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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Description

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 37 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • It works (34)
  • Portable (31)
  • Easy to use (30)
  • Perfects accent (22)
  • Fun (17)

Cons

  • No writing component (10)
  • Too fast (5)

Best Uses

  • Travel (23)
  • Business/work (21)
  • Self-improvement (21)
  • Fun (13)
  • Family background/heritage (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Traveler (21), Business person (20), 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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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5.0

This system has really worked for me

By Jay

from Maine

About Me Business person, Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Business/Work
    • Travel

    Comments about Pimsleur Chinese (Mandarin) Level 1 MP3:

    Very simple to use, the method works!

    Service and delivery comments:

    I downloaded the mp3 and all came through fine.

     
    5.0

    It just works!

    By Jim

    from Denville, New Jersey

    About Me Business person, Traveler

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun
    • It Works
    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Business/Work
      • Travel

      Comments about Pimsleur Chinese (Mandarin) Level 1 MP3:

      I'm too busy to learn Mandarin as I prepare for an extended business trip to China. Fortunately that doesn't matter with these recordings. I put the Mandarin Level 1 mp3s onto my SmartPhone and listen to them whenever I'm driving, doing errands or working around the house. The memory reinforcement techniques are incredible - I'm amazed how much vocabulary and sentence structure I know. Here's a tip - everyone walks around talking to their smartphones these days, so no one will look askance at you interacting with the course and answering all the prompts while you're out doing errands.

      Service and delivery comments:

      I ordered them online and had them downloaded within minutes. Hung Hao! (Excellent)

       
      5.0

      Hong Kong vacation!

      By Happy Linguist!

      from Roselle, New Jersey

      About Me Traveler

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to use
      • It Works

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family background/Heritage
        • Self-improvement
        • Travel

        Comments about Pimsleur Chinese (Mandarin) Level 1 MP3:

        I purchased this program having never heard the language live. I have a daughter and her family living in Hong Kong. I am planning a visit with them and wanted to have some knowledge of the Chinese language. This course has done wonders for me. I have learned to understand and speak Chinese! This is amazing! When I return from my visit I will continue learning this language further. Since this course is easy to follow I plan to expand my language skills with other languages! I have already recommended this program to my brother who is learning to speak Italian!

         
        4.0

        useful and efficient

        By Wei Ceng You

        from France

        About Me teacher, Traveler

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to use
        • Feels you improve rather rapidly
        • It Works
        • Portable

        Cons

        • No writing component

        Best Uses

        • Travel

        Comments about Pimsleur Chinese (Mandarin) Level 1 MP3:

        This is a very useful method i'd say, one should not forget that progression is not linear and you sometimes need some time to "digest" the lessons.
        I listen to the same half hour lesson to go to and back from my work place and it fills a moment of free time usefully.
        The pattern of the sentences so far makes one induce the structures of chinese sentences and their logic which means one can build up new sentences fairly easily.
        However I am not so sure about the pronunciation. Although I try to stick as much as possible to what I actually hear I realize that some sounds are difficult for me to pronunce correctly. I guess my going to china next september will put me to the test.
        As an overall experience I'd say the method actually works insofar as learning the language is concerned and I'd recommend it.
        Oh and I still don't see the point in not giving script because it would actually help to recognize the charecters efficiently to. It would also be a useful learning addition for more visual learners. Making scripts available does mnot necessarily mean we'd use them systematically but at some point after listening to the lessons script would definitely be a plus....

        Service and delivery comments:

        online service with no flaw

         
        3.0

        Excellent for practicing the tones in Mandarin

        By Vocal's companion

        from Almen, Netherlands

        About Me Traveler

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to use
        • Perfects Accent

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Travel

          Comments about Pimsleur Chinese (Mandarin) Level 1 MP3:

          Used the first series of lessons for practicing the tones.

          Service and delivery comments:

          Donwloaded without problems.

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