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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 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. 

©2000 Simon & Schuster (P)2010 Simon & Schuster

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"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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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.

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Too inconsistent

What disappointed you about Chinese (Man) Phase 1, Unit 01-05?

sometimes simple words were repeated multiple times with admonitions to pronounce them correctly, while other times, complicated and difficult multi-word phrases were not broken down so that they could be repeated correctly

What was one of the most memorable moments of Chinese (Man) Phase 1, Unit 01-05?

Realizing How difficult the Mandarin language is for an English speaking person to learn.

What didn’t you like about the narrator’s performance?

The phrases were frequently said rapidly by the chinese speaker without breaking them into simpler words. It is good to hear these words as a native speaker would say them, but without the breakdown, it becomes impossible to repeat them

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

A bit of anger at the fact that each lesson also contains the copyright statement. Since each section has 5 or 30 half hour lessons, which usually must be repeated at least 2 or 3 times each, this means listening to the copyright statement perhaps 100 times or more. Is this really necessary.

Any additional comments?

These lessons seem rather high priced compared to usual Audible content. It costs a credit for 5 lessons (2 and a half hours). Compare this to a best seller book which may be 40 hours long, also costing a credit. And the book usually has a rather short time during which it is popular.
Still, using the Pimsleur system on an MP3 player is an efficient way to learn a language, and I will continue pimsleur language courses.
I think, however, that the Mandarin course, from my limited experience with it, is below the standards that I have seen in other Pimsleur courses.

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Found wrong sentence from chapter 1

Normally the Chinese refer to Chinese language as “zhōng wén” not ‘pudong’ (not sure how to spell it since I’m a beginner and there’s no manual for the lesson. I search a few website, every web used “ni huì shuō zhōngwén mā”
And after I got to chapter 3, I found that the lessen went veryyyyyy slow, very few sentences were added in each chapter.

Even I think their teaching technique could help me learn chinese, but I’m not sure which sentences in these book are wrong and 5 chapters per credit is too expensive.

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Would be much better with better target customer

Their language instruction methods are excellent, and the performance by the speakers is clear and helpful.

Two major problems, from my point of view:
1. For the price, there ought to be 10 lessons per book, instead of only 5.
2. It soon becomes extremely clear that their choice of beginning conversation (up through lesson 10 anyway) is geared to someone trying to pick up a Chinese-speaker. My hope is that future lessons will move to more interesting and versatile vocabulary than, for example, buying someone a drink and going to a hotel.

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Too expensive

Very expensive if you consider it's just five days learning material.
The content is good.

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does the job

the lessons are to short. I liked the format. overall okay. I expected more for the cost paid. only covered a small amount of words. I'll see if lesson two is better.

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Too Repititive

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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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bad learning because it does not work for me bad

bad don't use positive ways to learn did not work for me at all bad

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Really helps coach the proper tones

I've been told by native speakers that my accent is great. All thanks to Pimsleur.

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Its ok

Love the consistency. I wish they would speak slower , specially the male voice. I couldn’t understand some words at all. Had to search the words in youtube, found some much easier to understand lessons for free.

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  • Damo
  • 10-08-20

very expensive!

why? for 1 credit you can get a few hours of this or 14 hours of Paul noble Chinese course.

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  • kate mathews
  • 01-09-15

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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  • Dave
  • 12-24-14

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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  • jesjaspers
  • 08-13-20

Good but

I do like the approach Pimsleur use and have used their courses before, so this is as much a general comment as specifically about the Mandarin course. My BUT comes because the tutor drives me crazy with his condescending tone when constantly repeating Have you pronouned it tbe same way as the speaker? And because for the first few lessons it is so American centric - the learner and one partner of the dialogs is always an American man/woman who is meeting a person for the country where the language being taught is spoken

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  • Stephen Baldwin
  • 09-09-18

So we'll put together!

At first I thought the order it taught things in was odd. But after a trip to China...the order is exactly the order you need! Very well researched and put together. A great piece of work.

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  • Reality Reviewer
  • 03-02-17

Does what it says on the tin

It does it in a way that makes learning how to speak Chinese a lot easier!! 🙌

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  • Michael
  • 07-15-15

Pretty good

This covers some of the basics of chit chat you might engage in, but I feel it might be better if we had started with more useful scenarios. E.g. The first barrier I had in China was learning to order food. It also seemed that the Chinese expected you to know numbers even if you didn't speak much mandarin so it's a shame that wasn't covered in this section, though I expect it will follow soon. It's also annoying when they teach you to say "I'm American" over and over when I still don't know how to say "Australian".

That said, I feel a definite sense of accomplishment having finished this set and I'm enjoying the pimsleur learning method.

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  • Jad Letcher
  • 02-20-18

Easy!

If you have a 30 minute commute to or from work, this is brilliant. Just be aware that it does require constant concentration. ThePimsleur indeed does work. Get it now.

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  • Jodi
  • 12-09-16

Terrible

What would have made Chinese (Mandarin) Level 1 Lessons 1-5 better?

This would have been a great product if it included some written reference material, not just an overview of the author

Has Chinese (Mandarin) Level 1 Lessons 1-5 put you off other books in this genre?

No

What didn’t you like about Pimsleur’s performance?

The purchase states reference guides are provided, there is nothing but an introductory piece on the author

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I was angry and disappointed that I wasted my money on two parts to this series after hearing fantastic things about it, what a waste

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-11-18

Good and easy to learn

the method is repetitive but is effective in teaching tones and words. Just wish that there is more lessons in one book though.

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  • John C
  • 11-06-17

very helpful for speaking, i have tried a few

very helpful for speaking, i have tried a few different courses and this one was very good

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  • Fiona
  • 05-17-16

good and fun way to learn

Really enjoyable way to learn Chinese. Good to do in the car while driving. Having a small knowledge of Chinese already has helped. But could easily learn with zero knowledge.