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4.8

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      5.0

      excellent way to learn language

      By sally

      from cambridge, ma

      About Me Traveler

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • No writing component

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Chinese (Man) Phases 1-2:

      I am going to Shanghai next fall and want to learn some Mandarin. This program is very easy to follow.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Pimsleur Chinese Works!

      By Ron

      from NYC

      About Me Business person

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Business/Work
        • Self-improvement

        Comments about Chinese (Man) Phases 1-2:

        it's easy

        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        It's the best.

        By Jack

        from Boulder Co

        Comments about Chinese (Man) Phases 1-2:

        I own Madarin Chinese I, II and III. I've been listening to these for years while I bike ride during my lunch break. Honestly... my Chinese and my pronounciation is quite good, just from listening to these CD's. Why am I writing the review? I emailed Pimsulur and asked them to please make volume IV. They told me that perhaps I should write a review to make my experience public, which could help increase demand. So let me state it clearly: I love Pimsuleur and I will be the first to buy Mandarin IV if and when it is released.

        Sincerely,
        Jack K.
        Boulder, CO

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent program - highly recommended

        By Chris

        from Danbury, CT

        About Me Business person

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        Pros

        • Builds logically
        • Generally useful phrases
        • Lessons well structured
        • Multiple speakersaccents
        • Perfects Accent
        • Portable
        • Self-paced

        Cons

        • Listening not as stressed
        • No level 4
        • No reading or writing

        Best Uses

        • Self-improvement
        • Travel

        Comments about Chinese (Man) Phases 1-2:

        I listen to a lesson every day on my way into work. I love that I don't have to find a dedicated 30 minutes on my personal time to begin learning Mandarin (since I have to commute anyway), but I'm realizing that to take it to the next level I will have to take that step. This is the right way to be introduced to the language though before too much "studying" is required. I'm just finishing level 2 now, and will be purchasing level 3. The key is to go through a lesson almost every day - twice during the program I took a week off, and the re-entry was harder than I expected. They do a great job of having both a male and a female speak during the lessons so that you can hear what the same word in a different pitch sounds like, and I like that the speakers both also have slightly different pronunciations (maybe one is from the north and one from the south?) which helps one to get a sense of the "range" of what the word sounds like. All the phrases are basic travel/tourist phrases so far ("I'd like to order a beer", "I can speak a little mandarin", "It's a quarter before eight", "go straight then take a left") but they're what you'd want to know if you were travelling, so they've chosen the most useful. I considered docking a star because I'm now much better at coming up with the Mandarin words for a thought than I am interpreting the conversations at the beginning of each lesson, but there's no way to really test for comprehension so I understand why they don't emphasize it more. As a result though I think my listening skills are proportionately less developed than my speaking skills. I've also come to realize that I'm developing my communication skills, but I have no capacity to read or write the language which will be a significant barrier if I travel there and haven't supplemented this course with outside learning. I've also been listening to Chinapod on iTunes as others had suggested, and while that's more advanced Mandarin than these lessons, I do pick up words and phrases here and there and it's rewarding to have a general sense of what they're trying to communicate. I listen to each Pimsleur module twice in a row before moving on, and once I finish level 2 I'm going to go back to the very beginning again and just go through each of them once more before starting level 3. Sometimes a lesson will feel like they're throwing a lot of new vocabulary at me and I sometimes get confused, but I still listen to the rest of the lesson trying to pick up what I can, which makes the repeat tomorrow much easier. I just re-listen to any module that gives me trouble until I hit the 80% success mark, and being able to replay them at my own pace is a terrific benefit of the courses. I debated between this and other programs, but I didn't want to have to sit in front of my computer or dedicate 30 minutes to this topic until I was sure I wanted to make that commitment, so for me this was an ideal solution. I think it's a terrific product, I've really enjoyed using it, and would recommend it to others. I'm now strongly considering buying their Spanish language lessons since I took two years of it in high school but could really use a refresher.

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