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Chinese (Mandarin), Conversational: Learn to Speak and Understand Mandarin Chinese with Pimsleur Language Programs [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

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Nov. 1 2005 0743550498 978-0743550499 2nd Edition, 16 Lessons
This course teaches Mandarin, also known as Standard Chinese. Mandarin is the official spoken language in Mainland China and Taiwan. It is also widely spoken in Singapore and Malaysia, and it is one of the five official languages of the UN. Mandarin is used in Chinese schools, colleges, universities, and in the media. Learn Mandarin Chinese today with Pimsleur.

Chinese (Mandarin), Conversational
  • Sixteen 30-minute lessons of spoken Mandarin Chinese language instruction. These sixteen lessons are the same as the first sixteen lesson of Pimsleur's 30-Unit Comprehensive Program.
  • Each lesson includes an introductory conversation, and new vocabulary and structures and includes practice for vocabulary introduced in previous lessons.
  • Essential grammar and vocabulary. Topics include: greetings, numbers, meals, shopping, telling time, scheduling activities, and asking and giving directions.
  • No mindless repetition! Converse with native speakers in natural (and useful!) conversations.
  • Easy, fast, fun and effective language acquisition.
  • Completely Audio - anytime, anywhere. No computer necessary! Unlike expensive software programs which tie learners to a computer, Pimsleur courses are available in CD or mp3 format to meet your needs.
Pimsleur® equals success. Just one 30-minute lesson a day gets you speaking and understanding like no other program.

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"Pimsleur programs provide plenty of positive reinforcement that will keep learners on track, and we found that Pimsleur gave us more proficiency and confidence in speaking the new language than any of the other language programs we reviewed." -- AudioFile Magazine

"EXTREMELY ACCESSIBLE...each section within the lessons is short enough to hold our attention, and there is enough repetition to teach even those who consider themselves slow learners...Pimsleur [programs] are extremely thorough and easy to use -- quite lively!" -- Boston Herald

"Learn French while commuting, German while jogging, Spanish (or Russian, Italian, and Japanese) while cooking all with NO WRITTEN MATERIALS!" -- New York Daily News

"Designed for the ear and not the eye...the lessons provide PERFECT 30-minute bites of work." -- St Louis Post-Dispatch

"Learn to habla español or parlez français before your next trip aboard. The interactive LESSONS CHALLENGE STUDENTS to use new words in conversation instead of memorize them." -- American Way (American Airlines inflight magazine)

"I tried other language programs with little success...This is the best by far!" -- Pamela A. Mitchell, Pilot, International Society of Women Airline Pilots

About the Author

Dr. Paul Pimsleur devoted his life to language teaching and testing and was one of the world’s leading experts in applied linguistics. After years of experience and research, Dr. Pimsleur developed The Pimsleur Method based on two key principles:  the Principle of Anticipation and a scientific principle of memory training that he called “Graduated Interval Recall.”  This Method has been applied to the many levels and languages of the Pimsleur Programs.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Some Thoughts Nov. 19 2013
Format:Audio CD
The strengths and weaknesses of the Pimsleur method have been well-documented. I love the interactive nature of the lessons, they really force you to think and remember. However, the introduction of a wider vocabulary is very slow. The material pays a lot of attention to tones and cadence. The problem of tonal inflection is the greatest hurdle to overcome going from English to Mandarin. I also appreciated the emphasis on cadence. Knowing where to pause in a sentence really helps to convey the proper meaning. I felt, however, that the instruction did not sufficiently deal with the distinction between "qu" (to go), "chi" (to eat), and "che" (vehicle). To the English ear these sounds are very similar. For Chinese speakers, these sounds (and the tongue positions) are completely different. In general, the Mandarin pronunciation was standard and satisfactory. You could visit any Mandarin speaking community and communicate successfully using the Pimsleur framework. The final issue is cost. The Pimsleur lessons are expensive. They do, however, provide an abundance of repetition and are as close to a live tutor as you will find in the audio language-learning market. I would be remiss if I did not also mention Elizabeth Scurfield. Her original language tapes (from the 1980s) set a very high standard.
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1.0 out of 5 stars not a fan Oct. 4 2014
By J.C
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Not a fan of just repeating over and over and over. long sequences at times
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