Pimsleur Chinese (Mandarin) Level 1 CD

Pimsleur Chinese (Mandarin) Level 1 CD

Learn to Speak and Understand Mandarin Chinese with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • This Edition: CD ( Also available in: MP3 )
  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9780671790615
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  • List Price: $345.00

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Includes 30 lessons and Notes on 16 CDs (16 hrs), plus Notes Booklet and User’s Guide.

The Easiest and Fastest Way to Learn Mandarin Chinese
Did you know that Mandarin Chinese is the world’s most widely spoken language with over one billion native speakers? Once you get the basics down, you’ll be surprised how quickly you’re able to begin speaking it. And even knowing a little bit of the language will make travel to China far easier, and much more fun. Whether your goal is to travel, communicate with friends or colleagues, reconnect with family, or just understand more of what’s going on in the world around you, learning to speak Mandarin Chinese will expand your horizons and immeasurably enrich your life.

The best part is that it doesn’t have to be difficult or take years to master. Thirty minutes a day is all it takes, and we get you speaking right from the first day. Pimsleur courses use a scientifically proven method that puts you in control of your learning. If you’ve tried other language learning methods but found they simply didn’t stick, then you owe it to yourself to give Pimsleur a try.

Why Pimsleur?
- Quick + Easy – Only 30 minutes a day.
- Portable + Flexible – Core lessons can be done anytime, anywhere, and easily fit into your busy life.
- Proven Method – Works when other methods fail.
- Self-Paced – Go fast or go slow – it’s up to you.
- Based in Science – Developed using proven research on memory and learning.
- Cost-effective – Less expensive than classes or immersion, and features all native speakers.
- Genius – Triggers your brain’s natural aptitude to learn.
- Works for everyone – Recommended for ages 13 and above.

What’s Included?
- 30, 30-minute audio lessons
- 60 minutes of recorded Notes to provide you some insight into Mandarin Chinese culture
- In total, 16 hours of audio, all featuring native speakers
- a Notes Booklet and a User’s Guide

What You’ll Learn
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. In this level, more directions are given in the Mandarin Chinese 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. You’ll be able to speak comfortably about things that happened in the past and make plans for the future.

One hour of recorded Cultural Notes are included at the end of Lesson 30. These notes are designed to provide you with some insight into Mandarin Chinese culture. A Notes booklet is also included.

The Pimsleur Method
We make no secret of what makes this powerful method work so well. Paul Pimsleur spent his career researching and perfecting the precise elements anyone can use to learn a language quickly and easily. Here are a few of his “secrets”:

The Principle of Anticipation
In the nanosecond between a cue and your response, your brain has to work to come up with the right word. Having to do this boosts retention, and cements the word in your mind.

Core Vocabulary
Words, phrases, and sentences are selected for their usefulness in everyday conversation. We don’t overwhelm you with too much, but steadily increase your ability with every lesson.

Graduated Interval Recall
Reminders of new words and structures come up at the exact interval for maximum retention and storage into your long-term memory.

Organic Learning
You work on multiple aspects of the language simultaneously. We integrate grammar, vocabulary, rhythm, melody, and intonation into every lesson, which allows you to experience the language as a living, expressive form of human culture.

Learning in Context
Research has shown that learning new words in context dramatically accelerates your ability to remember. Every scene in every Pimsleur lesson is set inside a conversation between two people. There are no drills, and no memorization necessary for success.

Active Participation
The Pimsleur Method + active learner participation = success. This method works with every language and every learner who follows it. You gain the power to recall and use what you know, and to add new words easily, exactly as you do in English.

The Mandarin Chinese Language
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 six official languages of the United Nations.

Tech Talk
- CDs are formatted for playing in all CD players, including car players, and users can copy files for use in iTunes or Windows Media Player.

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REVIEWS SUMMARY

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Pimsleur Chinese (Mandarin) Level 1 MP3
 
4.5

(based on 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • It works (29)
  • Portable (27)
  • Easy to use (25)
  • Perfects accent (19)
  • Fun (15)

Cons

  • No writing component (9)
  • Too fast (5)

Best Uses

  • Self-improvement (19)
  • Business/work (18)
  • Travel (17)
  • Fun (12)
  • Family background/heritage (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Business person (18), Traveler (16), Student (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Amazing Results - Requires Repeated Use + Supplementary Info

I am absolutely delighted with my experience of Pimsleur so far. I have spent more than a hundred hours making use of Pimsleur's Mandarin Unit 1 (lessons 1 through 30) and it has...Read complete review

