• Essential Italian in 2 Hours with Paul Noble

  • By: Paul Noble
  • Narrated by: Paul Noble
  • Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)

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Essential Italian in 2 Hours with Paul Noble

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Publisher's Summary

Learning Italian couldn't be easier! This language course will have you speaking Italian in just 2.5 hours. Use Paul Noble's relaxing method to learn the key language skills that you need to speak Italian with confidence. You will finally be able to say what you want to say - just sit back and listen!

  • Ideal for learning a language for travel
  • Learn and remember the essential phrases you need
  • No need to write notes or try to remember
  • Thousands of Paul Noble's students can attest to the success of his method

©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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Author's approach reveals a clear understanding of learning process.

It will inspire you to follow through and continue to fluency. I highly recommend Paul Noble as a master teacher.

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Terrific Teaching

Wish I had heard of Paul Noble before I had purchased any other course. Practical and engaging, this is great starter for words and sentence structure that has you able to communicate the basics when traveling. I’ve purchased the longer course.

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Love Paul Noble

I love all of the Paul Noble courses. I feel that he has a great way of teaching. Before listening to this course, one should know that basically all it teaches are some of the very basics of getting around if you are on vacation in Italy. Stuff like how to book a hotel room.

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Good for a minimal vocabulary

If you are a very beginner planning to go on a trip to Italy, this will give you a minimal vocabulary so you could use it here and there, more for fun than actually to accomplish things. For example, if you want to book a room or order in a restaurant. That's about it.
I am curious about the longer course as I like Paul Noble style. It is a bit slow and has a lot of repetitions but I guess this is how it sticks. His voice and accent reminds me a lot of Andy from Headspace. So it is very relaxing, you can almost meditate on it :)

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A very comprehensive and still short audiobook

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

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  • Lauren Lansdowne
  • 12-18-19

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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  • Miss Rachel Walsh
  • 02-11-15

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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  • Dr
  • 07-01-13

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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Any additional comments?

More of the same please at higher levels

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  • Corsaire
  • 11-18-18

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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  • Katie
  • 07-23-19

Essential italian works

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

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  • Emma
  • 09-07-16

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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  • barry
  • 10-07-22

Excellent

I have about 3 or 4 books, CDs etc by other names and I can without a doubt say that none of them come close. Through this audio book by Paul Noble, and also the longer course he has produced, I've learned more Italian, more effectively, and in such a short space of time, that I've surprised the doubters (friends in Italy) who used to shake their heads at me thinking I was hopeless in Italian. On myy last trip to Italy I was complimented more than a few times by Italians, who all said my Italian was good. Thanks Paul for producing such a great course and technique for learning language. Truly the best ever. Great job

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  • Katkou
  • 04-10-21

Useful!

I really liked it. It helps you with the most difficult part of a language - actually generating the sentence in a dialogue.
I think it works even better if you are already somewhat familiar with the language at an early stage. It definitely is what the title says...essential Italian that will help you have a very basic conversation with the locals if you travel there. I am excited to listen to the rest of the series.

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  • T. Gibbons
  • 02-21-21

Good for learning in the car. Some repetition.

Nicely narrated, easy to understand. Good timing so you can try the exercises yourself. Some of it was a bit repetitive but I guess that's what we need to help us remember it.

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  • Dean T
  • 02-12-21

Definitely sinks in

First time trying a language audiobook and have to say I was pleasantly surprised. The repetition of words and phrases definitely helped to keep it fresh in my mind and allow it to gradually sink in. Now that I have some basics I’ll be going to the next book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-08-18

Easy to follow and learn

This book has made the process of learning a 2nd language easy and effective. No trying to memorise new words, the vocabulary builds naturally and almost subconsiously.

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