Chinese (Man) Phase 2, Units 1-30

Chinese (Man) Phase 2, Units 1-30

Learn to Speak and Understand Mandarin Chinese with Pimsleur Language Programs
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  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9781442316409
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Description

Includes 30 lessons and culture notes (16 hours) as MP3 download, plus PDF user's guide and culture notes

Mandarin is the official language in Mainland China, Taiwan, and Singapore. The Mandarin dialect is used in most Chinese schools, colleges, and universities, and in most TV programs, movies, and radio stations throughout the country. Mandarin is one of the five official languages of the UN.
Can learning another language be as easy as speaking your own? Yes with Pimsleur it’s that easy. Learn on your own time, at your own pace, and wherever you choose. Mandarin Chinese Phase 2 includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one additional hour of culture notes, and is designed to be used after completing Phase 1.

  • In the first 10 lessons of Phase 2, you begin to use the past tense. Structures become more complex and informal speech is introduced. Conversations become fuller, and learners are able to discuss business and social activities, manage shopping situations, and express their interests. As you progress, vocabulary is expanded and fluency increases.
  • The next 10 lessons of Phase 2 allow you to further combine and build upon known elements, and produce longer and more complex sentences. You learn to bargain with shopkeepers, deal with business situations, get and give medical information, and discuss the weather.
  • In the final 10 lessons of Phase 2, you’ve doubled your vocabulary and have several hundred structures to draw upon. You’ll gain experience asking for assistance, finding a location that is some distance away, and using relative structures – faster, slower, etc. Sports and leisure activities are explored, as well as shopping, changing money, and future travel plans. By the end of Phase 2, you’re speaking at a midintermediate level with nearnative pronunciation, and you are comfortable meeting most social demands and limited job requirements.

One hour of recorded Culture Notes are included at the end of Unit 30. These Notes are designed to provide you with some insight into Chinese culture. A Notes Booklet is also included in PDF format.

Description

Includes 30 lessons and culture notes (16 hours) as MP3 download, plus PDF user's guide and culture notes

Mandarin is the official language in Mainland China, Taiwan, and Singapore. The Mandarin dialect is used in most Chinese schools, colleges, and universities, and in most TV programs, movies, and radio stations throughout the country. Mandarin is one of the five official languages of the UN.
Can learning another language be as easy as speaking your own? Yes with Pimsleur it’s that easy. Learn on your own time, at your own pace, and wherever you choose. Mandarin Chinese Phase 2 includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one additional hour of culture notes, and is designed to be used after completing Phase 1.

  • In the first 10 lessons of Phase 2, you begin to use the past tense. Structures become more complex and informal speech is introduced. Conversations become fuller, and learners are able to discuss business and social activities, manage shopping situations, and express their interests. As you progress, vocabulary is expanded and fluency increases.
  • The next 10 lessons of Phase 2 allow you to further combine and build upon known elements, and produce longer and more complex sentences. You learn to bargain with shopkeepers, deal with business situations, get and give medical information, and discuss the weather.
  • In the final 10 lessons of Phase 2, you’ve doubled your vocabulary and have several hundred structures to draw upon. You’ll gain experience asking for assistance, finding a location that is some distance away, and using relative structures – faster, slower, etc. Sports and leisure activities are explored, as well as shopping, changing money, and future travel plans. By the end of Phase 2, you’re speaking at a midintermediate level with nearnative pronunciation, and you are comfortable meeting most social demands and limited job requirements.

One hour of recorded Culture Notes are included at the end of Unit 30. These Notes are designed to provide you with some insight into Chinese culture. A Notes Booklet is also included in PDF format.

