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taylor storey

taylor storey California/China Member Since 2012
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  • "Start here, go anywhere"

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    I am now on Phase 3 of Mandarin Chinese, and I can't recommend it highly enough!

    I live in southern China and this has helped me immensely in picking up some of the language. 30 minutes a day is SO worth it. That being said, I still like to get a cup of coffee and focus a bit. I can't really cook and do this at the same time. I am trying to maximize that 30 minutes...

    Also, once you are through with this part, I might try to jump on something that will help you learn writing if you are interested in that. It is a little bit of a disappointment to myself that I didn't do that earlier. Still, for speaking and listening...you can't get a better 30 minutes in my opinion.

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    Chinese (Man) Phase 1, Units 1-30: Learn to Speak and Understand Mandarin Chinese with Pimsleur Language Programs

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    Mandarin Chinese Phase 1, Lessons 1-30 includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one hour of culture notes in thirty, 30-minute lessons. In the first 10 lessons, you’ll cover the basics: saying hello, asking for or giving information or preferences, scheduling a meal or a meeting, asking for or giving basic directions, and much more.

    Bruce says: "Well thought out but beware of the shortcomings"
  • "I Can't Recommend Pimsleur Highly E..."

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    I live in China and almost everyone I talk to is blown away at how fast my Chinese is progressing. A cab driver yesterday said "Ni de jongwen bi wo de jongwen hao" ---Your chinese is better than mine. I have done almost zero studying apart from Pimsleur.

    I'm also doing some rosetta stone on the side to cross pollenate, but I've only done 1 lesson of that.

    There are times when you feel like you are lost, but that happens with any language, and any method. (I did Spanish through a similar classroom style pimsleur method, not actual pimsleur, but a similar auditory learning style) Keep plodding through and you will get there! Relax and be confident!

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    Chinese (Man) Phase 2, Units 1-30: Learn to Speak and Understand Mandarin Chinese with Pimsleur Language Programs

    • ORIGINAL (16 hrs and 24 mins)
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    Phase 2 includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one additional hour of culture notes, and is designed to be used after completing Phase 1. In the first 10 lessons of Phase 2, you begin to use the past tense. Structures become more complex and informal speech is introduced.

    taylor storey says: "I Can't Recommend Pimsleur Highly Enough"
  • "Can't recommend Pimsleur Highly Enough"

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    I am now on Lesson 63 of Chinese (Unit 3 lesson 3) and I couldn't think of a better way to spend 30 minutes a day. They all follow the same pattern. I will always start here with foreign languages.

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    Indonesian Phase 1, Unit 01: Learn to Speak and Understand Indonesian with Pimsleur Language Programs

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    Indonesian Phase 1, Unit 1 contains 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and isolated vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation. The lesson contains full practice for all vocabulary introduced in this unit.

    taylor storey says: "Can't recommend Pimsleur Highly Enough"
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    "Loved it. Helped me in the real world."

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    I just finished Pimsleur Spanish phases 1-3 which I bought on audible.com. In short, I thought they were fantastic!

    Each phase consists of 30 units, each about 30 minutes long. Hence, I did 90 units altogether. That sounds like a lot, but I did almost all of them while driving to and from work when I worked in Mountain View. I streamed them from my phone through my stereo using bluetooth.

    Before I started, I already had a decent grasp of Spanish. However, I started Pimsleur Spanish from scratch. I'm normally a very visual learner, and Spanish is a pretty easy language to learn visually since it's so phonetic. However, I needed something to do while driving upwards of three hours a day, and this fit the bill. I really like how conversational it is. It constantly pushes you to say new things in new situations using your existing knowledge of vocabulary and grammar.

    I know that some people have said that they thought Pimsleur Spanish was a little boring compared to Rosetta Stone. However, Rosetta Stone requires you to be in front of a computer, and I needed something that I could do while driving. By the way, I recommend only attempting this on long, fairly boring freeway trips. It takes up a little too much mental bandwidth to attempt on city streets.

    After studying Spanish for several months, I was able to give a technical talk in Spanish in Mexico City. Doing the talk live was terrifying, and I'll admit that my voice was shaking quite a bit. However, later I did a screencast of it, Esto es Dart. That went pretty well.

Yuankai

Yuankai PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA, United States 01-28-13
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  • "No reading booklet in PDF?"

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    The downloaded PDF is only the cover page of the Phase 1 reading booklet. Where is the full booklet?

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    Spanish Phase 1, Unit 26-30: Learn to Speak and Understand Spanish with Pimsleur Language Programs

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    Spanish Phase 1, Units 26-30 build on material taught in prior units. Each lesson provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation.

    Yuankai says: "No reading booklet in PDF?"

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