Pimsleur Chinese (Mandarin) Level 3 CD

Pimsleur Chinese (Mandarin) Level 3 CD

Learn to Speak and Understand Mandarin Chinese with Pimsleur Language Programs

  • Format: CD ( Also available in: MP3 )
  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9780743525466
  • Availability: In Stock: Usually ships within 1 business day
  • 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 User’s Guide

What You’ll Learn
Builds upon skills taught in Pimsleur’s Mandarin Chinese Levels 1 and 2.

In the first 10 lessons, you will expand your vocabulary and increase your fluency to an even higher level. You’ll gain experience participating in many informal and some formal discussions on practical, social, and semiprofessional topics. You’ll skillfully form longer, more complex sentences, and most importantly, you’ll find yourself being understood, even by native speakers unused to dealing with foreigners. You’ll be able to join in conversations eagerly, confident of being understood.

In the next 10 lessons, your skills will demonstrate ever-increasing mastery of Mandarin Chinese. Speaking with grace and complete naturalness, you’ll enjoy fluid conversations on many new subjects. Delving deeper into cultural norms and situations, you’ll find yourself responding effortlessly, and able to choose from a wide accumulation of vocabulary and structures.

In the final 10 lessons, you’re nearing fluency with agile responses, and a natural sounding, near-native accent. You’re able to utilize the language in subtle ways, and speak using past, present, and future tenses. Self-confidence soars as you no longer experience the language and culture as a foreigner, but as someone with a deepening insight into the Mandarin Chinese-speaking world.

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.

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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Pimsleur Chinese (Mandarin) Level 3 MP3
 
4.3

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (5)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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Pros

  • Easy to use (12)
  • It works (12)
  • Perfects accent (9)
  • Portable (9)
  • Fun (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Self-improvement (11)
  • Business/work (7)
  • Travel (7)
  • Fun (6)
  • Family background/heritage (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Business person (7), Traveler (5), Student (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The Pimsleur method works!

Five months ago my mother-in-law arrived from China to live permanently with my family. I spoke virtually no Mandarin when she arrived. I started with Pimsleur Mandarin 1 a few weeks later, practicing...Read complete review

Five months ago my mother-in-law arrived from China to live permanently with my family. I spoke virtually no Mandarin when she arrived. I started with Pimsleur Mandarin 1 a few weeks later, practicing in my car going to and from work. I am now on Lesson 16 of Mandarin 3. I am able to have everyday conversations with my mother-in-law, and both my wife and her mother are astonished at how quickly I am picking up the intonation and the grammer of the language. I have studied several other languages using different methods; this is by far the best language learning experience I've ever had. It could be improved if the course came with transcripts of the lessons, with the Chinese part written in Pinyin. At the minimum the new vocabulary of each lesson should be available for reading and review.

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Wish it had broader vocabulary

I love to listen to Pimsleur while I'm driving. I really like the Phase 1 and Phase 2 sets, and Phase 3 is good, but contains too much repetition from Phase 2. I...Read complete review

I love to listen to Pimsleur while I'm driving. I really like the Phase 1 and Phase 2 sets, and Phase 3 is good, but contains too much repetition from Phase 2. I wish it introduced more new vocabulary. I can repeat lessons whenever I want or need repetition.

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4.0

Nine years of listening to same 45 hours and still learning.

By Kevin Abel

from Springfield,VA

About Me Business person

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Fun
  • It Works
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Just for fun
    • Self-improvement

    Comments about Pimsleur Chinese (Mandarin) Level 3 MP3:

    I have listened and spoke out loud the first three levels of Mandarin for 9 years. Each time I learn more. I think that it is because once I learn vocabulary it allows me to learn the missing pieces. I bet there are people who can remember the entire thing in one sitting but I'm not one of that group. My strength is that I can convert with what I know. My recall is fast but just not complete. I'm on level 3 lesson 21. I plan to go right into level 4 and 5 one time through before reaching the 80 percent level. I'm curious to hear the content. Between the culture notes and 5 levels I could listen to 15 minutes a day and have enough for a year.

     
    4.0

    Excellent product, I am actually learning Mandarin

    By Sean C

    from MN

    About Me Traveler

    Pros

    • It Works

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel

      Comments about Pimsleur Chinese (Mandarin) Level 3 MP3:

      Use it six days a week, I am on lesson 50 still going strong.

       
      4.0

      efficient

      By hedge

      from Paris

      About Me Business person

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Expensive

        Best Uses

        • Self-improvement

        Comments about Pimsleur Chinese (Mandarin) Level 3 MP3:

        great

         
        4.0

        This method of learning suits me well.

        By Ninifikit

        from San Jose, CA, USA

        About Me Business person, Engineer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to use
        • It Works
        • Portable
        • Varying Accents

        Cons

        • No writing component

        Best Uses

        • Business/Work
        • Gains Respect Locally
        • Self-improvement
        • Travel

        Comments about Pimsleur Chinese (Mandarin) Level 3 MP3:

        Hi,
        I have been using the product for about 6 months now and find it suites my way of learning a new language very effectively.
        I had been attending formal classes prior to that, but not making as much progress as I'd have liked.
        I am more interested in being able to 'talk the talk' and order lunch, than struggling with grammar, etc.
        As I downloaded the MP3 versions, thus I can practice in my car, twice a day while commuting. Maybe not the optimum place to learn, but works for me.
        Using different speakers varies and improves the learning experience.

        Service and delivery comments:

        Where the same word is used in a new context, it would be helpful to explain it is another or additional meaning for the same word.
        I'm not sure how old the recordings are, but a Taiwanese friend I practice on, has suggested alternate phrases on occasion. It's not that the lesson is wrong, just not the phrase of current choice.
        Might be beneficial to include a dictionary of characters in the notes for each lesson.
        As the lessons become more advanced, add more or increase use of instructions in the language itself.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        The Pimsleur method works!

        By Dr. Ba Ba

        from Lexington, MA

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Business/Work
          • Family background/Heritage
          • Self-improvement

          Comments about Pimsleur Chinese (Mandarin) Level 3 MP3:

          Five months ago my mother-in-law arrived from China to live permanently with my family. I spoke virtually no Mandarin when she arrived. I started with Pimsleur Mandarin 1 a few weeks later, practicing in my car going to and from work. I am now on Lesson 16 of Mandarin 3. I am able to have everyday conversations with my mother-in-law, and both my wife and her mother are astonished at how quickly I am picking up the intonation and the grammer of the language. I have studied several other languages using different methods; this is by far the best language learning experience I've ever had. It could be improved if the course came with transcripts of the lessons, with the Chinese part written in Pinyin. At the minimum the new vocabulary of each lesson should be available for reading and review.

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          I love to travel and I love to speak with the people when I get there! I have listened to Pimsleur in French, Spanish, Italian, German, Chinese, Japanese, and now Dutch. If you want to learn a language, start with Pimsleur before you do anything else!
          Ellen Dawson from New Harbor, Maine