• Learn German with Paul Noble for Beginners – Complete Course

  • German Made Easy with Your Personal Language Coach
  • By: Paul Noble
  • Narrated by: Paul Noble
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (900 ratings)

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An exciting, nontraditional approach to language learning with the easy, relaxed appeal of an audio-only product. No books. No rote memorisation. No chance of failure.

This download contains the entire course:

  • Part one: language ground rules, asking questions, introduction to verbs, at the hotel
  • Part two: numbers, eating out, asking for directions, at the train station
  • Part three: taking a train, time phrases, the past tense, a brief encounter
  • Course review: offers a very useful opportunity to revise the full course and practise what you have learnt.

A native-speaking German expert helps you to perfect your pronunciation. Learn over 6,000 words in no time at all, and learn how to make your new vocabulary work for you. A downloadable booklet is also included to use as a reference and revision tool.

©2016 Paul Noble (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Featured Article: The Best Audiobooks to Learn German


There are two main requirements for learning German, or any language, and making it stick: consistency and immersion. Audiobooks are great for consistency because you can easily make them a daily habit. And audio is also great for immersing yourself in a language. With a German audiobook in your ears, you can just let the vocabulary, grammar, and cadence wash over you. Find a listen to meet your needs, suit your style, and keep you talking!

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Best Teacher I have found

I have tried memrise, rosetta stone, and several other ways for learning German. All have some positives, but I found Paul Noble's approach to be the best for me. I am middle-aged and though I love the immersive experiences the others have, sometimes I just need somebody to explain why instead of waiting for me to figure out the pattern. He explains "rules" like you were used to in grammar class growing up and the gives you a lot of practice in practical, but non-boring ways. Plus you gotta love his British accent. He is very encouraging too....

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I loved learning German from Paul Noble!

I really loved learning German from Paul Noble. It's a jump-start, no-nonsense way to learn German. Rather than bogging down in verb conjugation like many formal language classes, Paul starts with the basics. "Ich, Ich kann, Ich kann beginnen." You learn how to say basic things about yourself, order food and drink, get a hotel room, and find directions. Paul also does a great job of comparing English words with German words, and explaining how German grammar is more similar to King James English grammar than modern English grammar.

I have two complaints about this book though: First, you never learn spelling. Speaking German one thing, but as soon as you start to read it, you realize you have mostly no idea to spell anything you just learned. Second, I had a very hard time catching the differences between many similar-sounding words. Paul and the German lady both used dynamic microphones, so they didn't get the crystal-clear dictation from a condenser microphone, which is critical to people learning a new language. That also added to my spelling frustrations. It was hard to parse when to use den mann vs dem mann, because they sounded exactly the same through the recording. Also trying to learn "excuse me" was a mess - I left thinking "enshoilitten zie? emshoiligen zie?" when the correct word is "entschuldigen sie."

I also didn't get a great lesson from the numbers and alphabet, but I've since learned them from children's YouTube videos.

EDIT: This book now comes with an accompanying PDF to teach you how to spell. Great!

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If only schools taught like this

I had never studied German before listening to this audiobook, I was quite sceptical to what a few hours of lectures could do but I am truly impressed. I can now grasp the gist of several discussions and can communicate basic sentences.

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I'm a fan

a smooth and easy introduction to the basics of German. Would be great to have a next level follow-up!

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Good introductory material

It structures how the logic of German language works in plain way. However it does not introduce a lot of new words. If you expect to speak German after this, then you will not be able to do so, however of you expect to learn the logic behind the language this is perfect.

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An excellent program for getting started driving

I have studied a number of different German language programs in the past. This is one of the clearest no six synced and fastest way to learn conversational German. Start your German learning program here. Highly recommended.

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amazing

I have been trying to learn german, for years. this course not only teaches you what to say, it explains why it should be said, that way. Your not just memorizing key phrases, your learning how to formulate your own thoughts into a proper German sentence. I absolutely loved this course.

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Wonderful !!!

Made me understand with ease when should I use different articles ...Great course !! thanks!!

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without a doubt. the best way to a new language

If you think that learning a new language is "too hard", "too complicated" or "too overwhelming." you're wrong. After buying Paul's course. I am absolutely confident that I can not only learn a second language. but its also possible to learn a 3rd, 4th or even 5th language. simple, well produced and it works.