I am absolutely delighted with my experience of Pimsleur so far. I have spent more than a hundred hours making use of Pimsleur's Mandarin Unit 1 (lessons 1 through 30) and it has been good fun and satisfying, although it has taken me slightly more than a hundred hours of practice to feel completely confident moving on to unit 2. Prior to Pimsleur I would never have believed that I could fit enough lessons into my schedule to achieve a working knowledge of Mandarin Chinese, above all because of the difficulty of learning "tones". With Pimsleur MP3s, I can "attend class" anywhere I choose and whenever I choose, with no time wasted on travel or waiting, while getting other things done at the same time – chores around the house, physical exercise and so forth. On top of that, the lessons are relatively engaging and fun, and really well-crafted according to basically sound principles. As a result, they really work.

I am in my 30s and had a very tiny head-start with Mandarin due to a basic level of prior knowledge of Japanese (which has incorporated some vocabulary from Chinese). While using Pimsleur, I have had to look up some information on "tone sandhi" online, and I have used Google Translate to check the tones and "sibilants" used in some words from the Pin Yin spelling (the sounds written "sh" and "x" in Pin Yin can be hard to tell apart, and the sounds written "zh" and "j" are virtually impossible to distinguish from each other, likewise "ch" and "q" - Pimsleur unit 1 gives the correct pronunciation of words, but does not comment on this aspect at all).

The vocabulary presented in lessons 1 through 30 is necessarily narrow. I see that as a feature rather than a bug; my experience of learning other languages without Pimsleur has definitely left me with the belief that the key thing at the beginning is to practice with a narrow vocabulary.

I personally think that learning via a Pimsleur CD or MP3 offers a far better language-learning experience than classroom-based learning can (even with an excellent teacher). For new learners, I think that a Pimsleur course is probably the absolute best thing available.
I would definitely recommend using a portable MP3 player (iPod or whatever) and the digitally downloaded version, rather than the CDs.

Another customer review mentions the use of the term "Guo Yu" for Mandarin and I note the merchant response that this term is not used in the new edition. However I do recall it being introduced as an alternative term for Mandarin in one of the lessons with no mention of potential political sensitivity although it is mentioned that it is not the term used in mainland China. Perhaps this needs to be addressed further.

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I am satisfied, that I bought this cours

Chinese course Pimsleur is very demanding, because Chinese is not related to any other language, which I have learned. It is difficult to be sure about sounds, when there is not any...Read complete review

Chinese course Pimsleur is very demanding, because Chinese is not related to any other language, which I have learned. It is difficult to be sure about sounds, when there is not any text. Intonation is A&O and very difficult to remember (I am 82 years of age). Text with IPA pronunciation system would be of big help.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Results - Requires Repeated Use + Supplementary Info

By Matt the Lawyer

from England

About Me Hobbyist

Pros

  • Convenient
  • Easy to use
  • Fun
  • Great Results
  • Helps Get Chores Done
  • It Works
  • Portable

Cons

  • Sibilants Not Explained
  • Tone Sandhi Need Extra

Best Uses

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

Comments about Pimsleur Chinese (Mandarin) Level 1 MP3:

I am absolutely delighted with my experience of Pimsleur so far. I have spent more than a hundred hours making use of Pimsleur's Mandarin Unit 1 (lessons 1 through 30) and it has been good fun and satisfying, although it has taken me slightly more than a hundred hours of practice to feel completely confident moving on to unit 2. Prior to Pimsleur I would never have believed that I could fit enough lessons into my schedule to achieve a working knowledge of Mandarin Chinese, above all because of the difficulty of learning "tones". With Pimsleur MP3s, I can "attend class" anywhere I choose and whenever I choose, with no time wasted on travel or waiting, while getting other things done at the same time – chores around the house, physical exercise and so forth. On top of that, the lessons are relatively engaging and fun, and really well-crafted according to basically sound principles. As a result, they really work.

I am in my 30s and had a very tiny head-start with Mandarin due to a basic level of prior knowledge of Japanese (which has incorporated some vocabulary from Chinese). While using Pimsleur, I have had to look up some information on "tone sandhi" online, and I have used Google Translate to check the tones and "sibilants" used in some words from the Pin Yin spelling (the sounds written "sh" and "x" in Pin Yin can be hard to tell apart, and the sounds written "zh" and "j" are virtually impossible to distinguish from each other, likewise "ch" and "q" - Pimsleur unit 1 gives the correct pronunciation of words, but does not comment on this aspect at all).

