Living Language In-Flight Chinese is the perfect boarding pass to learning
Chinese before you land.
There's no better way to make use of all that spare time on a plane than to
master the essentials of a language. This 60-minute program is the simplest
way to learn just enough to get by in every situation essential to both the
tourist and business traveler.
The program covers everything from greetings and polite expressions to
asking directions, getting around, checking into a hotel, and going to a
restaurant. There are even sections for meeting people and spending a night
on the town.
Short lessons make In-Flight Chinese easy to use, and a handy pocket-sized
insert is included as a cheat sheet for use on the go.
- Audio CD: 20 pages
- Publisher: Living Language (June 26, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN: 060981074X
- Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces.
- Average Customer Review:
based on 5 reviews.
|18 of 18 people found the following review
Quantity Not Quality, September 23, 2001
The chosen words and phrases are useful. However... To start, the 30
second sales-pitch/self-raving at the beginning is annoying because you
have to wait through it everytime you want to replay the first lesson.
They also blurt out the words so fast that it makes it very difficult to
hear the correct pronunciation. I think the Pimsleur series does a lot
better job breaking down phrases into components - with clear
instructions on how to pronounce and hear them. I also think the
Pimsleur approach is better because by explaining the components better
and discussing grammar more, they teach you how to understand rather
than memorize. This CD is like someone handing you a tool box with no
explanation of the tools. Quantity, not quality.
Don't waste your money, March 8, 2006
S. Morris (Saginaw, MI
I own this and have found it to be almost useless. There are many
free resources that are far better. Almost any of the other similiar
products available through Amazon would be better. This product gives a
very rapid fire one time recitation of Mandarin phrases. Very few people
can learn a language that way. Certainly don't think that you are going
to learn anything meaninful on your flight over to China!
|4 of 4 people found the following review
useless, March 9, 2005
Crap, crap, crap. How many people need to know the phrases, "Can I
buy that online?" and "I'd like that in small bills." during their first
hour with a language?
This doesn't even qualify as language instruction because they don't
attempt to actually teach you anything.
|2 of 2 people found the following review
Excellent pronounciation - a few good phrases, February 9, 2005
This CD carries a few good phrases and is a good starter on Mandarin.
A leaflet on the basics of Pinyin with all the phrases on the CD in
pinyin are included in the CD. In order to learn the phrases, you have
to listen to the CD over and OVER. If you copy your pronounciation to be
--Exactly-- like the speakers, then you will be understood.
|3 of 4 people found the following review
2+ years I know ten phrases., November 14, 2004
I purchased this cd/book more than 2 years ago, and I am still
struggling with it today. If you really want to learn a language, I
don't think these type of quick and easy CDs work. The marketing behind
this CD is that if you listen to it on your 18 hour flight to China, you
will be able to speak basic Chinese when you land. -- With general
phrases you need to get around in Chinese. I would highly reccommend you
not do that. While I have gone through the cd dozens of times, even
taken a couple of cross country flights with it, and tried leaving one
chapter on for hours, I have only picked up a few phrases, such as
Hello, how are you?, and numbers. At this point, I am converting
everything to notecards. As another reviewer pointed out, it is
basically all blind memorization, and Chinese is hard to memorize.
Another note, this CD does not include anything regarding written
Chinese only Pinyin.