Chinese (Mandarin) I, Comprehensive

Chinese (Mandarin) I, Comprehensive

Learn to Speak and Understand Mandarin Chinese with Pimsleur Language Programs
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  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9780671790615
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Description

Includes 30 lessons and culture notes on 16 CDs, plus a culture notes booklet

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.

Comprehensive Mandarin Chinese I includes 30 lessons of essential grammar and vocabulary -- 16 hours of real-life spoken practice sessions -- plus a Culture Booklet. Upon completion of this Level I program, you will have functional spoken proficiency with the most-frequently-used vocabulary and grammatical structures.

  • In the first 10 lessons, you’ll cover the basics: saying hello, asking for or giving information, scheduling a meal or a meeting, asking for or giving basic directions, and much more. You’ll be able to handle minimum courtesy requirements, understand much of what you hear, and be understood at a beginning level, but with near-native pronunciation skills.
  • In the next 10 lessons, you’ll build on what you’ve learned. Expand your menu, increase your scheduling abilities from general to specific, start to deal with currency and exchanging money, refine your conversations and add over a hundred new vocabulary items. You’ll understand more of what you hear, and be able to participate with speech that is smoother and more confident.
  • In the final 10 lessons, you’ll be speaking and understanding at an intermediate level. More directions are given in the target language, which moves your learning to a whole new plane. Lessons include shopping, visiting friends, going to a restaurant, plans for the evening, car trips, and talking about family.

One hour of recorded Cultural 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 on 16 CDs, plus a culture notes booklet

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.

Comprehensive Mandarin Chinese I includes 30 lessons of essential grammar and vocabulary -- 16 hours of real-life spoken practice sessions -- plus a Culture Booklet. Upon completion of this Level I program, you will have functional spoken proficiency with the most-frequently-used vocabulary and grammatical structures.

  • In the first 10 lessons, you’ll cover the basics: saying hello, asking for or giving information, scheduling a meal or a meeting, asking for or giving basic directions, and much more. You’ll be able to handle minimum courtesy requirements, understand much of what you hear, and be understood at a beginning level, but with near-native pronunciation skills.
  • In the next 10 lessons, you’ll build on what you’ve learned. Expand your menu, increase your scheduling abilities from general to specific, start to deal with currency and exchanging money, refine your conversations and add over a hundred new vocabulary items. You’ll understand more of what you hear, and be able to participate with speech that is smoother and more confident.
  • In the final 10 lessons, you’ll be speaking and understanding at an intermediate level. More directions are given in the target language, which moves your learning to a whole new plane. Lessons include shopping, visiting friends, going to a restaurant, plans for the evening, car trips, and talking about family.

One hour of recorded Cultural 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.

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PimsleurChinese (Man) Phase 1, Units 1-30
 
4.6

(based on 26 reviews)

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Pros

  • It works (25)
  • Portable (23)
  • Easy to use (22)
  • Perfects accent (17)
  • Fun (12)

Cons

  • No writing component (8)
  • Too fast (3)

Best Uses

  • Self-improvement (16)
  • Business/work (15)
  • Travel (15)
  • Fun (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Business person (17), Traveler (14), Student (7)

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5.0

Great way to learn a language!!

By Peter

from Miami, FL

About Me Business person

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • It Works
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Business/Work

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

    I only have good things to say about Pimsleur.
    It is my second language using this method. I find the method to be realistic, thoughtful, and most importantly .....effective.
    My colleagues and friends, who are Chinese, laugh at my progress, but at around lesson 5-6, vocabulary increases and am able to begin to pick up bits and pieces of conversations.
    Of course along the way, I learn a word or two, but I actually find that if someone wants to help me with a new phrase...it messes me up.
    Want to stick with Pimsleur to the end of all the courses.

     
    4.0

    Fun to Learn

    By Dan the Man

    from Wisconsin

    About Me Traveler

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Too Fast

    Best Uses

    • Self-improvement
    • Travel

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

    I use the product as told to, everyday, for 30 minutes per day. As an older adult, never having taken a foreign language, I find fun, but very challenging. I am am lesson 6 & am finding that I need to do the same lesson for a couple of days, Otherwise I really fall behind. It also helps me to clearly hear the pronunciation. I would recommend this study.

     
    5.0

    Mandarin Phase 1

    By Tom J

    from New York

    About Me Business person, Student

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • No writing component

    Best Uses

    • Business/Work
    • Self-improvement

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

    A great product that I use daily while walking (makes for a productive walk). The pace is good. I actually repeat each lesson before moving on to the next so each lesson takes 2 days. I also use the Pimsleur Companion text to learn the characters (easily found via a web search).
    I'm looking forward to the next phases once I complete the first phase.

     
    5.0

    Expectations met, very satisfied

    By Ben

    from USA

    About Me Business person

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • It Works
    • Portable

    Cons

    • Can Get Repetitive
    • No writing component

    Best Uses

    • Business/Work
    • Just for fun
    • Self-improvement

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

    It is very easy to use. I would listen during my commutes to and from work on a daily basis. It helps a lot to actually hear the words that are being said. It is also very organized and the phone app works great.

    Service and delivery comments:

    It would be nice to have some literature on the material being learned. That being said, I knew before I bought it that it was all audio, so I am not upset. Switching the format would be helpful as well. It does work, but each lesson is set up the same and can be dull to listen to at times.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Works great!

    By Fun in the Sun

    from Honolulu, Hawaii

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Expensive

    Best Uses

    • Family background/Heritage

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

    I am a native Chinese speaker. I just purchased the program for my daughter, who is 10 years old. I tried to teach her Chinese myself since she was very young, but without very satisfactory results. I was the only one in the family that spoke the language, and my busy schedule did not allow me to spend the time necessary with her to practice the language on a regular basis. She learned, and she forgot. Now with this program, the language learning process is much easier for her and for me. For each unit, I will go through it once with her, ask her to identify the new words, and write down the new words for her (I taught her Chinese pinyin). Because of her age and her school homework, it usually takes her 2-3 days to master one unit (100 percent), then she goes to the next. I also speak with her in Chinese using the same vocabulary she learns in each unit to reinforce her learning. I notice that because of the regular practice, her listening comprehension is much better, and she speaks without accent. I spend less time teaching her but achieve much better results. I am impressed.

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