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Publisher's Summary

An exciting approach to learning Italian with the easy, relaxed appeal of an audio-only product. Over 12 hours of easy listening with Collins' best-selling language coach. 

No books. No rote memorisation. No chance of failure. 

Part 1

  • Language ground rules
  • The use of the past tense
  • Numbers
  • Essential vocabulary to use when booking into a hotel, taking a taxi, and eating out

Part 2

  • Asking for directions
  • Verb revision
  • Travelling by bus and train
  • Introducing and talking about yourself

Part 3

  • Useful phrases when shopping
  • Vocabulary for conversing with a pharmacist or doctor
  • Practice and revision
  • The future tense

Course Review

The course review offers the opportunity to revise the full course and practise what you have learnt. A native-speaking Italian 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. 

A more in-depth course for those looking to improve their language skills, with over 12 hours of audio and handy written revision guide to reinforce your learning.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

Which Paul Noble product is right for me?

I need a basic audio course for use on holiday or a business trip - choose The Essential Paul Noble Course.

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I have listened to a Complete Course and I would like to take my learning to the next level - choose The Paul Noble Next Steps Course.

I have some understanding and have previously studied the language; I need a book to consolidate what I know and increase my conversational ability - choose The Paul Noble Unlocking Series.

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If you want to learn Italian you need this in your repertoire

Everyone learns slightly different, and there isn’t one sole way to learn a language properly. There are so many differing theories on how to learn a language, but ideally, you would do them all.

The way Paul Noble teaches is through repetition over time. Your brain needs to reinforce the connections it makes when learning something new, so this is what repetition over time does. Here is the scenario: You hear a new word, and you may remember it forever, or you may forget it. Its repeated a few times in the first few minutes and your brain makes that new connection. Maybe 20 minutes later in the audio book (or more depending on how you split your listening time) you hear the word again. Now, if you remembered it, great! It gets reinforced. If you don’t remember it right away, you hear it again and the familiarity of it lights up the pathway in your brain to where you are unlikely to forget it again.

This is how ALL brains work. Yes, you should supplement your learning with interaction with native speakers, visual learning, and practicing writing too. But this audiobook is what you need for a good chunk of verb conjugation, tenses, and overall sentence structure.

If you are serious about learning a language, Paul’s audiobooks are fantastic. And they don’t cost all that much either!

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What an amazing audiobook

I absolutely love this audiobook. It's amazing how in just a couple chapters you can be making phrases without having to be memorizing a bunch of vocabulary first. He gradually introduces new words. I wish I had found this sooner. If you are looking to learn Italian, I definitely recommend this audiobook.

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Not much grammar instructions

You won’t learn how to speak Italian by learning the grammar and conjugations, etc. it gives you a taste.

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A great start

What a great course to get started with Italian! This gets you ready for simple conversation while traveling. I highly recommend.

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Not what I needed

Good book but I wanted something a bit more simple to start out with.

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Great Italian Language Teaching

I love Paul Noble’s repetition and well structured method to learning how to speak Italian. I have not used the pdf as I mostly listen to the program while driving.

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Works!... if you put in the time

it is a good program but you have to put on the time to learn.

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Loved it!

Paul’s untraditional method of teaching is wonderful! The clues he provides to remember important information is so unique and useful. It’s also great that he doesn’t expect you to cram everything into your mind the first time you hear it. So you actually enjoy going through his lesson knowing he will circle back to new topics again later on to refresh your memory. Totally loved it and learned a ton. Will be using the last chapter for practice as he suggested very often. It’s a bit of a speed-round of everything you learn in the book. Such a well thought out set of lessons.

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Amazing

I can hold a conversation in Italian now. Highly recommended. Used it while strolling in Milan.

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More useful than 6 months of Duolingo

I recently went to Italy after 6 months of daily practice on Duolingo (not slouching either- I’m in the top 2% on the platform) and found myself unprepared for most basic exchanges.
I think the moment I realized I needed a better tool was when I found myself in a cafe, pointing at a sandwich in a case but unable to say “I’d like that one” in Italian.
So I turned to audible and I’m glad I did.
I’ve made more progress towards becoming conversational with this course than I did in the previous 6-9 months.
Paul’s teaching style is very easy to follow: rather than rote memorization of hundreds of words, he drops etymological bombs that add many words to your vocabulary instantly. For example, almost every word in English which ends in “ation” (Latin root), simply changes the end to “are” in Italian—that’s 1,200+ words. :head_exploding_emoji:
I also particularly like his use of having a native Italian speaking woman answer the questions which he’s asking you, after a short pause.
I shouldn’t totally discount Duolingo- I’m sure the 6 months I did (and I continue to use it) helped prepare me for this course to some extent- but if I had to choose one, I’d choose this course, without question. Kind of mind blowing that it only cost a single book credit on Audible. Can’t recommend enough.