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Chinese (Man) Phase 1, Unit 01-05: Learn to Speak and Understand Mandarin Chinese with Pimsleur Language Programs | [Pimsleur]

Chinese (Man) Phase 1, Unit 01-05: Learn to Speak and Understand Mandarin Chinese with Pimsleur Language Programs

Each lesson in Units 1 to 5 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. Each lesson contains practice for vocabulary introduced in previous lessons.
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Publisher's Summary

The Pimsleur® Method: the easiest, fastest way to learn a new language. Completely portable, easily downloadable, and lots of fun. You’ll be speaking and understanding in no time flat! Each lesson in Units 1 to 5 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. Each lesson contains practice for vocabulary introduced in previous lessons. The emphasis is on pronunciation and comprehension, and on learning to speak Mandarin Chinese.

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What the Critics Say

"Pimsleur programs provide plenty of positive reinforcement that will keep learners on track, and we found that Pimsleur gave us more proficiency and confidence in speaking the new language than any of the other language programs we reviewed." (AudioFile magazine)

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    Sandy Prince George, British Columbia, Canada 01-22-13
    Sandy Prince George, British Columbia, Canada 01-22-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Very useful!"

    I'm writing this review on the beginning units so it will be of use to anybody contemplating trying these lessons. I have all three phases and have been in China and I would highly recommend this course. For me, these have been very useful tools for laying the ground work for speaking Mandarin. With only these lessons I have been able to get around in China and generally convey what I need.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Gabrielle 07-27-15
    Gabrielle 07-27-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Fast and effective way to learn spoken Chinese basics"

    I am very happy with my purchase and enjoy these lessons, looking forward to each new lesson every day. So far, I have learned more useful phrases (properly) in these five lessons than over six years of school lunchtime social immersion (plus weekends) with my Chinese friends back in school (although they taught me naughty phrases I will never learn in any course! :) ). I am looking forward to doing the rest of the course and surprising my friends with my new skills, and finally being able to have a bit more interaction with their lovely parents who don't speak any English. Very exciting!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Denise 07-19-15
    Denise 07-19-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Quick lessons"

    Nice and clear including tones. I studied Mandarin before and this is a pleasant review. Thank you xx cc cx

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    Mars Santa Monica, California 07-09-15
    Mars Santa Monica, California 07-09-15
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    "Great method!"

    Started Pimsleur Chinese. I finished my first 5 units this week. It is great! Granted I studied mandarin a few years back but I forgot everything so it could be a bit more challenging for total newbies. That said, you catch up very quickly. I would recommend to re-listen to chapters two to three times at the beginning especially is you have had no exposure to the language before and write a little glossary after your revision to retain the information. Enjoy!

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    Martin Havelka 03-16-15 Member Since 2013
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    "It seems to work so far. I Learn and I enjoy it. "

    The pace is a tad too quick for me, but that is resolved by the audible app which allows you to slow it down.
    So far the best Chinese course I've tried... Well worth the price!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David Quakers Hill, Australia 10-05-11
    David Quakers Hill, Australia 10-05-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Somewhat Disappointing"

    The first segment of the audio describes the Pimsleur method. I'd like to say that it is as revolutionary as claimed, however I'm not sure that it is. Perhaps I'm slow, however I had to go over and over the first lesson just to remember the basics. Then, after much practice, I tried out my only sentence or two on a class of visiting Chinese professors in Sydney last week. At the conclusion of my presentation, one came up to me and said, "Your teaching was great but your Chinese was terrible." So, that's it for me Mr Pimsleur and your method. In the traditional Chinese way, I lost face and you are to blame!

    7 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    "Easy to learn"

    Very helpful but useful if you can use a written version of the text too to help with pronunciation. Repetition in each unit seems to help

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    "great learning programme"

    great resource for learning and language. It gets you speaking quickly. very useful if you practice everyday. for fluency you'll also need to find a teacher but this gives you the basics.

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