Pimsleur Chinese (Mandarin) Levels 1-4 CD

Pimsleur Chinese (Mandarin) Levels 1-4 CD

Learn to Speak and Understand Mandarin Chinese with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • This Edition: CD ( Also available in: MP3 )
  • Lessons: 120
  • ISBN: 9780743557856
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  • List Price: $970.00

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Description

Includes 120 lessons and Culture Notes on 64 CDs (64 hrs), plus 3 Culture Notes Booklet, and a 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?
- 120, 30-minute audio lessons
- 4 hours of Culture Notes
- In total, over 64 hours of audio, all featuring native speakers
- 4 Culture Notes Booklets are also included with your download

What You’ll Learn
This program includes all of Mandarin Chinese Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4 –With this program you start from zero, first learning survival phrases and vocabulary, and eventually progressing to a high-intermediate level of speaking and understanding Mandarin Chinese. Every lesson contains an introductory conversation and isolated vocabulary and structures, as well as full practice of all vocabulary introduced. The emphasis is on pronunciation and comprehension to promote proficiency in spoken Mandarin Chinese. At the completion of this course, you’ll speak confidently using your wide-ranging vocabulary, and experience the language and culture with a deepening insight into a new world. Culture Notes are included at the end of Lesson 30 for each level. Totaling about four hours, These notes are designed to provide you with background information on the language and insight into the culture.

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) Levels 1-4 CD
 
4.9

(based on 8 reviews)

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Pros

  • Easy to use (7)
  • It works (7)
  • Portable (7)
  • Fun (6)
  • Perfects accent (5)

Cons

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Best Uses

  • Self-improvement (5)
  • Travel (5)
  • Business/work (4)
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5.0

Bought if for future use. Am now working on Spanish & Russia

By Grandma

from Edmond, Oklahoma

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Expensive

Best Uses

  • Family background/Heritage
  • Self-improvement
  • Travel

Comments about Pimsleur Chinese (Mandarin) Levels 1-4 CD:

I will probably not get to Chinese, but I want it available for my grandson. We have Spanish, French, Russian & Chinese, also a short course in Hindi. I wish they had a course for Bengali. Millions of people speak Bengali & there is a huge diaspora of people who want their children to know Bengali. I was surprised that the packaging for Pimsleur Chinese was not Gold Edition, but hope this is the same thing. If I could have learned Bengali 48 years ago my life would have been quite different

 
4.0

Best Language Training I've ever had

By Greg

from Franklin, TN

About Me Business person, Military personnel, Student, Traveler

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Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Fun
  • It Works
  • Portable

Cons

  • No writing component

Best Uses

  • Just for fun
  • Self-improvement
  • Travel

Comments about Chinese (Mandarin) Phases 1-4:

I've used the Mandarin lessons in phase 1 thru phase 4 for the past 18 months and am quite happy with the results.

The lessons offer a systematic progression so that lesson 110 for example is far more difficult that lesson 10.

I purchased the mp3 downloadable version directly from Pimsleur. You can also buy the CD version, but I think that might be a bit more expensive.

I listen to them during my approximately 30 minute commute twice daily. On weekends I usually manage a lesson per day. Since I'm driving anyway I consider this free time not wasted. It actually makes my drive a little more pleasant since I'm not concentrating on the slow poke ahead of me staring at the green light.

There may be faster learners than me but expect to have to repeat the lessons. I've probably listened to lessons 31 thru 120 about 6 times each.

All told they probably add up to a vocabulary of around 800 words, but you feel pretty confident because you can recognize those words when spoken and quickly call them to mind without really thinking.

I took two years of both Spanish and French in college and came no where close to being able to conduct an even rudimentary conversation. Mandarin is much more difficult for an English speaker than either of those.

So, I highly recommend this approach and am quite satisfied with the outcome.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best way to fluency in Mandarin

By Mr. Pan

from Brooklyn , NY

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Business/Work
    • Travel

    Comments about Chinese (Mandarin) Phases 1-4:

    I began studying Chinese in college, got an MA in Modern Chinese History and many years later taught English in China for two years. I learned to read and write Chinese but never felt at ease speaking until I completed the Pimsleur course. If I had taken the course years ago I would have gotten more out of the time I spent in China. Thanks Pimsleur !

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    5.0

    Pimsleur Mandarin - Great product!

    By Life long learner

    from Massachusetts

    About Me Business person

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Chinese (Mandarin) Phases 1-4:

      I travel to China 3 to 5 times per year and have wanted to learn the language for quite some time. I took a Mandarin class at a local school but the learning process was very slow.

      Pimsleur's method is very different and fits my needs perfectly. For the price of two semesters worth of classes (where I only learn a few key phrases), I purchased 120 lessons that work in real life situations.

      I bought the digital downloads and loaded them onto CDs which I use in my car during my commute to work. This process is great because I can rewind and repeat as often as I like. My progress has been quick and my Chinese colleagues are able to understand me when I speak...so I know this is working.

      I am so pleased that I plan to purchase the Spanish lessons as well to refresh those skills as well. I highly recommend this product!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Fantastic!

      By Language crazy

      from Pennsylvania

      About Me Retired

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            Comments about Pimsleur Chinese (Mandarin) Levels 1-4 CD:

            Pimsleur has done it again. I have previously found its language programs superbly effective for a basic level of communication in another language. After completing about 25% of Mandarin I, I am astonished at what I can say already. As well as what I can still learn as a senior. It's easy to learn and retain the necessary communication skill. I also really like the speakers used, because it's easy to mimic expression and tone beyond what you might see written in a textbook by listening closely to the speakers. Thanks Pimseur!!

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