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Ultimate Chinese (Mandarin) Beginner-Intermediate (CD/Book) (Paperback)

Ultimate Chinese (Mandarin) Beginner-Intermediate (CD/Book) (Paperback)
Author/Publisher: Living Language
Format: book + CD
Emphasis: NA
Level: Beginning - Intermediate
List Price: $79.95

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 393 pages
  • Publisher: Living Language; Package edition (August 24, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 1400021030
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 9.4 x 2.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds.
  • Average Customer Review: based on 4 reviews.

Customer Reviews
27 of 27 people found the following review helpful:

Best in class, August 8, 2005

Reviewer: Christopher J. Deasy (Depends on the time of year)

The only portion this series misses is the written, but that's not what they were aiming for. I have lived in Shanghai and traveled to various parts of China. The voices on CD are very realistic and relaxed, helping the student to understand ordinary speakers - rather than the "standard" Beijing pronunciation. I urge students to use the CD's alot along with the instructions. I found the grammar explanations far superior to any other text I have seen out there- and through 2 years of formal training and 2 practical (in the street) I have not seen a more balanced approach to subject and grammar (Much better than Pimsleur). My wife is Chinese and agrees with the points I have made here. She said there was a definite improvement after I studied these CD's (as opposed to my classroom instruction - not the teacher's fault though, in case she reads this).
Hope this helps!


18 of 18 people found the following review helpful:

Very good introduction., May 26, 2005

Reviewer: L. Frizzell-reynolds "The Language Kid" (W. Mass.)

This a great set to start out with, it stresses speaking more than anything but you learn to read and write about 200 characters.
The 2 sets of CDs are great in that one is for use with the text, although I wish more of the text was available on the CDs but you also receive a second set of CDs that are for studying on the run.
The set is great because you get amazing practice with tones and vocabulary and of course you learn about 5 characters per lesson, with 40 lessons in all. I really like the set and will use it even during the school year for reviewing grammar rules and conversations.
All in all, worth even the full $79.95 despite one reviewer stating it's confusing, it is set up like a non-intensive 1 semester college elementary Mandarin class. Well organized and easy to follow and learn from. I'd suggest it as a supplement to your college class too!


18 of 18 people found the following review helpful:

A good start., May 15, 2005

Reviewer: lingvistika (Detroit, MI)

This is a good, thorough introduction to spoken Mandarin Chinese. The dialogues contain pertinent, everyday vocabulary, there is enough grammar to make it possible to comprehend how the sentences are constructed. There are two sets of CD tracks for each lesson. One set helps you practice the dialogues and vocabulary, and the other explains grammar, although I would recommend reading the full grammar explanations in the chapters as well as listening to the recorded ones. I find this book and CD set pleasant to use and easy to follow.


5 of 28 people found the following review helpful:

Confusing, May 4, 2005

Reviewer: Critic Tesa

This book is totally confusing and I hate it. Not only does it skips the grammar and usage sections when listening to the cd but it also skips exercises. I am happy I got this book from the library and not bought it.


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