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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
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.
- Audio CD
- Publisher: Pimsleur; Unabridged edition (September 1,
- 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:
you started, yes sir!, September 10, 2004
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:
way to learn Mandarin..., August 27, 2004
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:
Way to Learn Madarin, June 24, 2004
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:
like the Pimsleur method but be wary!, March 23, 2004
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:
it!, January 4, 2004
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.
3 of 9 people found the following review helpful:
Converstaion, October 28, 2003
great series as an intro to a language
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful:
September 4, 2003
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
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful:
method!, August 30, 2003
Dee Garza (Houston, TX
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
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
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:
great first start., November 15, 2002
Mark (Glendale, Arizona
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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