Pimsleur Chinese (Mandarin) Level 3 CD

Pimsleur Chinese (Mandarin) Level 3 CD

Learn to Speak and Understand Mandarin Chinese with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • This Edition: CD ( Also available in: MP3 )
  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9780743525466
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  • 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 Mandarin 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 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 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
- 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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PimsleurChinese (Man) Phase 3, Units 1-30
 
4.4

(based on 10 reviews)

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Pros

  • Easy to use (10)
  • It works (9)
  • Perfects accent (9)
  • Fun (7)
  • Portable (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Self-improvement (8)
    • Business/work (6)
    • Family background/heritage (5)
    • Fun (5)
    • Travel (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Business person (4), Traveler (4), Student (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    An Excellent Resource

    This is perfect for people who want to be able to speak comfortably in Mandarin. It allows you to pick up language as someone who already speaks your native language fluently - Rosetta Stone's...Read complete review

    This is perfect for people who want to be able to speak comfortably in Mandarin. It allows you to pick up language as someone who already speaks your native language fluently - Rosetta Stone's overly simplistic picture-based model has never worked for me. This is a wonderful stepping stone for those who have had basic Mandarin, or for those who studied awhile ago and need a refresher. It certainly isn't advanced, but holds true for the product description for this level. The lessons are based on likely real-world scenarios and have a sensical progression. This might be particularly helpful if you studied Mandarin in college, as these lessons are more business-world oriented than the dorm life/dating/local attractions-based lessons I've seen repeated in college textbooks. I have recommended this product to everyone who has asked me how they should start learning conversational Mandarin.

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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

    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 Chinese (Man) Phase 3, Units 1-30:

      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.

       
      4.0

      This program works!!

      By Joe Dirt

      from Tennessee

      About Me Business person

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to use
      • Fun
      • It Works
      • Portable

      Cons

      • Too Fast

      Best Uses

      • Just for fun
      • Self-improvement

      Comments about Chinese (Man) Phase 3, Units 1-30:

      I'm at lesson 11 of Mandarin 3. I started this program in October 2013. I speak Mandarin better now, at about the halfway point than I did Spanish after two years of college Spanish. Of course there is no reading and writing, but with Mandarin, literacy is an entirely different skill set. There appears to be about zero relationship between written and spoken Mandarin. I use the course during my daily commute and it works great. I typically will go through the lesson 3-4 times before I have it well enough to move on, but if you have a 30 minute commute that's a new lesson every two days.

      Service and delivery comments:

      #1 I would add more courses. I'm excited to see that there is recently added an Mandarin 4. However at the pace I'm going I expect to have about a 4 - 5 hundred word vocabulary when I finish. I'd like to continue and would definitely pay for more advanced lessons.

      #2 There could be better spacing between the questions and answers in the lessons. Sometimes I have only a second or so to answer a fairly complicated compound sentence with past tense before the answer is given. Then an easy question with a pause of several seconds before the answer is given. The timing could be better. That said, it is the only thing that I would improve upon.

       
      5.0

      You never get tired of it

      By Mari

      from NYC

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Business/Work
        • Family background/Heritage
        • Just for fun
        • Self-improvement
        • Travel

        Comments about Chinese (Man) Phase 3, Units 1-30:

        I have been using this program for about one year and I think it's a highly ingenious method of teaching a new language. My experience with it has been amazing. I have learned a great deal of Mandarin and I would definitely recommend it to others.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Wish it had broader vocabulary

        By Trail runner

        from Lakewood, CO

        About Me Business person, Traveler

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to use
        • Fun
        • Perfects Accent

        Cons

        • Too Repetitive

        Best Uses

        • Family background/Heritage
        • Just for fun
        • Self-improvement

        Comments about Chinese (Man) Phase 3, Units 1-30:

        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.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome.

        By Mandarinkeenas

        from Zhuhai China.

        About Me Traveler

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Business/Work
          • Family background/Heritage
          • Just for fun
          • Self-improvement
          • Travel

          Comments about Chinese (Man) Phase 3, Units 1-30:

          I own phases 1,2,3. I was dabbling for about a year with phase one.
          But for the last month I've been living in China. I've been listening to about 5 hours a day and listening to whilst sleeping. A bit full on I know.
          But it's frustrating for me not been able to communicate. And within a month
          I'm starting to understand native speakers and speak many statements and carry out small conversations. All within a month. I have tried every app under the sun and other methods but this approach so easily engages you. I can't really imagine a better way to learn a language. It's a bit like training wheels on a bike. I can see them soon being taken off.

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