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Agonizingly slow

Paul talks to the listener as though we were all five-year-olds. He repeats himself over and over and over, speaks sooooo slowly, wastes insanely long periods of time explaining mundane concepts over and over and over and over again. If I listen for 20 minutes on my way to work I might learn one new word. The rest of the time I am listening to Paul explain something fairly obvious in the slowest way possibly ten times in a row, and repeating things from the first lesson for the thousandth time. It’s infuriating!

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  • Darren
  • 05-20-16

Adding to my knowledge

I am going through many mental issues and learning languages was one of the things recommended to me when I go to bed at night. It stops me from ruminating my horrible thoughts.
Paul has a relaxing voice and so does the German lady speaking German.
It is adding to my German skills I already had and is so easy to follow. Paul is very clear to try not to concentrate on remembering all that he teaches and it works.
I have French and Spanish too so it gives a hint on how easy they are to use, as well as the perfect nice relaxing remedy for my mental issues. Brilliant.

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  • caitlin
  • 01-04-18

Incredibly impressed!

What made the experience of listening to Learn German with Paul Noble: Complete Course: German Made Easy with Your Personal Language Coach the most enjoyable?

My daughters (8 and 10) and I decided to learn German and within a day we could all three say basic (but impressively long) sentences. So clear and simple to follow and Paul explains in a way that we remember the grammar and vocabulary very easily. All three of us have immersed ourselves in German with enthusiasm and joy. Thank you Paul Noble!

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Clear, simple to follow, instantly usable.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-17-16

Absolutely brilliant

I really, really enjoyed this. I relearnt previous things I had forgotten, and a whole lot more. Easy to understand, paced perfect, and I couldn't wait to go and practise my German. Now I want to learn more and I'm looking for more advanced German learning books.

Only grumble, if I really had to find one, is that Pauls voice was so soothing I'd find myself asleep after 10 minutes, so I listened to it before bed. I don't feel there was 6000 words to learn either, maybe 1000 but I really feel I will remember them in the long term.

Highly recommended.

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  • joseph
  • 10-09-19

This is just the first few lessons at half-pace

I can imagine this book is good for absolute beginners who lack confidence and want to get a toe hold in the German language. Anybody else, just forget it.

Paul Noble seems to be marketed online as the solution to all the challenges that come with learning a language. That is fantastic marketing for selling books and courses to people who aspire to learning a language. But this audiobook is really just a dumbed down version of beginner lessons padded out at half-pace with plenty of repetition (good for beginners) and waffle (not good for anybody). I got six hours in and decided it was a waste of my time as I am not a beginner.

He spends so much time waffling because he doesn't want to use the words "subject" and "object". In my opinion, if you cant understand even the subject and the object of a sentence then you are never going to be able to get very far with German grammar which means you just arent going to be able to get very far with German.

The explanation of the relationship between English and German is very interesting. That is really the only positive.

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  • GourmetJJ
  • 12-21-16

A very good tool for linking together the language

Would you consider the audio edition of Learn German with Paul Noble: Complete Course: German Made Easy with Your Personal Language Coach to be better than the print version?

I haven't looked at the printed version, but I found the audible version quite brilliant as I could take it, listen and learn, anywhere. Unlike other on-line language courses.... I'm only interested in speaking the language, not reading or writing it.

What did you like best about this story?

I did know quite a few german words already, I spent a couple of years in Germany as a teenager. However, Paul Noble's course helped me put all those words into sentences, make sense of sentence structure, so that I can take any new words and use them. I found myself able to speak more confidently in every day situations (we spend quite a bit of time in German and North Italy).

Which character – as performed by Paul Noble – was your favourite?

Paul Noble.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Patience and structure

Any additional comments?

I would like a more advanced course to follow on.

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  • Rad
  • 05-25-18

Best way to learn a new language

I was skeptical having never really taken to languages at school but I listen now for about 20minutes a day when I walk the dog. after a couple of months I can actually recall useful German in a snap in response to simple questions or asking for things. It’s great and I’ve downloaded all of Paul’s other books.

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  • Eddie
  • 10-12-17

excellent

loved it. well paced and was matched to my level of understanding. highly recommend it

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  • MF
  • 07-27-17

Sooo slow and repetitive...