The vocabulary presented in lessons 1 through 30 is necessarily narrow. I see that as a feature rather than a bug; my experience of learning other languages without Pimsleur has definitely left me with the belief that the key thing at the beginning is to practice with a narrow vocabulary.

I personally think that learning via a Pimsleur CD or MP3 offers a far better language-learning experience than classroom-based learning can (even with an excellent teacher). For new learners, I think that a Pimsleur course is probably the absolute best thing available.
I would definitely recommend using a portable MP3 player (iPod or whatever) and the digitally downloaded version, rather than the CDs.

Another customer review mentions the use of the term "Guo Yu" for Mandarin and I note the merchant response that this term is not used in the new edition. However I do recall it being introduced as an alternative term for Mandarin in one of the lessons with no mention of potential political sensitivity although it is mentioned that it is not the term used in mainland China. Perhaps this needs to be addressed further.

Service and delivery comments:

Instead of just having one English-speaking tutor and two native speakers, consider this alternative. Stick to using only native speakers to say the Mandarin phrases (definitely!), but use two English-speaking actors (one male, one female) for English-language phrases intended to be translated by the learner, so that the tutor/narrator speaks only to give guidance/explanation and to set the scene for dialogue. This way you can omit phrases such as "how would you say" or "tell her that..." (as the learner will recognise the actors' voices and automatically respond with an attempt at translation), which might then allow more content to be fitted into the lessons within the 30-minute preferred duration. This additional time could be used for explanation of the tone sandhi and possibly to comment on the different sibilants.

It would also be good to have computer software which for each lesson of each unit of the Pimsleur audio courses gave the learner the words new to that unit, their meaning in context, the pronunciation of those words [and of the context] (as audio content), the simplified and traditional Chinese characters for those words (with an animated graphic showing how to draw them, especially the order and direction of the pen-strokes) and the Pin Yin spelling of them.

At a minimum, Pimsleur should provide a written vocabulary list for each lesson of each unit, listing for each item of vocabulary its meaning, the Pin Yin spelling, the simplified and traditional Chinese characters and the point in time during the recording of the lesson when each item of vocabulary is introduced. This should be in searchable electronic format. That way people can look up words to check details.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

I am satisfied, that I bought this cours

By no nickname

from St. Augustine

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • It Works

Cons

  • No writing component
  • Too Fast

Best Uses

    Comments about Pimsleur Chinese (Mandarin) Level 1 MP3:

    Chinese course Pimsleur is very demanding, because Chinese is not related to any other language, which I have learned. It is difficult to be sure about sounds, when there is not any text. Intonation is A&O and very difficult to remember (I am 82 years of age). Text with IPA pronunciation system would be of big help.

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    THIS WORKS!

    By Zhuhai One

    from Zhuhai, GZ, China

    About Me Business person, Traveler

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Business/Work
      • Self-improvement
      • Travel

      Comments about Pimsleur Chinese (Mandarin) Level 1 MP3:

      I simply listen to a new lesson everyday, and try to spend extra time listening to previous lessons as time permits. I've tried many methods before (Rosetta Stone, self-study, 1x1 sessions with a teacher…), and nothing has helped me retain as much as the Pimsleur method.

      (3 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Only because I was asked to

      By Toto

      from Charleston , SC

      About Me Traveler

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Perfects Accent
      • Portable

      Cons

      • Too Fast

      Best Uses

      • Business/Work

      Comments about Pimsleur Chinese (Mandarin) Level 1 MP3:

      I was looking at visiting Taiwan for a year, but it did not happen. The job fell through unexpectedly so I lost the enthusiam to finish the course. So take my words for what they're worth. Learning Mandarin did not come as easily to me as the other languages I learned did, have. I do believe in this company and they make good products, but in this course the words quickly sound the same so total immersion is for me going to be the only way I learn Mandarin. Hopefully this Pimsleur course will provide some bridge when that time comes...

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Learning while Walking

      By Norma the Language Enthusiast

      from Westminster, CA

      About Me Retiree

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to use
      • Fun
      • It Works
      • Portable

      Cons

      • No Reading Component

      Best Uses

      • Just for fun
      • Self-improvement

      Comments about Pimsleur Chinese (Mandarin) Level 1 MP3:

      When I take my daily walk, I listen to a unit on my MP3 player. I have to repeat each unit various times before I am ready to move on. Chinese is difficult because it is very different from English and from the other languages that I have studied (Spanish, German, and Hebrew). I gave it five stars even though I wish it had a reading component because I knew that Chinese did not have a reading component when I purchased it and because having a reading component for non-phonetic languages would be difficult.

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