Pimsleur Chinese (Mandarin) Levels 1-5 CD

Pimsleur Chinese (Mandarin) Levels 1-5 CD

Learn to Speak and Understand Mandarin Chinese with Pimsleur Language Programs

  • Format: CD ( Also available in: MP3 )
  • Lessons: 150
  • ISBN: 9781501113512
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  • List Price: $1,190.00

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Learn a new language while commuting, while cleaning the house, or working out. Like millions before you, discover the power of the scientifically sequenced and portable Pimsleur Method.

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Includes 150 lessons, Notes and reading instruction on 80 CDs (80 hrs), plus 4 Notes Booklets, one Reading Booklet and a User’s Guide.

The Easiest and Fastest Way to Learn Mandarin

Did you know that Mandarin 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 around you, learning to speak Mandarin 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?

- 150, 30-minute audio lessons
- 3 and a half hours of Notes
- 1 hour and 15 minutes of Hanyu Pinyin Reading Lessons
- In total, over 80 hrs of audio, all featuring native speakers
- 4 Notes Booklets and 1 Reading Booklet are also included with your download

What You’ll Learn

This program includes the complete Pimsleur Chinese (Mandarin) Course; Levels 1-5.

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. 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. 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.

Notes are included at the end of Lesson 30 for Levels 1-4. Totaling 3 and a half hours, these notes are designed to provide you with background information on the language and insight into the Chinese culture.

Reading Lessons are included at the end of Level 5 Lesson 30. These lessons are designed to teach you to read Hanyu Pinyin (pinyin for short) the official phonetic system for transcribing pronunciations of Chinese characters into a Latin alphabet. Totaling one hour 15 minutes, the lessons will teach you to sound out written words with correct pronunciation and accent. A Reading Booklet to be used with the audio lessons is included in PDF format.

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 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, and 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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By Heiropolis

from UK

About Me Housewife, based in multicultural area


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


    Best Uses

    • Just for fun
    • Self-improvement
    • Travel

    Comments about Pimsleur Chinese (Mandarin) Levels 1-5 CD:

    This is my 10th language I've learned with Pimsleur. Before discovering Pimsleur I struggled with various different ways of learning languages. With Pimsleur the learning is no struggle at all. I can now speak Mandarin well and as with all the languages I've learned this way I'm always being told that i have a perfect accent. The subjects covered by the different levels are interesting and appropriate. The section on architecture, engineering and design came in very useful when describing the contribution of Brunel, to my home city of Bristol, to some Chinese visitors. To further improve my Mandarin, I attended classes, but quickly discovered i was the most able student already, although i have never been to China and most of the other students had studied there for some time. The teacher could not believe i could speak so well without having been to China, and that was only after completing level 4. Now i have finished level 5, if there are no further levels being produced, I will need private, one to one lessons i guess.

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    Money and TIME very well spent!

    By Al Roy (王泰光)

    from Yukon Territory, Canada

    About Me non extinct hominid


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


    • None, in my opinion.

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      Comments about Pimsleur Chinese (Mandarin) Levels 1-5 MP3:

      I'm currently working at a Chinese owned and operated mine in the Yukon. With the exception of the boss's two daughters, no one else here really speaks any functional English.

      I've been dabbling with Mandarin Chinese for probably 20 years or more, but have never really made an effort to get serious with the language until now. When I was asked to come work here, one of my first thoughts was "What a great opportunity to learn Chinese in Canada!"

      So I've gone through the first 15 lessons so far, and find that I am actually learning functional Mandarin Chinese that I can USE. I have nothing but time on my hands, all day long, as I sit in front of a trommel, loading rock into a hopper. So I plug my phone into the charger and just let the mp3 lessons play, for hours and hours on end, until I can't stand to hear them any more. I typically get through about half a dozen lessons in a day before I have to pull the plug. But by the time I do that, I can tell that my brain is saturated with Chinese.

      I'll be working here for another five weeks; after I return home, I now know that I will be motivated to continue all the way to the end of the course. I've been using Rosetta Stone as well, and it also works for me, but I have to say that I find the Pimsleur method to be superior. I find that I learn more, and learn it faster, when I don't have to sit in front of a computer, clicking on pictures.

      I do prefer to combine courses, so I'm using Rocket Chinese, Rosetta Stone, and Pimsleur. But I'm getting much more bang for the buck, and a bigger return on the TIME invested, from the Pimsleur course.

      Some might say that lacking a visual component is a con, but there are other courses available (the obvious one being Rosetta Stone) that are heavily visual. The Pimsleur course frees me from that, and allows me to study Chinese anywhere, anytime that I can play mp3 files on my phone.

      As to the price, it is well worth the asking price. Lot's of bang for the buck.

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      I used to think learning a second language would be an insurmountable task, as boring and painful as retaking high school Spanish. I was wrong. The Pimsleur approach works perfectly with how my brain is wired. I even found myself dreaming in Spanish.
      G.T. from Creswell, Oregon