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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

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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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Sandra JULESBURG, CO, United States 05-24-13 Member Since 2003

Retired high school English teacher. I liked and worked with the at-risk student. Interested in about everything, but I love a good story.

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    Twain's viewpoint on the German language was written a long time ago. He has been one of my favorite writers since I was a child and this is one of his funnier pieces. It is only surpassed by his story about crossing the Platte River near Julesburg CO where I currently live.

    He tells a story about a buffalo climbing a tree after a hunter that makes most people laugh out loud.

    I advocate reading more Twain for the good of your digestive and respiratory system!

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    Mark Twain's classic satire on the German language. A must read for anybody learning German or living in a German-speaking country. "The Germans have another kind of parenthesis, which they make by splitting a verb in two and putting half of it at the beginning of an exciting chapter and the other half at the end of it. Can anyone conceive of anything more confusing than that?"

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