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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 Spanish language and guide you through over 4 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 Spanish quickly, confidently, and with no chance of failure. 

Two native-speaking Spanish experts (one from Spain and one from Latin America) 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 Spanish 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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Absolutely Brilliant!

I've been listening to this volume for about 3 1/2 weeks and I'm really blown away by hpw quickly I'm picking it up. Between this and Duolingo I've been able to watch simple educational Spanish TV shows and pick up a huge chunk of the vocabulary and grammar structure. $7 is a bloody bargain!

Will be buying every volume!

Gracias Paul Noble. Su libro es mucho gusto.

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Fantastic!

I am pretty bad with languages, tried several times to study Spanish, French and other ones with no success. Here there is a strong belief that this time I will succeed. The study works well with commuting to work and back.

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  • Cam
  • 04-04-2019

I feel robbed... full collection available

Not sure why this is offered separately in parts 1, 2, and 3 and then also offered as a complete collection for just 1 credit? I will return and exchange for the full collection. Nonetheless so far (I'm just a couple of hours in) it seems like a good course, well delivered, quite repetitive but that's necessary and new words and phrases are introduced organically with simple explanation. I appreciate having a Latin American pronunciation as well as a European Spanish pronunciation. So far I have no issue with the content just baffled that the full collection can be bought complete for 1 credit or separately for 3 credits

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So easy!

I can’t believe how quick and easy I have picked up Spanish after listening to this book. After many failed attempts trying different methods I have finally found one that works! Thank you Paul Noble!

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Great for beginners

I found this incredibly easy to get into, the gradual steps are implemented really well. I can't find anything that compares.

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Fantastic introduction to Spanish

Clear, concise explanations. Moves along at an appropriate pace. Lots of examples to help consolidate understanding. Easy to listen to.

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Great resource - loving it so far

After reading a few reviews on this I decided to download this. I've found the format simple and easy to follow along. It has been enjoyable and something I'm excited to keep learning, I'll be getting more of these courses once I'm finished!

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Excellent

Easy to follow and excellent quality. Would recommend to anyone who wants to start learning Spanish

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Fastest way to learn Spanish

And hit the ground running. I love the Paul Noble method. My husband was the one who got me onto it. Raved about him for years. I have never been a natural at languages - blame a bad Japanese teacher back in high school, but Paul Noble makes the process easy, enjoyable and best of all easy to remember. I have visited 2 Spanish speaking countries in the last year, and each time I have visited, I have listened to the Paul Noble method and have been successfully able to navigate my way around the airport, tell the taxi where I want to go and competently order food in a restaurant. Which was far more useful than the online language course I was taking with a Spanish speaker, who was teaching me the names of pencil cases, pens, etc, the names of the month. None of that is very handy when when you land in foreign city late at night and they are asking you in Spanish if you have a fever. Paul Noble has got me inspired to learn Spanish properly. I am looking forward to taking on the Next Steps which has just been launched. Cannot recommend his method more highly.

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Brilliant

I've never found learning a language so easy. This makes the process pretty much effortless and you'll find yourself picking up a large vocabulary and decent sentence construction very quickly. Would highly recommend this audiobook

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  • James
  • 20-04-2016

Good But Not Excellent! – Lacks Personality & Memo

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Clearly, Paul Noble has done a great service to those of us who need high quality Spanish instruction from a good English speaking instructor. He is gifted, intelligent, and structured.
Learn Spanish the Natural Way is a must buy.
However good, it is not the best out there. Many other programs like Pimsleur have a much better memory technique.
The overall best programs in any language that I have tried are by Language Audiobooks and a fellow named Mark Frobose who also created Behind the Wheel Spanish for Macmillan Audio. His best programs are the Power Spanish series in my opinion.
Buy Paul Noble, he is very good. But supplement with Frobose and Pimsleur for a well-rounded approach.

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  • Erin
  • 20-11-2018

Fantastico

I am about halfway through this program, and I have to say I am quite surprised by all the negative reviews. My experience with this program has been wholly positive. There are some unique qualities about the program that I found particularly helpful: 1. This program teaches the language in verb tenses you are more likely to use on a regular basis. In a Spanish class at the university, you learn present tense and vocabulary first. You definitely need these things too, but I found this to be more practical. 2. This program provides techniques for making many words in Spanish. He provides examples of cognates and shows you how to change it from English to Spanish. This adds a significant amount to your vocabulary. 3. This program is a speaking-based program. I am speaking much more quickly and with far better pronunciation that I was before. For the first time, I've been able to have a full length conversation with my grandmother in Spanish. She was so pleased and proud that I am finally speaking Spanish with her. I only wish I'd learned this much before my grandfather passed away. He would have been so proud. A few notes for success: I use this program in combination with Duolingo's multiple language-learning programs. I listen to the podcasts on Duolingo regularly, and I also take their vocabulary-based lessons. This means that I am getting the full round of different language learning techniques. As an ESL teacher, I can say that having a program like this one is essential to true success. Learning a language takes a lot of practice, and I'm a big fan of sentence patterns. This program gets five stars in every category from me. I can't say it's all you need to learn Spanish; it definitely isn't. However, it's a great place to practice speaking full sentences. I fully recommend.

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  • Bryan Smith
  • 26-03-2018

Wtf

Why is it so that when you have your two speakers saying the different pronojnciations for Latin American and Castilian.... they are all different. The guy will say something like “reservacion” and then the girl will say “rese” and that’s it. Sounds to me like the recordings aren’t correct and parts have been clipped out. This happens about every 2 or 3 words you’re trying to teach us. Pretty hard to learn when you can’t hear what they are saying

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  • AnB
  • 10-12-2015

Get Part 1-3 books, WARNING - do not buy part 4

Would you consider the audio edition of Collins Spanish with Paul Noble - Learn Spanish the Natural Way, Part 1 to be better than the print version?

