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Learn Mandarin Chinese

3000 essential words and phrases
Narrated by: Daniel Richards, Xu Peixian
Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
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Listen to the key words and phrases in Chinese, then repeat, practise and refine! A relaxing way to pick up the language.

All essential words and phrases for modern life in China are here, with topics covering home life, work and school environments, shopping, food and drink, sport and leisure, transport, technology and the environment. Great care has been given to represent modern Chinese culture and enhance your experience of China and its people, including food and drink, customs, celebrations and festivals.

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Poorly conceived, essentially useless

The audiobook is just a stream of vocabulary in a completely incoherent order without any context, meaning the translation is often misleading. For example the word “nose” is introduced about 1 hour in, and the Mandarin translation they give means the front of an aeroplane. Similarly, the translation they give for “blade” means helicopter rotor blade. Hugely misleading for a learner and also useless vocabulary for an intermediate student - far from “essential”. In fact, few native speakers would know what you meant if you used these words out of context. Also, the Chinese reader speaks very unclearly with what sounds like a regional accent. For example, he doesn’t pronounce the “g” sound in “cheng”. Considering “chen” and “cheng” are completely different words, it’s very unhelpful for non-native speakers. Finally, the order or the words is bizarre. For example, the expression “last month” and “last year” are used before they teach you the words for “month” and “year”. Worse, the word for “helicopter rotor” is used before counting from 1 to 10. I don’t see how this is useable by anyone and I don’t understand why so little thought has been put into it.

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Do not buy

Just a few minutes I to the audio book and it’s the most uninteresting Chinese audio book so far. I senseless list of unrelated items which are not explained and the Chinese speaker isn’t clear. I wish I had red the reviews before I bought this. There is not much to learn here, and for a beginner this is not only a waste of time but it’ll make you not want to learn Chinese.