Chinese (Mandarin) I-IV

Chinese (Mandarin) I-IV

Learn to Speak and Understand Mandarin Chinese with Pimsleur Language Programs
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  • Lessons: 120
  • ISBN: 9780743557856
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120 lessons on CD, plus 4 hours of notes

Over one billion people speak Chinese. The two most common dialects are Mandarin and Cantonese. They are not mutually intelligible. Mandarin is the official language in Mainland China, Taiwan, and Singapore. The Mandarin dialect is used in most Chinese schools, and in most TV programs, movies, and radio stations throughout the country, even in Guangzhou (formerly Canton), where people speak Cantonese in their daily lives. Mandarin is one of the five official languages of the United Nations.

The Pimsleur® Method has worked for millions all over the world. Totally portable; simple to use; Pimsleur works so you don’t have to. This complete Chinese (Mandarin) course includes all of Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4 – 60 hours of spoken language practice and 4 hours of culture notes. With this product you start from zero, learning first survival phrases and vocabulary, and eventually progressing to a high-intermediate level of speaking and understanding Mandarin. By level 4 you will be confidently using a broad range of conversational language skills with near-native pronunciation. Every lesson contains an introductory conversation and isolated vocabulary and structures, as well as full practice of all vocabulary introduced. The emphasis is on pronunciation and comprehension, and on learning to speak Mandarin.

At the completion of this course, you’ll speak confidently using your wide-ranging vocabulary, and experience the language and culture with a deepening insight into a new world. Culture Notes are included at the end of Unit 30 for each level. Totaling about four hours, these Notes are designed to provide you with background information on the language and insight into the culture. A User's Guide and Notes booklet are included as an audio and also as a PDF.

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Description

120 lessons on CD, plus 4 hours of notes

Over one billion people speak Chinese. The two most common dialects are Mandarin and Cantonese. They are not mutually intelligible. Mandarin is the official language in Mainland China, Taiwan, and Singapore. The Mandarin dialect is used in most Chinese schools, and in most TV programs, movies, and radio stations throughout the country, even in Guangzhou (formerly Canton), where people speak Cantonese in their daily lives. Mandarin is one of the five official languages of the United Nations.

The Pimsleur® Method has worked for millions all over the world. Totally portable; simple to use; Pimsleur works so you don’t have to. This complete Chinese (Mandarin) course includes all of Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4 – 60 hours of spoken language practice and 4 hours of culture notes. With this product you start from zero, learning first survival phrases and vocabulary, and eventually progressing to a high-intermediate level of speaking and understanding Mandarin. By level 4 you will be confidently using a broad range of conversational language skills with near-native pronunciation. Every lesson contains an introductory conversation and isolated vocabulary and structures, as well as full practice of all vocabulary introduced. The emphasis is on pronunciation and comprehension, and on learning to speak Mandarin.

At the completion of this course, you’ll speak confidently using your wide-ranging vocabulary, and experience the language and culture with a deepening insight into a new world. Culture Notes are included at the end of Unit 30 for each level. Totaling about four hours, these Notes are designed to provide you with background information on the language and insight into the culture. A User's Guide and Notes booklet are included as an audio and also as a PDF.

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      5.0

      The Best Way to Start Chinese

      By Pogodian

      from Guangxi, China

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to use
      • Fun
      • It Works
      • Portable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family background/Heritage
        • Self-improvement
        • Travel

        Comments about Chinese (Mandarin) Phases 1-4:

        I live in China but after over four years of trying to learn enough Chinese to live using adhoc methods, I had learned considerable vocabulary but really had practically no conversational ability. My family is Chinese but they are truly not good at helping me with learning. Enter Pimsleur, after many unsuccessful attempts using Rosetta Stone. I spent at least 400 hours on an old version of the program which had three parts, repeating it over and over and then trying things out with my family. Within 6 months, I could move about in China with some confidence on my own. Therefore, I then purchased the new version of Mandarin I-IV. I am now doing that series - it's too easy in many ways, but I need repetition. I estimate I'll spend 9 months on Pimsleur total and even later use the more advanced lessons for review. The best part is ability to conveniently use on my cellphone. I do 2-3 lessons daily at the gym this way. I've got a long, long ways to go with Chinese, but Pimsleur gave me the critical mass and confidence to really start learning.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A Great Program

        By Chinese Cowboy

        from Wyoming

        About Me Business person

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Business/Work
          • Self-improvement

          Comments about Chinese (Mandarin) Phases 1-4:

          I lived in China for some years and so have used other programs. This is the best I have done so far. Too many course focus on speaking, listening, reading, and writing. That is far too much. Pimsleur is just speaking and listening. The 30-minute-a-day lessons are perfect, and the repetition trains my brain. I find myself answering the questions automatically. Great program!

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          5.0

          Mandarin is easy with this course

          By Dan engineer

          from Buena Park, CA

          About Me Business person

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Business/Work

            Comments about Chinese (Mandarin) Phases 1-4:

            I've used several Pimsleur language products, along with products from other companies. The common wisdom among those who have a need to learn multiple languages is, get Pimsleur first to get good pronunciation, then use other products to expand vocabulary. In the case of this Mandarin course, it will turn out to be the easiest language learning experience you will have. I'm only part way through the first part, and already intercepting full sentences spoken in my mixed language workplace. And mandarin is a good choice if you're picking just for fun, because there are no plurals, no verb conjugation, word order isn't as important as in other languages, and complex combinations in other languages turn out to be an easy word with a tack on. Chinese is truly about the easiest language I've learned. (As long as you don't learn to write it).

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