This is part 1 which has a good chunk of material although he drones on a bit in the intro.

Bought all 4 books in the series, 1-3 were good and have 3-4 hours worth of material. Part 4 shocked me when it was only 19minutes and as such was a pure rippoff.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 28-06-2018

so slow, learned nothing

so slow, I learned very little. very repetative. I would instead recommend you listen to the podcast called "light speed spanish" particularly the "light speed Spanish vocabulary" series. a MILLION time better. and free!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-03-2018

Errors on central points

I struggled to understand one word extensively used Queser I asked a Spanish native in her final year of a master to become a teacher and she said its not used. This is also my experience having spent months in Spain. Besides, a lit of boring lengthy English explanations very little learning.

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  • Dole
  • 05-11-2015

Copycat of Mark Frobose’s Power Spanish Accelerate

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This program seems to be a poor imitation of my favorite all time Spanish course, Power Spanish Accelerated by Mark Frobose.
The voices on the Paul Noble program are not nearly as pleasant with Power Spanish and the actual learning that I experienced with Noble was pitiful in comparison to what I learned for the Power Spanish series by Frobose.
Still, for the price, you save a few bucks by buying the Noble program and you’ll still learn some Spanish

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  • John S. Horvatinovich
  • 17-07-2018

No Bueno

Just not a fan of the delivery or the style of learning in this audible.

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  • Jordan
  • 30-12-2015

Naturally Prefer Frobose over Noble

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The title “Learn Spanish the Natural Way” by Paul Noble is a bit misleading.
Here are my observations:
Thick English accent is a bit off-putting and rigid.
The long introduction put me to sleep.
Paul’s unenthusiastic low energy voice lulls me to daydreaming.
Noble’s 3 Ground Rules are too structured and not really natural at all.
Mark Frobose has a much more natural high energy, motivating approach to language teaching in clear, natural educated American English.
I’ve done his Behind the Wheel programs in several languages and now with Power Spanish, Real Spanish, and all the conversational Latin American Spanish programs he has created.
No comparison between these two teachers. Frobose is by far the winner.
Just listen to Power Spanish 1 sample and then to Paul Noble and you’ll hear what I mean.
A sample is worth a thousand words.

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  • Rockin4Life33
  • 01-04-2016

save your money

full of incorrect translations! really it is just awful. g g g g g g

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  • David
  • 09-04-2013

So Far So Good

Learning a new language has always been a new years resolution but one I have never been able to grasp hold of mainly due to not having enough time. This audio book has really been the answer for me. Whilst actively encouraged throughout the narrative not to make notes its great to listen to in the car and full of easy to understand hints and tips for grasping the language. The street cred I may have lost sat at traffic lights talking to myself (in spanish) I hope to redress once on my hols with my new found language skills. Highly reccomend and if like me not an academic person by nature an enjoyable way of learning. Gratias!

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  • Heidi
  • 16-03-2013

Makes it all so easy

Paul really has found an all new way of teaching a foreign language to novices like myself. Both myself and my daughter are enjoiying learning Spanish and with ease too. Thank you.

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  • Annavini
  • 23-12-2012

Well structured and easy to learn

I prefer to learn languages with face-to-face contact however I found Paul Noble's audio course is really helpful and easy to understand. It is well structured and clearly explained. It contains description of language peculiarities which helps to learn the language faster and acquire deeper understanding of it.

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  • Tony
  • 07-02-2012

You will not believe this course

I honestly believed that I just did not have what it takes to learn a second language properly. Having tried several methods over the years - All I have ever picked up are a few useful phrases (Parrot fashion). After completing just part one of "Spanish with Paul Noble" I really feel that I am begining to understand the structure on the language as I have never been able to before - I am able to construct meaningful sentences as in a normal, everyday, conversation. My confidence that I shall actually learn another language has never been higher, Thank you so much

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-04-2013

Absolutely amazing

Amazing.

I didn't know any Spanish.

I did all parts of the course (parts 1-3 and the course review), and now I'm very confident with where I am.

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  • E. J. Hever
  • 26-12-2012

Renewed interest in Spanish

Tried many audio courses in the past but this is the best I have found.

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  • ChloetheMum
  • 17-07-2012

Quite effective for learning a language

Having learned other languages the conventional way at school, I was interested to see how I would fare with this method. I'm happy to say that it works. Of course, there's only time for the very basics on this book, but it gives you a starting point, and gives you a bit of confidence. You'd probably enjoy practising what you've learned while on holiday, or chatting with your (bemused) family around the house . . . .

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  • Gwyneth Smith
  • 20-04-2011

Excellent method, fast and confidence building

I selected this method of learning Spanish as traditional methods haven't worked for me, It's brilliant, I listen whilst walking my dog and so am able to invest plenty of time, really enjoyable, I started using my new language immedately.

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  • Oliver
  • 07-12-2015

Genius

I've tried listening to podcasts, using apps, and even Rosetta stones Spanish course, but none of them have come close to this in getting me to actually be able to speak Spanish in a functional way.

Paul noble is so good at teaching, he knows and predicts where you might go wrong and corrects your mistakes, almost like having a 1 on 1 session.

It will have you forming full sentences in just minutes, and explain how Spanish words have come into English and visa versa to give you a huge vocabulary instantly. To become fluent you have to purchase the other parts, but this is definitely the best place to start.

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  • vintage
  • 20-11-2015

excellent

good place to start but don't count on being able to understand people when they talk to you.

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