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Mandarin Easy Learning Audio Course

Learn to speak Mandarin the easy way with Collins
Narrated by: Collins
Length: 3 hrs and 47 mins
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Publisher's Summary

  • Easy to use - learn Mandarin quickly and with confidence
  • Easy to follow - listen, speak Mandarin and learn
  • Easy to learn - Mandarin grammar made simple

Easy Learning Mandarin teaches you key words for the most important situations and lets you expand your language through a variety of activities. You choose whether to focus on learning the essentials or to progress to some more challenging activities – so whether you’re a beginner, or you want to refresh and build upon your existing knowledge, you can become confident in Mandarin without even having to pick up a pen.

Topics covered:

Unit 1: Greetings

Unit 2: Attracting Attention

Unit 3: Exchanging Courtesies

Unit 4: Asking Questions

Unit 5: Where are you from?

Unit 6: Going Places

Unit 7: Asking Directions

Unit 8: Where can we eat?

Unit 9: Getting Transport

Unit 10: Ordering a drink

Unit 11: Asking for a room

Unit 12: All about food!

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Critic Reviews

"The first thing I noticed about this course is that the booklet is very helpful. The first few pages give tips and a pronunciation guide for Pinyin; a latinised version of Mandarin characters. It deals with everything a tourist might need to know to get by comfortably when on holiday. Well worth the money!" (K. Jamison, County Down)
"This short Mandarin course was wonderful and within a few days I'd learnt the basics of conversation (including social etiquette surrounding such conversation). Overall, a well-formulated and easy-to-use tool for learning Mandarin." (H. Dennison, Dorset)

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  • Rogayah
  • 09-16-09

not easy

I'm still sturggling with learning Mandarn, but did not find this course that easy. Dowloading the booklet helped, but still... its the tones you need the ear and some knowledge of the hanyu pinyin "alphabet" to try to make sense of how to make the sounds.

If you don't have a teacher then good luck, this is the best I've tried so far. Zai jian!

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  • Mr D Beaton
  • 01-20-16

This has made me interested in learning languages!

It is truly great and the speaking was crystal clear, along with the great breakdown of the langauge and it is really useful for those who are going to China for a short holiday ( anything less than 2 weeks ) as it has all the things you will need to know such as getting drinks and food, asking where things are ( Tainanmen square , etc) and public transport.
I would give this my highest recommendation.

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  • Zigaar
  • 07-03-15

Great! But, next?

What made the experience of listening to Mandarin Easy Learning Audio Course the most enjoyable?

Great quality, not too fast, too slow, well explained

Any additional comments?

I really wish they had a more advanced audio book made the same way. Maybe it will come. I really hope so.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-23-19

A great start to the basics

Drive to work instead of getting the train. do the speaking exercises in the privacy of your car. took me a while to get used to it but listening back I've learnt so much. it's in an easy format and gives you a chance to think about what to say with repetition. sharing what I've learnt with Chinese friends, they're impressed but say some of the words and phrases are a little formal so it depends what context you use it. after doing this course and one other I'm fairly confident I could at least get around in China. I'm hooked on learning now so where's the next course?!