What would have made Learn German with Paul Noble: Complete Course: German Made Easy with Your Personal Language Coach better?

Paul Noble's explanations were so long-winded and his delivery was sooo slow and repetitive that I had to abandon the course as I was in danger of throwing something at my car's audio system! A shame as the German speaker was very clear and easy to copy.

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  • ockie
  • 03-10-17

A must have for language learning

A different and fantastic approach to learning languages.
It is a true must have and a perfect starting point. I couldn't recommend this book more.

A fantastic learning experience

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-03-20

Great learning tool

I liked the book a lot. l learnt a lot, it was easy to follow with useful pauses and plenty of repetition.

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  • BYRON
  • 03-09-19

Great starter

I started using Duolingo, but found that making the time available a challenge. This audio book solved my time challenge as I listen in the car and also accelerated my understanding of tenses and usage of basic German as compared to DuoLingo and other paid courses I have had for years. I’m moving onto the intermediate book - great resource.

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  • Emily Laven
  • 01-13-20

Effective but tedious

Achtung! This is not great if you already know a lot of German, as it's very repetitive.

This is great if you are lazy but have a good attention span. You don't need to focus much, but let's just say, it's good listening when you want to fall asleep. Above all, I really appreciated the way the author made it so so easy and simple to understand the nuts and bolts of German. That's what a beginner really needs.

However, I wish that the author really made a point of illustrating scenarios, so we have something to relate our learning to, and keep us entertained. The best way to memorize is not to just repeat things over and over, but to connect them to other relevant/interesting things.

In conclusion, I do recommend it for true beginners. It's really well written in terms of flow and structure and it makes the language very accessible. But it tends to feel like listening to those "learn German in your sleep" videos on YouTube. It probably doesn't matter too much as long as you supplement it with other learning materials, though.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-24-20

Excellent for a beginner like me!

My bestie is German and after 20 years of friendship I've decided to finally learn German. This has been a great introduction - Paul is an excellent teacher and I really enjoyed his teaching style. I'm now excited to go onto the Next Steps book!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-21-22

very fast way to learn

relaxed, you can pick it up and stop whenever, no need for strict memorising. Super fast improvement in grammar and forming sentences without having to learn a lot of boring stuff

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  • Beata Kolasinski-Maurer
  • 08-18-22

Awesome

If you want to learn the basics in German, this is the perfect place to start.

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  • missnae
  • 08-11-22

Perfect for daily revision / practice

I spent a bit of time living in Germany and took 2 months of intensive language classes while there, so I'm not a total beginner. However, a typical language class in Berlin brings together learners from all over the world - Japan, Italy, Argentina, Australia etc. So, it's unfair to those who don't speak English as their first language to receive instruction in class in both English and German. Teachers sometimes do revert to English to explain something, but generally they use the immersion method, which means you follow along to everything in German. This can be challenging for a beginner without a basic foundation in the language first and I'm not convinced of the method for beginners - it's just more efficient to explain grammar rules for example, in the language you already understand.

What Paul Noble stresses here is that if you speak English you already know some German. He helps English speakers to identify patterns in English that are similiar or recognisable in German. This is fantastic! Or should I say, fantastisch. ;) These shortcuts to vocabulary are so helpful. I'm also enjoying practicising speaking / pronunciation which you don't always get to do enough of in class, and to be honest, it can be intimidating in a group setting. Even though I'm familiar with most of the words used here so far, I am learning new ways to approach German and deepening my understanding of grammar. I'll definitely be moving onto the intermediate course once I'm done with this one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-18-21

best book for beginners or even just above level

great way to learn, I love his soothing voice and calm nature to learning, I find 30 minutes or 1hr of this giving 100 percent brain power is a great workout and awesome learning experience, anything above that some of your answer start taking too long (especially if you're doing something whilst listening)

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  • Margarita Fair
  • 01-07-20

A great start

An easy way to get the basics down without having to wade through lots of conjugations. If you are a beginner it’s great. It didn’t go far enough for me as I already have more knowledge of the language. Would be good if he goes on from here.

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  • Liam Bowditch
  • 09-03-19

Looking forward to the next book

The methods used in this book, I feel, are very effective and make learning German more enjoyable. Thank you for the book. I’m looking forward to the next one!