocabulary to use when booking into a hotel, taking a taxi, and eating out.
A native-speaking French expert helps Paul to deliver the course and to perfect your pronunciation. No complicated grammatical explanations, no rote memorisation, no writing - no stress.< /p>
Learn over 6,000 words in no time at all and - most importantly - learn how to make your new vocabulary work for you. (Use the accompanying booklet as a reference and revision tool.)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Louise on 05-11-11

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Jim on 25-04-14

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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1 out of 5 stars
By P, Louis Dubois on 01-07-18

BUYER BEWARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am native French and I also teach French as well and I will NOT recommend this book to NOBODY! I purchased French with Paul Noble - Part 1 and Part 2 for my friend, as a surprise present, and this is by far the worst book I ever came across. FULL OF MISTAKES plus extremely poor pronunciations. While I was listening to it I detected at least 2-4 grammatical and translation errors EACH passing minute, not to mention the overwhelming amount of pronunciation mistakes. If i had the opportunity to grade this book I would give this audiobook an “F”! Thankfully I listened to both of them prior to giving them to my friend who has no background in French. I eventually ended up surprising him with a photography book of Paris instead.
I am baffled beyond words as to how someone is allowed to publish a book filled with tons and tons and tons of errors?
I initially decided to purchase these books based on the high number of good reviews and I feel as if I had been fooled! Now I realize that all these glowing 5-star reviews, on these two books, are probably fabricated and faked. I will report this book to audible and to amazon.
I strongly recommend anyone who wishes to learn French to refrain from purchasing this book. There are so many other good sources out there to learn French. I will probably never again purchase another language learning audiobook online after this experience, unless it’s from the big names.

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16 of 20 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Cindy on 09-03-13

Great approach to learning French!

Any additional comments?

This method presents French in a very accessible & rational way. He starts with some basic vocabulary and sentence structure and builds on it with (mostly) words that both French & English have in common. (The French-English words only vary by pronunciation and slight spelling differences.) He also gives helpful connections between words that are not of shared origin. This makes for learning through 'absorbing' rather than memorizing. And all of the vocabulary feels relevant. You can tell there was a lot of thought put into the material presented. The author narrates in a nice friendly voice and all of the French is spoken by a native speaker. I've bought the other audiobooks in the series and am finding them very beneficial.

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