• 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
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (690 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 groundbreaking 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
  • Asking questions
  • Introduction to verbs

At the hotel, a native-speaking German expert helps Paul to deliver the course and to perfect your pronunciation. No complicated grammatical explanations, no rote memorisation, no writing - no stress. Learn over 6,000 words in no time at all and - most importantly - learn how to make your new vocabulary work for you. A downloadable booklet is also included to use as a reference and revision tool.

Learn German with Paul Noble combines an exciting, new, nontraditional approach to language learning with the easy, relaxed appeal of an audio-only product. No books. No rote memorisation. No chance of failure.

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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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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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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?

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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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This is brilliant!!

I always wanted to learn German but have heard horrors stories of hours upon hours spent studying vowels sounds and conjugations. This condenses it and makes it so user friendly. Take the plunge, you will not regret it, Great price too!!

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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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Phenomenal learning style.

I am largely self taught:Rosetta and other audio CDs and I spent a week in Berlin at a German language school. This was the BEST I have encountered. Word relationships make everything easy.

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Excellent for Self-Teaching Beginners

What made the experience of listening to Learn German with Paul Noble, Part 1 the most enjoyable?

This is the best program for gaining a firm foundation in the German language when you are teaching yourself. I've tried other audio lessons and podcasts, but even though they say they are for beginners they advance too quickly and the learner (me) gets frustrated and wants to quit. With this program I'm learning German without thinking about it and it is "clicking" with me as never before. Sure, you are not going to be fluent even after going through all four parts of this program, but you will have a solid grip on the language for further study.

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This guy is incredible

If you could sum up Learn German with Paul Noble, Part 1 in three words, what would they be?

Completely new way to learn that is fantastic! You first learn to speak German with the English equivalents. So you are speaking German in English. You don't even know you are speaking German but you are. You learn sentence structure first, THEN you slowly learn real German words. You get comfortable with speaking German before you deep dive. This is perfect for me.

What other book might you compare Learn German with Paul Noble, Part 1 to and why?

Unique

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Don't buy any other book, this is the one.

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This man DELIVERS! (but only Part 1)

It was perfect for my introduction to the sounds and some of the basic building blocks of sentence structure in the German language. This is a beginners course and covers a very narrow scope of vocabulary and grammar. But I'm so surprised at how much I learned and more important, it set the stage for my continued study, as the course was fun and so damned effective! The instructor is truly a genius. By the end of this program I was busting out very long sentences with virtually no effort at all. I highly recommend this program to anyone who has an interest in German. Loved it!!!

But beware! Do NOT purchase Part Two of this series as it is a total rip-off! After being excited by the amount I had learned in this part, I eagerly dove into Part Two. At first, I thought they were just reviewing material from Part One, then soon realized there was absolutely NO new material in the second book--NONE. They even use the exact same recordings! It is truly shameful and the book really should be pulled from Audible's library. So even if you loved this book, DO NOT purchase Part Two unless you are simply hell-bent on throwing money in the trash.

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Good for travelers

Any additional comments?

If you're going to Germany, this is an excellent way to get acquainted with the language. The repetition really drills the words into you.

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  • Pericles
  • 02-01-15

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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  • Lucky Kaa
  • 04-17-14

A ver enjoyable way to learn

Any additional comments?

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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  • Jim
  • 02-15-14

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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  • Miss Draper
  • 03-02-16

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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  • pithy99
  • 02-17-16

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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  • J. B
  • 05-14-15

educational but slightly repetitive

very good and useful, worth sticking with but slightly repetitive at times. A good building block for basic tourist language.

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  • Kassandra
  • 03-01-13

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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  • Miles Johnson
  • 12-02-21

Buy the full collection

A fantastic programme although don’t buy just part one - buy the full collection. They both cost one credit.

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  • Jussie
  • 07-10-20

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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  • HUGO R.
  • 05-10-20

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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  • Naomi
  • 04-08-15

Very Refreshing

Instruction seems to be based around the idea that we learn best through having existing concepts with which to attach new information to, and that repetition is necessary for memory retention.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-20-22

Learning German beginner

I am extremely happy with this language course, l have found learning German with Paul Noble much easier than the apps I had previously signed up to and am really enjoying it. I actually feel like I am getting somewhere and am gaining confidence.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-11-21

Simply Genius!

I would never have guessed learning German could be so simple! Paul is simply a linguistic genius.

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  • Suhyeon
  • 12-01-18

Wonderful book to learning German!

This announcer speaks clearly that I can listen it without hassle.
And it leads me to repeat it fully enough to remember it.
I already am studying level 3 and look forward to purchasing for the next book.
And it is very helpful it included pdf file to read it.

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  • Zlatko Tesic
  • 09-03-18

excellent

simple enough to keep up, easy to follow, and very interesting stuff.. give it a try..

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  • Jaekoo S.
  • 07-15-17

Very easy to follow. Absolutely loved it!

A wondeful method of teaching German to English speakers. Getting more confident to press on. Thanks a lot.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-11-17

Excellent learning tool

this course is very well constructed and explains often German grammar very well. I would recommend this from beginner to intermediate.

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  • Ben
  • 07-02-16

wow! helped me learn ALOT!

I'm the worst person for learning languages- but this book made it easy! great investment!

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  • Mr Michael P Foster
  • 05-14-16

Excellent start to understanding the German language

I thoroughly enjoyed this program. The pace and content was easy to follow. Well priced, I look forward to expanding my learning to other languages presented by Paul.

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  • Carl
  • 04-12-16

Perfect for beginners

Paul does a fantastic job. Well worth it. I'm looking forward to the second book