From ordering gan-shao-ming-shia (Szechwan shrimp) to asking for directions
to Beijing's Imperial Palace, learn basic Mandarin words and phrases easily
and quickly. This popular series helps ensure a more enjoyable, successful,
and rewarding trip. Practice pronunciation and listening comprehension
before you leave, then take the book along for an optimal travel experience.
- Audio Cassette
- Publisher: Berlitz Guides; Cas & Book edition (October 1998)
- Language: Chinese
- ISBN: 2831562708
- Product Dimensions: 7.0 x 5.1 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces.
- Average Customer Review:
based on 4 reviews.
|1 of 1 people found the following review
poorly put together, February 6, 2006
While this book and CD offer a basic introduction to Mandarin, the
Berlitz people have thoughtlessly broken up this hour-long CD over only
eight tracks. This is terribly inconvenient if you want to work on a small
section at a time. Also, the first section includes all the introductory
material--the jaunty song, etc.--so you have to listen to one and a half
minutes of junk before the actual lessons begin. If they had put this
material on a track by itself, the user could skip it on repeated listens.
Surely the Berlitz people know how language learners are likely to use
their audio materials. Why then did they not take the simple step of
breaking this material into more easily accessible pieces? This is a
thoughtlessly put together product and poor language learning pedagogy to
|10 of 10 people found the following review
mandarin trvel pk, December 12, 2003
Reviewer: A reader
Compared to berlitz edition in cassette tape years ago, this CD edition
does not have many things to praise:
While the whole world use PINYN to help foreigners pronounce Chinese words
and phrases, Berlitz keeps on using strange notations, perhaps to
facilitate the reading of Cantonese, but not mandarin.
The previous cassette edition showed the pronunciation and intonation more
In the previous cassette edition, there were more/longer pause, so the
student could repeat the chinese phrase at ease.
|2 of 4 people found the following review
Great as an accompaniment, March 10, 2003
As a total beginner to Mandarin, this is a wonderful accompaniment to
other reference and learning materials. I don't think this does an
effective job of teaching the language by itself but the small book with
the audio cassette are very thoughtfully put together.
|4 of 5 people found the following review
Nice, January 23, 2003
A nice little book to carry around with you while you are traveling. I
do not recommend buying the book by itself. You will need some tapes in
order to learn the tones because the book does not mark words with tones
which will make a lot of what you try to say not understandable! But it is
nice to carry around and point to things if you cannot say them.