Chinese (Mandarin) Phase 4, Units 1-30

Chinese (Mandarin) Phase 4, Units 1-30

Learn to Speak and Understand Mandarin Chinese with Pimsleur Language Programs
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  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9781442369269
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Description

Includes 30 lessons and reading instruction (16 hours) as MP3 download, plus PDF user's guide and reading booklet

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.

Chinese (Mandarin) Phase 4, Units 1-30

A new 30-unit course designed to be completed after Mandarin Phase 3.

Thirty 30-minute lessons totaling 15 hours of spoken Mandarin language learning, plus one hour of Culture Notes. These Notes are designed to provide you with a deeper understanding of Chinese culture, as well as to expand upon topics discussed in the course.

Phase 4 builds upon skills taught in Pimsleur's Mandarin Phases 1-3. You'll be speaking and understanding Mandarin with near-fluency and with a broad range of conversational skills. In Phase 4 the pace and conversation moves more rapidly, accelerating exposure to new vocabulary and structures, and approaching native speed and comprehension.

You’ll learn to speak about your professional and personal life, needs, likes and dislikes, and to create complex sentences.

A few of the topics included in Chinese (Mandarin) Phase 4, Units 1-30

• Business: Ordering, shipping, and receiving bulk products for export, and discussing their costs and rates. Speaking with patients about their ailments and giving advice for treatment. Visiting warehouses and factories.

• Personal life: Discussing how you're feeling, marriage, relatives, Chinese zodiac signs, where you and your family are from and what they do, children, and pets.

• Activities: Getting a massage or acupuncture treatment, visiting car and horse racetracks, art museums, cultural sites, and ordering meals for yourself or a group in restaurants. Going for bike rides in the park, taking tours of historic sites, and discussing architecture and design.

• Food: Culinary differences between the North and South, sampling popular cuisine of restaurants and roadside vendors.

• Vacationing: Traveling and exploring with a tour guide, discussing the history of important and popular destination sites in China, visiting The Great Wall, gardens, teahouses, and sampling popular cuisine of restaurants and roadside vendors.

• Important Topics: Talking about allergies, likes and dislikes of food types and styles, animals, colors, temperatures, and cuisine.

• Understanding the Chinese: Learning cultural expressions and customs. Discussing Chinese social and economic policies. Exploring various pastimes of the young and old, such as Tai Chi, dancing on street corners, birdwalking in the park, bike riding, and more. Discussing the weather, the air quality and environmental concerns.

A User's Guide and Notes booklet are included as an audio and also as a PDF.

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Description

Includes 30 lessons and reading instruction (16 hours) as MP3 download, plus PDF user's guide and reading booklet

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.

Chinese (Mandarin) Phase 4, Units 1-30

A new 30-unit course designed to be completed after Mandarin Phase 3.

Thirty 30-minute lessons totaling 15 hours of spoken Mandarin language learning, plus one hour of Culture Notes. These Notes are designed to provide you with a deeper understanding of Chinese culture, as well as to expand upon topics discussed in the course.

Phase 4 builds upon skills taught in Pimsleur's Mandarin Phases 1-3. You'll be speaking and understanding Mandarin with near-fluency and with a broad range of conversational skills. In Phase 4 the pace and conversation moves more rapidly, accelerating exposure to new vocabulary and structures, and approaching native speed and comprehension.

You’ll learn to speak about your professional and personal life, needs, likes and dislikes, and to create complex sentences.

A few of the topics included in Chinese (Mandarin) Phase 4, Units 1-30

• Business: Ordering, shipping, and receiving bulk products for export, and discussing their costs and rates. Speaking with patients about their ailments and giving advice for treatment. Visiting warehouses and factories.

• Personal life: Discussing how you're feeling, marriage, relatives, Chinese zodiac signs, where you and your family are from and what they do, children, and pets.

• Activities: Getting a massage or acupuncture treatment, visiting car and horse racetracks, art museums, cultural sites, and ordering meals for yourself or a group in restaurants. Going for bike rides in the park, taking tours of historic sites, and discussing architecture and design.

• Food: Culinary differences between the North and South, sampling popular cuisine of restaurants and roadside vendors.

• Vacationing: Traveling and exploring with a tour guide, discussing the history of important and popular destination sites in China, visiting The Great Wall, gardens, teahouses, and sampling popular cuisine of restaurants and roadside vendors.

• Important Topics: Talking about allergies, likes and dislikes of food types and styles, animals, colors, temperatures, and cuisine.

• Understanding the Chinese: Learning cultural expressions and customs. Discussing Chinese social and economic policies. Exploring various pastimes of the young and old, such as Tai Chi, dancing on street corners, birdwalking in the park, bike riding, and more. Discussing the weather, the air quality and environmental concerns.

A User's Guide and Notes booklet are included as an audio and also as a PDF.

Need Help?

Call us with questions
(800) 831-5497

FAQ about Pimsleur

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5.0

More please - I love learning Mandarin

By Tania the addict

from Lismore, Australia

About Me Business person, Government employee, Traveler

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Chinese (Mandarin) Phase 4, Units 1-30:

    For the last 18 months I spend about 30-45 minutes each morning learning Mandarin the Pimsleur way, and have now completed all four phases. I find doing this keeps me sane and improves my thinking abilities. I can now converse with Chinese people, which allows me to spread my wings when I visit China each year. I love the way you teach (interactive, male & female voices, mix of content, contemporary content) and would love for you to offer Phase 5 asap.

    To speed-up my learning (help me revise), I keep track of all vocabularly in pinyin. This has been an interesting exercise, as forces me to think about how to set-out the different components of language. So, my suggestion would be for you to provide this documentation in future. Personally, I find this more helpful than the culture notes.

    I sincerely hope you can provide a Phase 5 Mandarin in 2014.

    thanks for your time and cheers

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Pimsleur Does It Again

    By Mandarin Rocks

    from Perth Australia

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Business/Work
      • Family background/Heritage
      • Just for fun
      • Self-improvement
      • Travel

      Comments about Chinese (Mandarin) Phase 4, Units 1-30:

      Awesome. Mandarin 4. I've been waiting a long time. I was living in
      china and mastered 1,2,3... kept emailing pimsleur asking when is 4 coming.
      Now it's here I'm very happy. It is much more advanced than 3. But in a subtle way.
      People attempting this should already have a solid background in mandarin.
      The speakers are great. The topics are great. And as it says, it very quickly progresses and demands knowledge of the language to continue. And the American speaker is used less and less and you are asked many questions in mandarin and then expected to respond in mandarin. It's great. Now I am no longer living in China this was great for inspiring and continuing my learning. Thanks Pimsleur.

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