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  • Chinese (Mandarin) Level 1 Lessons 1-5

  • Learn to Speak and Understand Mandarin Chinese with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • By: Pimsleur
  • Narrated by: Pimsleur
  • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254

Each lesson in lessons 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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  • By Sandy on 01-22-13

Too Repititive

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Reviewed: 10-19-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

There is too much repetition in the chapters. Being an audio book that I can easily select chapters, I find that Pimsleur has deliberately put the same material to cover 75% in a new chapter which makes it dull and lengthy. If I wanted to revise something that I had learnt, I could just go back to the chapter. I don't need the same thing repeated on to the next chapter. Just when you are ready to learn new words and sentences, the half hour chapter is already over and you have lost precious time just repeating what you have already practiced in the previous chapters.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

He was very good

What character would you cut from Chinese (Man) Phase 1, Unit 01-05?

None, sometimes he pronounces things different from the girl so its confusing.

Any additional comments?

I don't have a choice but carry on buying the books cause they are very good in teaching except they should start a new chapter with less repetitions.

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