Pimsleur Chinese (Mandarin) Level 4 MP3

Pimsleur Chinese (Mandarin) Level 4 MP3

Learn to Speak and Understand Mandarin Chinese with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • This Edition: MP3 ( Also available in: CD )
  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9781442369269
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  • List Price: $119.95

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Includes 30 lessons and Culture Notes as MP3 download (16 hrs), plus a 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. Because Pimsleur courses are available in MP3 format, you can learn whenever and wherever it’s convenient for you. But it’s not just portable; 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 in Mandarin Chinese 4?
- Thirty, 30-minute lessons totaling 15 hours of spoken Mandarin language learning, plus one hour of Culture Notes. These notes are designed to provide you with a deeper understanding of Chinese culture, as well as to expand upon topics discussed in the course.
- In total, over 16 hours of audio, all featuring native speakers
- Access to the Pimsleur Course Manager APP for iPad, iPhone and Android devices, and Mac or Windows computers.
- The MP3 download can be used on any computer, tablet, MP3 player, or phone that plays MP3 files

What You’ll Learn
Mandarin Chinese 4 covers a variety of everyday topics. You'll be speaking and understanding Mandarin with near-fluency and with a broad range of conversational skills. In Chinese Mandarin 4 the pace and conversation moves more rapidly, accelerating exposure to new vocabulary and structures, and approaching native speed and comprehension. You’ll learn to speak about your professional and personal life, needs, likes and dislikes, and to create complex sentences.

Some of the topics covered in Mandarin Chinese 4:
- Business: Ordering, shipping, and receiving bulk products for export, and discussing their costs and rates. Speaking with patients about their ailments and giving advice for treatment. Visiting warehouses and factories.
- Personal life: Discussing how you're feeling, marriage, relatives, Chinese zodiac signs, where you and your family are from and what they do, children, and pets.
- Activities: Getting a massage or acupuncture treatment, visiting car and horse racetracks, art museums, cultural sites, and ordering meals for yourself or a group in restaurants. Going for bike rides in the park, taking tours of historic sites, and discussing architecture and design.
- Food: Culinary differences between the North and South, sampling popular cuisine of restaurants and roadside vendors.
- Vacationing: Traveling and exploring with a tour guide; discussing the history of important and popular destination sites in China; visiting The Great Wall, gardens,and teahouses; and sampling popular cuisine of restaurants and roadside vendors.
- Important Topics: Talking about allergies, likes and dislikes of food types and styles, animals, colors, temperatures, and cuisine.
- Understanding the Chinese: Learning cultural expressions and customs. Discussing Chinese social and economic policies. Exploring various pastimes of the young and old, such as Tai Chi, dancing on street corners, birdwalking in the park, bike riding, and more. Discussing the weather, the air quality and environmental concerns.
A User's Guide and Notes booklet are 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 Principal 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.

Constant Feedback Loop + Build-in Testing
Pimsleur’s unique system of cues and responses provides a constant feedback loop. You can test yourself as you go, and make incremental corrections in creating and refining cohesive, clear responses.

Gives You a Solid Foundation
Each lesson and Level builds on the ones before it and in turn sets the framework for the lessons and Levels that follow. Learn what you need to prosper and to build a foundation to future learning.

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
- Files can be downloaded using the Pimsleur Course Manager APP for iPad, iPhone and Android devices, and Mac or Windows computers, or
- As a zip file for use in iTunes or Windows Media Player.
- Backup copies of a course are available in your Pimsleur.com cloud-based digital library.
- MP3 Player compatible including iPod.
- Pimsleur Course Manager APP can be installed on several devices for personal use only.
- Non DRM (Digital Rights Management) MP3 files can also be copied onto a CD or DVD for playing in a CD/DVD player.

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Pimsleur Chinese (Mandarin) Level 4 MP3
 
5.0

(based on 7 reviews)

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Pros

  • Easy to use (6)
  • It works (6)
  • Portable (6)
  • Perfects accent (5)
  • Fun (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

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

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I'll purchase Mandarin V, VI, VII, VIII

By Patrick Molen

from Clearwater, FL

About Me Business person

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Improving Pronunciation
  • Short 30 Minute Lessons

Cons

  • Iv Phases Insuffcient
  • Need More Phases

Best Uses

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

Comments about Pimsleur Chinese (Mandarin) Level 4 MP3:

I listen to the lessons during lunch break at work using my smartphone. I just completed lesson 26 of Pimsleur Mandarin Chinese IV and realize that I only have four lessons remaining.

After completing Chinese IV, I will go back and review Chinese III and IV again to further solidify.

If Simon and Schuster rolled out the next package of four phases V, VI, VII, and VIII, I would immediately make a purchase.

Pimsleur is particularly great with improving pronunciation.

To be absolutely fluent in listening comprehension and speaking we would need twelve phases of Pimsleur Mandarin Chinese, one for each month for a year long program at one lesson a day.

