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Chinese (Mandarin) Level 1 Lessons 1-5 Audiobook

Chinese (Mandarin) Level 1 Lessons 1-5: Learn to Speak and Understand Mandarin Chinese with Pimsleur Language Programs

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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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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

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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    kate mathews 09/01/2015
    kate mathews 09/01/2015 Member Since 2014
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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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer nottingham, United Kingdom 24/12/2014
    Amazon Customer nottingham, United Kingdom 24/12/2014
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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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  • Sandy
    Prince George, British Columbia, Canada
    22/01/13
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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.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Robert W. Drues
    Pinole, CA USA
    11/08/15
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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.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Denise
    19/07/15
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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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kuhan
    19/10/15
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    "Too Repititive"
    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher
    02/10/15
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    "Fun way to start learning Mandarin"

    The pace of the conversation was very good. I was very surprised that I could be so engaged with an audio book for so long.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joe Randall
    30/07/15
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    "Great Experience"

    I found the teaching method to be very effective; especially good for getting a handle on tones. I have been pleasantly surprised at the rate of my progress. Although I have been a little frustrated about not having time to answer a question, I am beginning to see that the pressure to speak directly without having to think it out first is very beneficial. Thanks to all involved in developing this course.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gabrielle
    Wamboin, Australia
    27/07/15
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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!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mars
    Santa Monica, California
    09/07/15
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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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Martin Havelka
    16/03/15
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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!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    25/11/16
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    "Fantastic"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Chinese (Mandarin) Level 1 Lessons 1-5 to be better than the print version?

    I think the audible version is better than the print version of learning Mandarin because I can really just focus on the pronunciation.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Chinese (Mandarin) Level 1 Lessons 1-5?

    The fact that I could actually speak and understand a little Mandarin after just a few minutes.


    What does Pimsleur bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Concentration on the pronunciation.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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