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  • By: Paul Noble
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  • Length: 2 hrs and 24 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (184 ratings)

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Summary

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 2 hours of everyday essentials that are practical, fun, and applicable. Just listen, interact, and learn wherever you are.

Whatever your experience with languages, this is the course to get you speaking Spanish quickly, confidently, and with no chance of failure. 

A native-speaking Spanish expert will help you to perfect your pronunciation and allow you 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.

Once you’ve finished the Essentials course, continue your language learning journey by downloading Learn Spanish with Paul Noble for Beginners – Complete Course.

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.

©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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Love Paul Noble

Would you consider the audio edition of Destination Spanish with Paul Noble to be better than the print version?

Yes, of course, it's a language course... you cannot learn Spanish by reading - the pronunciation is so different from English.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

There is nothing to change on this audio - except maybe to hint at what the next course would cover but maybe he didn't know when he did this one.

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

Paul Noble plays himself ... AND he's my favourite character!

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It lifted a weight off my shoulders. I have never held much hope of understanding Spanish... there is light at the end of the tunnel now.

Any additional comments?

I like the way he does not always point out things he wants you to note straight away. He lets the native speaker, Carmen, say the phrase a couple of times - like "tortilla" before he says "notice how it is pronounced"... "consider how it is spelt".

He teaches you some phrases, repeating them relentlessly, but if you are listening on the move or while moving around the house, this is fine. You negotiate a tricky junction, or your mind wanders off, you go back to listening and you haven't missed too much.

He says he WANTS you to forget, that this is part of the process. This is reassuring if you've just heard the same phrase five times in different guises and then manage to forget it again. I imagine it's like a wave rolls back out to sea but the tide comes in.

He speaks well known words like "con" from "chilli con carne" as if you were learning something really important but meanwhile you've learnt to say: "I have been to Madrid, but I have not been to Barcelona, have you not been to Madrid?" Then he goes back and teaches you "coffee", "please". It's like learning by stealth. He takes you back and forward like the sea playing with debris or a symphony with a repeating refrain but lots of other music in between.

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Excellent for a novice like myself.

Where does Destination Spanish with Paul Noble rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is a good way to learn how to get by in the language without feeling stuck to specific phrases. I feel more confident and am looking forward to doing the rest of this course. My daughter has done his French version and has found it really good. It gets away from the more traditional way of learning with grammar and focuses more on being able to say and understand key parts of a dialogue.

What about Paul Noble’s performance did you like?

There is a good mix of Paul telling you what you need to do and a native speaker saying the words or phrases in Spanish.

Any additional comments?

Audible needs to have some more appropriate questions for books like this.

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where's the booklet??

this course suggests there's a booklet with it..but there isn't one! so how do I get it ?

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Good way to learn before travelling

Short introduction to Spanish, easy to learn through repetition. Spanish voice is clear and Paul Noble's manner is calm and confident.

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Nothing original

What would have made Destination Spanish with Paul Noble better?

Different content from the Spanish with Paul noble course. This is exactly the same material repackaged and resold.

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It works

Paul Nobel's teaching style is so calm, easy and intelligent in a way that he understands and links the language to English and his refreshing approach flips traditional language learning on its head, making it accessible and understandable to all.
Thanks!

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Engaging, patient, fast.

Having used various books, cds, and apps trying to learn Spanish, I'd never really got beyond, "La tortuga come una manza" which my Spanish friends did not find sufficiently hilarious.
This learning style is not something I ever would have thought to try, being a mainly visual person. However the quality of the recording and the clarity of the method is brilliant.
I've already bought a further Spanish course in this series and will be on to more languages in no time!

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muy bien

So easy to follow and remember and it helps by going back to words and phrases learnt earlier

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New to Paul Noble teaching methods

i only bought thr dhortwr course as a tester to see if Pauls teaching methods suited me. All I can say is this short course is fantastic, so much so I am going to purchase the full spanish course. It was very easy to pick up and understand. Language instantly stuck in my mind.

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Learnt more in 2 hours than I did in 4 years at gcse

Learnt more in 2 hours than I did in 4 years at gcse 24 years ago. Senor Lewis what a waist of space he was at school.

Paul makes Spanish enjoyable and simple to understand. I hated Spanish growing up due to the way they taught it. Everything you need for a holiday is pretty much in this 2 hours.

It really shouldn’t be that hard as English is an adaption of Spanish.

Top work Paul you ledge.

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  • Mdolores8
  • 02-05-19

2 hour course

I am disappointed 😞 the workbook Mr.Logan refers to does not, at least for me did not, come with the course. Not even as a download attachment. How can I get the workbook? Have several of Mr.Logan 's courses and,until now, have really enjoyed and learned well.

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  • Ari
  • 06-01-20

covers very little

this is for absolute beginners. this "essential" Spanish contains literally a few phrases (with some variations) in ~2 hours. besides, it includes essentially exactly the same content as the first part of the author's another audiobook. there is absolutely no reason to buy both. I wish I could get a refund.

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  • Tracy
  • 13-02-22

Absolutely Brilliant Idea!

This has been amazing for my ADHD addled brain. I can lay down and listen to it as I draw and GUESS WHAT????? IT STICKS! Thank you so much for this learning technique. Don't worry, you don't have to remember this review...I will repeat it again! LOL

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  • CeLsee Churchill
  • 15-01-22

Keep looking.

Check it out before you waste your money/credit. I found it to be an absolute bore, making it very difficult to get through the material.

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  • Victoria Shorten
  • 03-05-21

Excellent.

I tried 4 books before this and I nearly gave up. Paul Noble is by far the best.

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  • golfer1
  • 17-04-21

Very good introduction for quick learning

Great intro for a beginning Spanish learner. pacing was excellent. The program instilled confidence.

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  • laura
  • 13-04-21

nice.

well exacuted. But for me I didn't need the travel
lingo so much. I need to learn for a Dental job.
That's a different conversation. yet this was still helpful. The delivery is always smart by Paul Noble. His "reminder words....Key over the Sierras.

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  • n8 the gr8
  • 28-04-20

yes

paul noble is best by far
I have tried many others and they all suck