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Berlitz Mandarin Chinese (Audio Cassette)

Berlitz Mandarin Chinese (Audio Cassette)
Author/Publisher: Berlitz Publishing
Format: Book + cassette
Emphasis: Spoken Mandarin Chinese
Level: Beginning
List Price: $19.95

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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.

Product Details
  • 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.

Customer Reviews


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:

poorly put together, February 6, 2006

Reviewer: BQ "BQ-JP" (Japan)

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 boot.


10 of 10 people found the following review helpful:

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 Beijing-like.
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 helpful:

Great as an accompaniment, March 10, 2003

Reviewer: D. M. Goldman (Yardley, PA United States)

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 helpful:

Nice, January 23, 2003

Reviewer: "jeffgwy" (Taipei, Taiwan)

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.


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