Pimsleur Chinese (Mandarin) Level 1 MP3

Pimsleur Chinese (Mandarin) Level 1 MP3

Learn to Speak and Understand Mandarin Chinese with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • This Edition: MP3 ( Also available in: CD )
  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9781442316034
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  • List Price: $119.95

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Description

Includes 30 lessons as MP3 download (16 hrs), plus a User’s Guide and Culture Notes Booklet

The 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? For Americans, it’s perceived as a difficult language to learn, but 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 Culture Notes to provide you some insight into Mandarin Chinese culture
- In total, 16 hours of audio, all featuring native speakers
- a Culture 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 Culture 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
- Lessons can be downloaded using the Pimsleur Course Manager App for iPad, iPhone and Android devices, and Mac or Windows computers, or
- Lessons can be downloaded as a zip file for use in iTunes or Windows Media Player.
- All purchased courses are backed up in your Pimsleur.com cloud-based digital library account.
- Lessons can be played on your iPod or any MP3 player.
- The Pimsleur Course Manager App can be installed on several devices for personal use only.
- Lessons are non-DRM (Digital Rights Management) MP3 files and can be copied onto a CD or DVD for playing in a CD/DVD player.

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PimsleurChinese (Man) Phase 1, Units 1-30
 
4.5

(based on 30 reviews)

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Pros

  • It works (28)
  • Portable (26)
  • Easy to use (24)
  • Perfects accent (19)
  • Fun (14)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Self-improvement (18)
  • Business/work (17)
  • Travel (16)
  • Fun (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Business person (18), Traveler (16), Student (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Amazing

Instead of listening to music or a talk show on my 30 minute commute home, I listened to one 30 minute lesson until the set was completed. I am amazed to find that I...Read complete review

Instead of listening to music or a talk show on my 30 minute commute home, I listened to one 30 minute lesson until the set was completed. I am amazed to find that I have learned more Mandarin in 30 days than all the Spanish I learned from my entire first year in high school. Not only did I learn more but it comes so much more naturally compared to trying to use what I learned of Spanish from the traditional teaching methods. In high school I really wanted to learn spanish but even after my second year of it I saw that I did not know enough for it to be of any use so I elected to also take the advanced spanish courses for the last two year totalling 4 years of formal spanish language instruction. After 4 years of that I was only able to communicate at a very basic level and it still did not come very naturally. After I completed the first Pimsleur Mandarin set of 30 lessons I immediately purchased the next two and have now completed those also. I have learned more Mandarin from the Pimsleur system in 90 days than all the Spanish I learned from those 4 years by the traditional system. Not only have I learned more but speaking it comes naturally and I can understand a lot more when hearing people speak. When learning any language it is best to find someone that speaks the language you are studying and even though it might feel awkward at first, it really helps to try communicating. After completing the first set I was able to communicate with the staff of various chinese owned/operated businesses and they were surprised to see how well I spoke. The descriptions of each set are pretty accurate with the first being the basic set, the second being more and the third being even more. The best part about this system is that you get the foundational structure of the language along with some decent vocabulary from the first set and the following sets build on that foundation with more vocabulary as well as some advanced stuctures. It is well worth doing all three instead of just the basic, you will get so much more vocabulary but even just the basic package will blow you away. There really is no downside to this system. After learning the spoken form of this language I found that I can read the romanized written form also. My 30 minute commute time was much more productive with this system. Now that I have finished Mandarin I am going to keep using my commute time to learn another language! Thank you Dr. Pimsleur and thank you to the Simon and Schuster Team!!

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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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I am satisfied, that I bought this cours

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from St. Augustine

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  • It Works

Cons

  • No writing component
  • Too Fast

Best Uses

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

    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.

    (4 of 4 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 Chinese (Man) Phase 1, Units 1-30:

      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 9 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 Chinese (Man) Phase 1, Units 1-30:

      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...

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Learning while Walking

      By Norma the Language Enthusiast

      from Westminster, CA

      About Me Retiree

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      Pros

      • Easy to use
      • Fun
      • It Works
      • Portable

      Cons

      • No Reading Component

      Best Uses

      • Just for fun
      • Self-improvement

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

      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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      5.0

      Great way to learn a language!!

      By Peter

      from Miami, FL

      About Me Business person

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      Pros

      • Easy to use
      • It Works
      • Portable

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        Best Uses

        • Business/Work

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

        I only have good things to say about Pimsleur.
        It is my second language using this method. I find the method to be realistic, thoughtful, and most importantly .....effective.
        My colleagues and friends, who are Chinese, laugh at my progress, but at around lesson 5-6, vocabulary increases and am able to begin to pick up bits and pieces of conversations.
        Of course along the way, I learn a word or two, but I actually find that if someone wants to help me with a new phrase...it messes me up.
        Want to stick with Pimsleur to the end of all the courses.

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