Pimsleur Chinese (Mandarin) Level 2 CD

Pimsleur Chinese (Mandarin) Level 2 CD

Learn to Speak and Understand Mandarin Chinese with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • This Edition: 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 Culture Notes on 16 CDs (16 hrs), plus Culture 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? 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 Chinese culture
- In total, 16 hours of audio, all featuring native speakers
- a Culture 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 Culture 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
 
4.4

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (9)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (14)
  • It works (14)
  • Portable (13)
  • Perfects accent (11)
  • Fun (7)

Cons

  • No writing component (5)
  • Too fast (3)

Best Uses

  • Self-improvement (13)
  • Travel (9)
  • Business/work (6)
  • Fun (6)
  • Family background/heritage (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Business person (8), Traveler (7), Student (3)

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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

 
4.0

Natural Progression

By Scuba Diver

from Honolulu, HI

About Me Business person

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • No Reference Book

Best Uses

  • Business/Work
  • Family background/Heritage
  • Travel

Comments about Pimsleur Chinese (Mandarin) Level 2 MP3:

I listen to the program while driving to and from my office. 30-minute program is just right in volume and the courses are well designed to progress naturally.
Since I am Japanese and familiar with Chinese characters, I wish I could have a reference book describing Chinese characters as they appear in each course so that I can
more easily remember Chinese vocabulary.

 
4.0

Delivers, but needs text backup

By Mandarin explorer

from Atlanta, GA

About Me Business person

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • It Works
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Just for fun
    • Self-improvement
    • Travel

    Comments about Pimsleur Chinese (Mandarin) Level 2 MP3:

    Pimsleur system is approachable, fun and delivers personal success. Good as primary or supplemental study. Tones in Mandarin can be a challenge, but Pimsleur handles them well. Lack of accompanying text, in PinYin and Hanzi, can be a challenge to anyone without perfect hearing because of a few very similar consonant sounds, like 'zh'and 'j' or 'ch' and 'q'. Wish Pim would at least publish a basic vocab.

     
    5.0

    To Work and Back

    By Slow Learner

    from Vancouver, WA

    About Me Educator, Student, Traveler

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • It Works

    Cons

    • No writing component

    Best Uses

    • Just for fun
    • Self-improvement

    Comments about Pimsleur Chinese (Mandarin) Level 2 MP3:

    i really like this product. I lived in China for a year two different times And wish I could have spoken Chinese better. The second year we were there, we took lessons and were surrounded by the language, but I was frustrated by not being able to speak correctly because I couldn't remember the tones. Pimsleur is great because rather than trying to remember the tones, they become inherent in the way the word sounds and the repetition of the learning process means that frustration is gone. I love being able to redo lessons as many times as I need to feel comfortable with the content. Finally, I love that the structures of the language and the grammar rules simply unfold so that you can generalize when you are asked something different.

    I use Pimsleur on my way to and from work. I can almost finish a lesson going one way, so the way home is for finishing the lesson and reviewing previous challenging spots.

    My frustration now is that I wish my husband were doing it too so we could practice with each other. When I finish the whole course, it may be time to take a third year in China.

     
    5.0

    Nothing to complain about

    By Brian the Roth

    from Orange County

    About Me Traveler

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • No writing component

    Best Uses

    • Just for fun
    • Self-improvement
    • Travel

    Comments about Pimsleur Chinese (Mandarin) Level 2 MP3:

    I use Pimsleur while I'm driving, which is great because i can focus on driving, and the language learning becomes second nature, without having to think too hard. I do each lesson as many times as it takes to pretty much nail everything, sometimes as many as 10 times.

    Pimsleur is great because it teaches useful vocabulary, perfect(mainlander) pronunciation, and key grammar structures. I saw a complaint about Pimsleur being boring, but it's not trying to entertain anyone. It effectively teaches language by keeping things focused and simple, which makes for fast language learning.

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