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
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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

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  • It works (5)
  • Portable (5)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Perfects accent (4)
  • Fun (3)

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    Best Uses

    • Fun (4)
    • Business/work (3)
    • Self-improvement (3)
    • Travel (3)
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    5.0

    Happy with product

    By Frank

    from Philadelphia, PA

    About Me Business person

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • It Works
    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Just for fun

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

      Language is not my best ability. I took my time, writing out the vocabulary in Pinyin as I went, sometimes writing out the full dialogue of some lessons. Now, I'll go back and type the characters. I use an excel spreadsheet with columns for simplified, pinyin & English which provides an easy search. Perhaps my method is not perfect, but it works for me now.

       
      5.0

      Very helpful - please offer Level 5

      By NJ Prof

      from New Jersey

      About Me Traveler

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

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

          Having really enjoyed and benefited from Levels 1, 2, and 3, I was *very* happy when Level 4 came out after a long wait. I had done each of the lessons in the first three levels multiple times, so the new vocabulary (and a few new grammatical structures) were really welcome.

          Level 4 takes an interesting approach to introducing new words by moving their "story line" around to different cities and regions in China, introducing students to cultural ideas and practices (e.g., Chinese medicine), historical and modern sites (the Terracotta Army, Shanghai skyscrapers), food, etc.

          About 10-12 new words are taught each lesson and reinforced in the next 2-3 lessons, so I usually have to listen to each lesson 3 or 4 times before I am ready to go to the next one (That is NOT a criticism!). I will definitely go back to review the earlier lessons in Level 4 to help retain the vocabulary.

          I can now follow pretty large chunks of Mandarin conversation, and am able to talk about more than just the weather or ask where something is. My daughter-in-law is Shanghainese and teaches Mandarin at an American School, and is impressed by the Pimsleur curriculum. She says that my tones are better than most of her students', so thank you Pimsleur!

          Please, please produce Mandarin Level 5. I would buy it the day it comes out!

           
          5.0

          Methodical, Practical, Reliable

          By George L

          from Toronto, ON

          About Me Business person, Student, Traveler

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

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

            After completing all four 30-lesson modules of Pimsleur's Mandarin, I owe it to prospective buyers to let them know why I am happy to have bought and used this program. ___ I'm a native-English speaker who grew up in the country, and I never needed to speak another language. I studied several in university out of interest, but when I met my Taiwanese fiancée, I finally *needed* to learn a language. I tried several methods. Don't get me wrong: almost every method will convey something useful, but most self-study methods use the same old grammar-translation method I learned in Latin class: memorize some vocab, learn a grammar lesson, and translate some sentences. But when I wanted to order in restaurants, or really do anything other than repeat a specific sentence from a lesson in the other methods, I couldn't. I was really discouraged -- I didn't think Mandarin was going to work out. ___ I turned to Pimsleur because it was audio-only, something I could do in the car, since the lessons are 30 minutes long and I have a 40-minute commute either way to work. This method focuses on developing the ability to speak, listen, and interact in Mandarin environments. It reviews materials by combining review and new material into new conversations. And it's very carefully done: the authors make sure that, over time, the student reviews past material and incorporates it into new conversations. Although the lessons said that I could proceed with the next lesson if I felt I understood a lesson, I always did each lesson 2 or even 3 times -- not in a row but during my study time -- before proceeding. ___ And now here I am at the end of Mandarin IV. I don't exactly give lectures on philosophy in Mandarin, but I can say the following, honestly. First, because I'm around a lot of Mandarin speakers as I try speaking Mandarin, a lot of them say that my accent is actually quite good; the Pimsleur method does focus on pronunciation. Second, I can talk about a lot of daily issues, not just directions and food-ordering. I still need to learn all the names for various foods and drinks, but I can do the basics. Third, I can catch what my fiancée or others are saying to each other during conversations. It's not the end of the road, but it's one very significant start. Pimsleur's Mandarin modules really do work. The MP3 versions are affordable and well-worth the price. The other methods might be useful for review, but not for learning. My honest opinion is this: if you like learning languages, or need to learn Mandarin -- either way -- treat yourself to Pimsleur. As for me, I just wish there were a Mandarin 5, 6, 7 .... --George.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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

              (3 of 4 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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