Pimsleur Chinese (Mandarin) Level 2 CD

Pimsleur Chinese (Mandarin) Level 2 CD

Learn to Speak and Understand Mandarin Chinese with Pimsleur Language Programs

  • Format: CD ( Also available in: MP3 )
  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9780743506618
  • Availability: In Stock: Usually ships within 1 business day
  • 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 Chinese culture
- In total, 16 hours of audio, all featuring native speakers
- a Notes Booklet and User’s Guide

What You’ll Learn
Builds upon skills taught in Pimsleur’s Mandarin Chinese Level 1.

In the first 10 lessons you’ll begin using the past tense. Structures become more complex and informal speech is introduced. Soon you’ll take part in conversations about ordering meals, shopping, and local tourist attractions. As you progress, your fluency will increase as your vocabulary expands.

The next 10 lessons will allow you to further combine and build upon known elements, and produce longer and more complex sentences. You’ll be discussing business and social activities, expressing your interests, and talking about the weather.

In the final 10 lessons you’ll double your vocabulary and have several hundred structures to draw upon. You’ll learn to express yourself with relative structures – faster, slower, etc. You’ll be able to ask for assistance in many situations and to ask for directions to various locations. You’ll explore sports and leisure activities, manage changing money and banking, and discuss travel plans. By the end of the program, you’ll be speaking at a mid-intermediate level with near-native pronunciation, and you’ll be comfortable meeting most social demands and limited job requirements.

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 Chinese culture. A Notes booklet is also included with your download.

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 2 MP3
 
4.5

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (18)
  • It works (17)
  • Portable (17)
  • Perfects accent (14)
  • Fun (9)

Cons

  • No writing component (7)
  • Pricey / poor value (4)
  • Too fast (3)

Best Uses

  • Self-improvement (15)
  • Travel (12)
  • Business/work (9)
  • Fun (7)
  • Family background/heritage (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Business person (10), Traveler (7), Student (3)

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5.0

It works

By TravellingMan

from Hong Kong

About Me Business person

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Expensive
  • No writing component

Best Uses

  • Business/Work
  • Travel

Comments about Pimsleur Chinese (Mandarin) Level 2 MP3:

I have studied languages in intensive government funded full time courses previously. If you don't have time for that level of intensive face to face instruction, Pimsleur on iPhone is the next best thing. It's very effective at getting you to a level where you can actually communicate.

Service and delivery comments:

All Ok

 
5.0

Brilliant product!

By Margaret

from Haywards Heath, West Sussex, UK

About Me Retired teacher with several Chinese friends.

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Expensive
  • No writing component
  • Some phrases are old-fashioned.

Best Uses

  • Self-improvement
  • Understand the Chinese people and culture.

Comments about Pimsleur Chinese (Mandarin) Level 2 MP3:

I copied the lessons to CDs, so that I could listen comfortably on my good quality Hi-fi player. Having listened once, and after checking and finding the characters for the vocabulary, I then transfer the CD to the car. After that, I listen again last thing at night on my bedside CD player.
I love the way that the vocabulary, phrases and sentences are built up, along with the many reminders of what was learned earlier in subsequent lessons. My Chinese friend is very impressed with my new fluency. Also, I am 72, at a time of life when learning to speak a language is no easy task!

Service and delivery comments:

Yes because it was downloaded from an email.

 
5.0

I just love it.

By DispatchDonald

from Woodbridge, VA

About Me Local government employee

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Business/Work
    • Just for fun
    • Self-improvement
    • Travel

    Comments about Pimsleur Chinese (Mandarin) Level 2 MP3:

    I enjoyed level 1 so much that I moved right on up to level 2. I plan to move on up to level 3 as soon as I finish level 2. I use it ore than any other language tool.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Dated

    By jiào Daryl

    from South Bend, IN

    About Me Business person

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • Portable

    Cons

    • Culture Notes Are Dated

    Best Uses

    • Business/Work
    • Travel

    Comments about Pimsleur Chinese (Mandarin) Level 2 MP3:

    Having an index to find words introduced in each lesson would be helpful.

    Service and delivery comments:

    Culture notes need to be updated. Seem to have been record around 2001-2002. Much has changed since then. In the language portion, terms for email and texting would be more topical than mail.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Very Good, Could be Better

    By CaptainJack

    from Boca Raton, FL

    About Me Business person

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • No Included Dictionary
    • No Verbal Dictionary
    • Too Fast

    Best Uses

    • Business/Work
    • Self-improvement

    Comments about Pimsleur Chinese (Mandarin) Level 2 MP3:

    no problems

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