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Chinese (Mandarin) (Instant Conversational Language) [UNABRIDGED] on CD

Title: Chinese (Mandarin) (Instant Conversational Language) [UNABRIDGED] on CD

Author: Pimsleur
Format: Audio CD
List Price: $49.95
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Chinese (Mandarin) (Instant Conversational Language) [UNABRIDGED] on CD

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    Speak Chinese Mandarin Instantly!

    The Pimsleur?Method provides the most effective language -- learning program ever developed. More than one million people every year use it to gain real conversational skills in new languages quickly and easily -- without books, written exercises, or drills.

    Easy and Practical

    This package contains sixteen lessons that will get you started speaking today! Simply listen, follow the instructions, and then respond out loud, just as you would in an actual conversation. Complete one lesson each day, in consecutive order. When you've finished this program, you'll be thrilled to realize you can hold a real conversation in Chinese Mandarin!

  • Go beyond the 8-lesson Quick & Simple -- and double your language skills
  • Simple, step-by-step instruction
  • No classes to attend -- learn at your own convenience and pace
  • No books, written exercises, or memory drills
  • Listen-and-respond method lets you self-test your mastery

    Increase Your Language Skills

    Learning a new language is a tremendously rewarding achievement. Once you see how much you've learned in these sixteen lessons, we think you'll want to continue with the complete 30-lesson Pimsleur?Program. To help you, we'll give you a rebate of $150.00 when you purchase the Level I Chinese Mandarin Comprehensive Program. Please see bottom of package for details.

    Product Details:
    • Audio CD
    • Publisher: Pimsleur; Unabridged edition (September 1, 2002)
    • ISBN: 0743529138
    • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.9 x 2.1 inches
    • Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces.
    • Average Customer Review: based on 9 reviews.
  • 3 of 6 people found the following review helpful:

    gets you started, yes sir!, September 10, 2004

    Reviewer: R. J.

    I have tried the pimsluer courses (highest is Spanish II), but I've found that just using these quick & simple course are just about as good. Why? well, by then if you can see some of the words written down, you pick up how to say written words really fast (of course, for Chinese this would mean the phonetic pinyin, not the Chinese characters)
    By the end you will know the sounds, the intonations, and basic grammar, but you are still translating in your head, and have a very limited vocabulary. For me, translating everything after reaching this level (like the rest of the course does) just gets in my way of understanding. I suggest that after this short course, if you really want to continue, go find the FSI courses for you language to get you into fluency. The main weakness of these FSI courses is they don't teach pronunciation very well, but you already have this!
    A cheaper, but not as good or complete route, is to go over to unforgettablelanguages.com and get the courses for you language. These will seriously boost your vocabulary in a relitively short period of time. Sadly, for mandarin, there is only a survival course with no audio. However, there are no verbs, so I don't think you will know any of the words on it.

    13 of 13 people found the following review helpful:

    Great way to learn Mandarin..., August 27, 2004

    Reviewer: Larry Tomaw (Apache Jct., Arizona)

    I am a foreign language teacher and this was my first Pimsleur course and I was pleased with it. I started the course about 3 months before going to China. I found, in China, that people understood what I was saying. I had a Chinese phrase book in "pinyin" (Chinese method of Romanization)which really messed up my pronounciation. I stopped using it and dealt strictly with the tapes.

    The only drawback is that this was a beginning course for learning the complete language. It omitted a lot of necessary phrases, i.e., "Where is the restroom?" These I picked up in China.

    Be patient with youself. Work with the tape or CD for 15-20 minutes and stop. Work the same material again later until you have learned it...then move on. Otherwise, you will be overwhelmed.

    11 of 11 people found the following review helpful:

    Great Way to Learn Madarin, June 24, 2004

    Reviewer: Ryan Johnson (Franklin, WI United States)

    This is the first Pimsleur course I've used, and I wish I had discovered them sooner! I usually don't learn languages completely by ear, but it's proving to be a great way to learn Mandarin. I even find that I remember things my Chinese friends teach me so much easier since I am getting used to picking up new words without seeing them or writing a notecard on them! I've I am on Disc 3 so far and have had no problems remembering any of my lessons. Additionally, I think my pronunciation is coming very easily because I am not trying to translate Romanized characters into Chinese sounds.