With the current four phases only you will certainly need to supplement it with other Mandarin resources in order to get beyond a low intermediate stage.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Please continue making the next level

By nabie98

from Mesa, AZ

About Me Traveler

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Business/Work
    • Self-improvement
    • Travel

    Comments about Pimsleur Chinese (Mandarin) Level 4 MP3:

    When I was first introduced to Pimsleur method two years, I knew I found my language learning system, yet I was frustrated that I couldn't see the script of the audio because I was so used to textbook style learning. I tried to find the chinese sentences I have learned from this lessons and learn the characters along the way. However, it took too much of time each day, trying to learn that way and I had to give up my chinese study.
    About two month ago, when I started excercising again, I took my phone with me. Instead of listening to the music, I started listening the lessons from Pimsleur. Everyday, just for 60 minutes. (I repeated the course to make sure I was fluent in response) What a difference it made! Now I feel comfortable utilizing the vocabulary and understanding glimps of chinese grammar. I realized, learning by repetition and simple listening is far more effective than learning by the text and grammars.
    Trust Pimsleur, you will get there soon!
    I just wish there's more lessons I can buy for Mandarin.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Happy with product

    By Frank

    from Philadelphia, PA

    About Me Business person

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • It Works
    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Just for fun

      Comments about Pimsleur Chinese (Mandarin) Level 4 MP3:

      Language is not my best ability. I took my time, writing out the vocabulary in Pinyin as I went, sometimes writing out the full dialogue of some lessons. Now, I'll go back and type the characters. I use an excel spreadsheet with columns for simplified, pinyin & English which provides an easy search. Perhaps my method is not perfect, but it works for me now.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very helpful - please offer Level 5

      By NJ Prof

      from New Jersey

      About Me Traveler

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Pimsleur Chinese (Mandarin) Level 4 MP3:

          Having really enjoyed and benefited from Levels 1, 2, and 3, I was *very* happy when Level 4 came out after a long wait. I had done each of the lessons in the first three levels multiple times, so the new vocabulary (and a few new grammatical structures) were really welcome.

          Level 4 takes an interesting approach to introducing new words by moving their "story line" around to different cities and regions in China, introducing students to cultural ideas and practices (e.g., Chinese medicine), historical and modern sites (the Terracotta Army, Shanghai skyscrapers), food, etc.

          About 10-12 new words are taught each lesson and reinforced in the next 2-3 lessons, so I usually have to listen to each lesson 3 or 4 times before I am ready to go to the next one (That is NOT a criticism!). I will definitely go back to review the earlier lessons in Level 4 to help retain the vocabulary.

          I can now follow pretty large chunks of Mandarin conversation, and am able to talk about more than just the weather or ask where something is. My daughter-in-law is Shanghainese and teaches Mandarin at an American School, and is impressed by the Pimsleur curriculum. She says that my tones are better than most of her students', so thank you Pimsleur!

          Please, please produce Mandarin Level 5. I would buy it the day it comes out!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Methodical, Practical, Reliable

          By George L

          from Toronto, ON

          About Me Business person, Student, Traveler

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Pimsleur Chinese (Mandarin) Level 4 MP3:

            After completing all four 30-lesson modules of Pimsleur's Mandarin, I owe it to prospective buyers to let them know why I am happy to have bought and used this program. ___ I'm a native-English speaker who grew up in the country, and I never needed to speak another language. I studied several in university out of interest, but when I met my Taiwanese fiancée, I finally *needed* to learn a language. I tried several methods. Don't get me wrong: almost every method will convey something useful, but most self-study methods use the same old grammar-translation method I learned in Latin class: memorize some vocab, learn a grammar lesson, and translate some sentences. But when I wanted to order in restaurants, or really do anything other than repeat a specific sentence from a lesson in the other methods, I couldn't. I was really discouraged -- I didn't think Mandarin was going to work out. ___ I turned to Pimsleur because it was audio-only, something I could do in the car, since the lessons are 30 minutes long and I have a 40-minute commute either way to work. This method focuses on developing the ability to speak, listen, and interact in Mandarin environments. It reviews materials by combining review and new material into new conversations. And it's very carefully done: the authors make sure that, over time, the student reviews past material and incorporates it into new conversations. Although the lessons said that I could proceed with the next lesson if I felt I understood a lesson, I always did each lesson 2 or even 3 times -- not in a row but during my study time -- before proceeding. ___ And now here I am at the end of Mandarin IV. I don't exactly give lectures on philosophy in Mandarin, but I can say the following, honestly. First, because I'm around a lot of Mandarin speakers as I try speaking Mandarin, a lot of them say that my accent is actually quite good; the Pimsleur method does focus on pronunciation. Second, I can talk about a lot of daily issues, not just directions and food-ordering. I still need to learn all the names for various foods and drinks, but I can do the basics. Third, I can catch what my fiancée or others are saying to each other during conversations. It's not the end of the road, but it's one very significant start. Pimsleur's Mandarin modules really do work. The MP3 versions are affordable and well-worth the price. The other methods might be useful for review, but not for learning. My honest opinion is this: if you like learning languages, or need to learn Mandarin -- either way -- treat yourself to Pimsleur. As for me, I just wish there were a Mandarin 5, 6, 7 .... --George.

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