REVIEWS SUMMARY

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PimsleurChinese (Man) Phase 2, Units 1-30
 
4.5

(based on 11 reviews)

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Pros

  • Easy to use (10)
  • It works (10)
  • Portable (10)
  • Perfects accent (9)
  • Fun (6)

Cons

  • No writing component (4)

Best Uses

  • Self-improvement (10)
  • Travel (7)
  • Business/work (4)
  • Fun (4)
  • Family background/heritage (3)
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    • Traveler (6), Business person (5)

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5.0

Nothing to complain about

By Brian the Roth

from Orange County

About Me Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Effective
  • Fun
  • It Works
  • Perfects Accent
  • Portable

Cons

  • No writing component

Best Uses

  • Just for fun
  • Self-improvement
  • Travel

Comments about Chinese (Man) Phase 2, Units 1-30:

I use Pimsleur while I'm driving, which is great because i can focus on driving, and the language learning becomes second nature, without having to think too hard. I do each lesson as many times as it takes to pretty much nail everything, sometimes as many as 10 times.

Pimsleur is great because it teaches useful vocabulary, perfect(mainlander) pronunciation, and key grammar structures. I saw a complaint about Pimsleur being boring, but it's not trying to entertain anyone. It effectively teaches language by keeping things focused and simple, which makes for fast language learning.

 
4.0

Pimsleur Mandarin course - a winner.

By DrBaBa

from Cambridge, MA

About Me Business person

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Fun
  • It Works
  • Perfects Accent
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family background/Heritage

    Comments about Chinese (Man) Phase 2, Units 1-30:

    My Chinese mother-in-law immigrated a couple of months ago to live with us permanently. She speaks no English. I started the Pimsleur course as soon as she arrived and now, two months later, I can have basic conversations with her. She is amazed and delighted.

    Service and delivery comments:

    It would be useful to have new vocabulary written in pinyin, along with instructions on how to pronounce new words including pictures of the position of the lips and tongue. For example, at first I had trouble distinguishing the words for "live", "go" and "eat". Written help with pronunciation would have helped.

    Some of the phrases and idioms are excessively formal (according to my Chinese wife) and others vary by region. This would be useful to know.

     
    4.0

    No Magic to learning a new language

    By Robear

    from Castro Valley, CA

    About Me Family, Traveler

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • It Works
    • Perfects Accent
    • Portable

    Cons

    • Expensive
    • Not Writing But Pinyin
    • No writing component

    Best Uses

    • Self-improvement
    • Travel

    Comments about Chinese (Man) Phase 2, Units 1-30:

    I listen every day at the gym in the morning. The lessons are practical and useful fork getting tones correct. I need pinyin in order to distinguish similar sounding consonants, and to have a visual reference for what I am learning. But there can be no doubt that the audio repetition and reworking of past lessons is helpful to develop memory and usage.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Works even for Seniors!

    By Pansy

    from Lexington, KY

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • It Works
    • Perfects Accent
    • Portable

    Cons

    • Expensive
    • Too Fast

    Best Uses

    • Family background/Heritage
    • Self-improvement

    Comments about Chinese (Mandarin) II, Comprehensive:

    I was very impressed with these language lessons. As an older person (aged 66), my memory has faded some, and it took me much longer than 30 minutes to learn the material introduced in a single lesson. Usually I repeated a session for several days before moving forward. However, I was always able to advance steadily, albeit at a slower pace than suggested.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Effective lessons

    By Mike

    from Los Angeles

    About Me Traveler

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • It Works
    • Portable

    Cons

    • No writing component

    Best Uses

    • Just for fun
    • Self-improvement
    • Travel

    Comments about Chinese (Man) Phase 2, Units 1-30:

    I am just doing Mandarin for fun adn travel. I was in China for 12 days a few months ago and plan to return for another tour. The lessons have all hte familiar Pimsluer magic. Lots of delayed repetition and at some point you start to remember and even to react to quesions quickly.
    As everyone seems to say, it would be a good addition to add some written work. The younger chinese people use Pin Yan to spell out sounds on their cell phones for instant messaging. It would help if some of this was engineered into the lessons. Maybe it will be in Mandarin III, I have not progressed beyond lessin 21 of II.

    The basic principles remain: It works! but it only works if you work. Other commercial programs may be good for reviewing a language you already knonw, but in my experience, Pimsluer is the only method that will teach you to speak a new language.

    Service and delivery comments:

    Add a written componenet.

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