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Summary

While in school, we learned stuff we probably don’t use today. However, language is essential to almost every aspect of the human condition. How do you expand your business beyond your continent for more sales? How are you going to express your love for the beautiful lady who just walked past? How do you get directions to the magnificent Great Wall? With the knowledge of language, that’s how. 

This book contains a lexicon of some of the most commonly used words in everyday Chinese conversation. It makes use of the age-old learning techniques of repetition and rote memorization to condition the brain for learning Chinese as quickly as possible. In addition, an auxiliary feature called story mode has been included to aid the listener in a test for comprehension. Finally, it should be noted that while this book will aid in a visual recognition and comprehension of words in the Chinese language, students must also understand their proper pronunciations. To help with this, an accompanying audiobook is also available to enable listening lessons. 

And so, from the beautiful city of Beijing, the city of love and all things fashionable, we present to you, The Simple Way to Learn Chinese.

©2018 Lei Xiangjian (P)2018 Bad Creative

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Definitely would recommend

Definitely would recommend to any friend who is interested in learning Mandarin! Get it now

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Wonderful audible

Great for helping you learn basic words and sentence structure, easy to understand. Many of my friends have looked at it and also ordered.

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It's little great audible

After acquiring some knowledge of Chinese, it helps to differentiate some details. You can listen quickly. Without being busy with lots of details, without spending too much time one can learn lots of useful information.

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Easy way to learning Chinese

This is a quick and easy way of learning Chinese characters! A very well designed audible. My students will love it.

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concise

Excellent audible, with a lot of practical examples. I suggest that you repeat every exercise several times before moving to the next one because the tone is extremely important in Chinese.

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nice guide

Good extra reference manual to add to your collection. Very helpful in developing vocabulary and learning basic conversation. One of the best I've found.

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Informative

Yes!!! I am resiliency this audible. Very informative. Thanks. Very orderly presentation with easy to listen to fonts. Well worth the money.

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Great Chinese course

The teaching technique is a combination of multiple methods. It includes audio, repetition, and recognition of Chinese characters. The program detects and reinforces the student's weakness and trouble areas.

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Great supplement to learning Chinese

This is better suited for older or adult Chinese as second language learners rather than for younger children in bilingual households.

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Multiple problems, fake reviews plague this entry

I picked up this audiobook because it was the highest-rated result for "Learn Chinese" on Audible. Having spent some time with it now, I'm incredibly disappointed.

First, the narration is reversed of what makes sense for teaching an English speaker Chinese. All text is said in Chinese first, then the English translation is read after. I can't tell you how many times I heard an English sentence and thought, "Oh, I'd love to know how to say that in Chinese," but it's already been said and gone. You basically have to memorize the Chinese first to learn anything.

The narrator, Tim-Wan Tam, speaks a dialect of Chinese other than Beijing/Standard Chinese, which as a fresh learner, took me hours of listening to even understand was what was happening (he pronounces 是 as "si", 谁 as "sei", etc.). If you're trying to learn Standard Chinese, I would have to recommend a different book. Maybe this would be useful as a dialectical exercise, but the aforementioned reversal of the Chinese/English sentences will still be a problem.

Then there's the fact that Tim-Wan Tam's English, while perhaps OK for carrying on a conversation with him in person, is not good enough (in my opinion) to be teaching people. In another "took me hours of listening to realize it" issue, he makes many mistakes, like pronouncing the past tense of "read" as "reed", and not "red." If you don't realize he's using the Chinese past tense of 读了, you may not even realize it's an issue. I didn't realize it was happening until my learning on Duolingo caught up to my listening in this book.

Further, there are times where his English pronunciation is so poor, I genuinely don't know what he's saying. It's not super common for this to happen, but for example, there's a bit in the Story Mode for Chapter Four where he says "Most clothes have similar [xx] in our shop," and I have no idea what [xx] is supposed to be. I had a friend listen to it, and he can't figure it out either. This is supposed to be the English translation (i.e., the part I *should* understand). This is a problem if you're trying to teach someone a language.

When I came back to this book to start my review, I looked at the existing reviews again. For a book that came out in December of 2018, there was a sudden rush of seven all-5-star reviews in late May of 2020, a year and a half after the book was published. All of these reviews provide no specifics and extremely general (but glowing) praise for the book, then nobody reviewed it again until August of 2020, again in a rush of 13 glowing, but utterly lacking in specifics, reviews. Ace Carr's review titled "Perfectly" includes the sentence "She explains and teaches things perfectly." This book is narrated by a male.

Suffice to say, these reviews are incredibly fishy. I'm not sure the book is so bad it deserves 1 stars, as I have rated it, but I've given it all-1-stars for two reasons: 1. I'm fighting a rush of obviously fake/paid reviews, and I need to balance them out so someone doesn't end up here and get duped into buying the book like I did, and 2. Because I know how *I* look for reviews when I'm looking to purchase a book. Essentially, it's thumbs up or thumbs down. I note the number of positive reviews, then immediately sort by 1-star reviews to get the "real" info about the product. If you're reading this review now, I feel like I did my job.

If I had the text version of this book, I might not be so disappointed, but in just having the audio, I have to recommend you stay far away from this one.

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  • Dion Oleary
  • 09-05-20

Very easy to follow

The audiobook is useful for me to learn Chinese with simple steps. It is very easy to follow, easy to understand.

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  • Cliff Corbell
  • 11-05-20

A great resource for any new person

This Audiobook was exactly what I needed. Easy to listen and apply easy tips.A great resource for any new person.

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  • Abraham Bustillos
  • 10-05-20

I enjoyed this Audiobook very much

Everything in this Audiobook unquestionably makes sense. I discovered this Audiobook in all respects help. An extraordinary listen ever. Thanks, Author for such an incredible Audiobook.

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  • Augustus Ornelas
  • 10-05-20

Interesting listening........

I would consider myself an Advanced Beginner in the Chinese learning spectrum. The Audiobook is a great tool to pull together all of the verb conjugations for me in an accessible story

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  • Charles Butterfield
  • 10-05-20

Very good!

Excellent grammar Audiobook! There are lots of great examples and sentences that help me to understand the language structure.

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  • Fredrick Andreotti
  • 09-05-20

Five Stars

A good Audiobook for learning Chinese. Please make sure you get a teacher to teach you the correct tones

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  • Tim Jenny
  • 09-05-20

The approach is very practical

it goes into more detail about the grammar used in Chinese conversation. Again, the approach is very practical and teaches very specific points with many examples. If you are studying Mandarin, this Audiobook is a must!

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  • Keyla Cummings
  • 24-08-20

Its a very practical

It's a very practical way to learn Chinese because it is a good blend of examples and (important for many people) it explains the rules and the grammar at the same time.

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  • Eddie Grimes
  • 24-08-20

Recommend

Good for beginners easy to understand. love it especially the grammar is very good to explain.