    20 of 25 people found the following review helpful:

    I like the Pimsleur method but be wary!, March 23, 2004

    Reviewer: "cking2" (Minnesota)

    I already have the Quick and Simple Mandarin Chinese by Pimsleur and really loved it but, even though the description says-

    'goes beyond the Quick and Simple...'

    The first 8 lessons (first half) is merely a repackaging of the 8 lessons in the Q + S.

    So, I cannot comment on the second half because I was so upset about being duped that I returned it!


    16 of 17 people found the following review helpful:

    Loved it!, January 4, 2004

    Reviewer: Hansel (Philadelphia, PA)

    I will be leaving for Taiwan in a week and am thankful for this wonderful introduction to Mandarin. After purchasing the Instant Conversation, I used the large rebate to continue my study of Mandarin with Pimsleur's Mandarin I.

    I have been living with a Taiwanese family (in the US) for the last few months and they tell me that my understanding and pronounciation of the Mandarin I have learned thus far is beautiful. There are, of course, slight differences in pronunciation between the Beijing accent of the CD's and the Taiwanese accent, but it hasn't been problematic.
    Thanks Pimsleur!

    3 of 9 people found the following review helpful:

    Pimsleur Converstaion, October 28, 2003

    Reviewer: David J. Cazier (Houston, TX United States)

    great series as an intro to a language

    11 of 11 people found the following review helpful:

    Wow!, September 4, 2003

    Reviewer: Alec "Call me Alex" Singer (Jupiter)

    I found this at a book outlet for [cheap], and I bought them immediately because Pimsleur tapes have been recommended to me.

    Well, these are fantastic: You retain everything you hear, and it's actually very exciting. Before using these, I couldn't understand pronounciation at all but with them I am beginning to grasp it.

    I have tried Berlitz's living languages series and these tapes are a million times better. They're very effective and fun. I highly recommend them.

    18 of 18 people found the following review helpful:

    Amazing method!, August 30, 2003

    Reviewer: Dee Garza (Houston, TX United States)

    This is better than Berlitz, and I never thought I would say that about a language product. There are so many study-at-home language products that are boring and ineffective. This is more like the Suzuki method of studying music. Listen, imitate, learn!

    The method definitely deserves 5 stars, but there are problems with the "Instant Conversation" product. (The negatives can be noted by reading the Amazon reviews of the corresponding product for Spanish.) To advance to the whole first set of the comprehensive Pimsleur method, you have to pay for these first 8 CD's again, in effect, and at a higher price. (When you buy the comprehensive Mandarin I, it is my understanding that half the CD's you buy are identical to these. Therefore your investment in this beginner set is unwise.) Too bad that they didn't make a special (stand-alone) set for this product instead of just removing the first 8 of the 16 CD's in the Comprehensive Mandarin I.

    Those considerations aside, this method is unbelievably effective. I have taken private and group Berlitz, bought untold numbers of study at home sets, and have taken languages in the university. This is fast and really effective. I'll be buying more of the Pimsleur method in other languages, too.

    Bottom line: This was an relatively inexpensive way for me to test the Pimsleur method in some depth.

    27 of 28 people found the following review helpful:

    A great first start., November 15, 2002

    Reviewer: Mark (Glendale, Arizona USA)

    Two years ago my employer required me to begin to learn Mandarin. They had purchased the Original Pimsleur Mandarin Cassettes several years prior to my joining the company. I made it through eight lessons before I took a position with another firm. However, my desire to learn Mandarin had been ignited.
    I didn't feel comfortable spending the $350.00 to buy the full Pimsleur course myself, so I went to the local library and checked out the resources there. I tried three different courses by other authors and was amazed how sub-standard they were. Nothing compared to the quality and retention the Pimsleur method gave. When I saw that the Instant Conversation series was available I bought it immediately. I reasoned that for less than $50.00 I could find if I really wanted to learn Chinese. After my experiences with the other learning systems I was not sure I wanted to continue. I'm now starting the third CD and I am confident I will spend the money for the next level of instruction. Every day I learn more and retain probably 80% of what was covered in each lesson. Due to the confidence the Pimsleur method gives I know that mastery of Mandarin Chinese is attainable. I have a friend at work who is a native speaker and she tells me my accent is negligible. I could not think of a more promising recommendation then that.

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