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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 French 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 French quickly, confidently, and with no chance of failure. 

A native-speaking French 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 French 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 HarperCollins 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)

What listeners say about Essential French in 2 Hours with Paul Noble

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Great Course

I found the course very easy to follow and soon started to feel confident. As with anything regular use of the audio book is needed.

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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book especially to those who have very little or no French and are due to go to France on their hols. Also useful for those who lack confidence that their 'school' French is actually still there in their memory. However I went on to buy 'French' by Paul Noble volume 1 which seems of have much of this book in it.

What about Paul Noble’s performance did you like?

He has a calm and reassuring voice. His French speaking counterpart speaks slow French then again at a more 'normal' pace - useful for practising yourself.

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For me I found this book mostly 'reassuring'. I do actually remember my French from my schooldays and won't be making a fool of myself in France! As I have already said though Paul Noble's French volume 1 does contain a lot of this book's information - so worth thinking about before buying.

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fabulous and logical

Systematic and useful french in a short time. My 11 year old son and I listened and participated in the car on the school run.

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David Andrew

Love this! Even I can learn,it’s so easy. Well worth the money just buy it.

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Easy to follow

very easy to follow, did it all in one go. I do have some basic french but this helped as well. I will buy the complete french as well.

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clear and concise, very useful

detailed enough to get through almost all customer interactions, concise and short enough to listen to multiple times before heading on your holiday to a french speaking country

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Basic language skills in French.

Lots of practice and repetition done, has given me confidence as a new learner. Thanks

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Very easy to follow

Paul offers a simple to follow method of learning. This course will help you learn how to introduce yourself and increase your knowledge, whilst improving your confidence in using French. Easy to recommend.

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French the easy way

Good basic french easy to follow and learn should be a usefull place to start learning the language

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Easy revision

Easy to listen to even when driving walking and in the gym
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great way to learn French!

loved this! Good for anyone starting to learn French. I can book a hotel room now.

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  • 19-06-20

Love this.

I feel like I did learn quite a bit in a short amount of time.

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  • Stephi
  • 12-06-19

Excellent

This is the best audiobook I've found for learning quick French language skills. I found his teaching approach very effective.

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  • Jackie M.
  • 30-06-21

Great teaching style!

Pace and style perfect for me!
I highly recommend this book!
Repeats over and over and gives great tips.

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