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Chinese Mandarin Quick and Simple: Pimsleur Language Program (Pimsleur Quick and Simple) [Abridged, Audiobook] [Audio CD]

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14 Nov 2009 Pimsleur Quick and Simple (Book 1)
Quick and Simple Chinese Mandarin includes the first 8 lessons from the Pimsleur Comprehensive Level I. 4 hours, audio-only, effective language learning with real-life spoken practice sessions.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Pimsleur International; 2nd abridged edition edition (14 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671790331
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671790332
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 14.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 426,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy learning 16 Oct 2002
By E Wells
Format:Audio CD
This is the best method of learning a language I have ever come across. Words are introduced gradually and with much repetition.
However, you are also asked to work out sentences for yourself before the Mandarin speaker says them. This gives what you are learning a chance to filter through the brain, and stay.
The meaning of each word is explained as is the pronunciation.
I learn while driving. The first time I do some lessons I feel that I will never remember it, but persevering once or twice more I have and smugly cotninue to the next lesson.
There is constant revision of words previously learnt too.
Well worth the money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good :) 8 July 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I'm totally new to Mandarin Chinese and I haven't listened to all the CD yet but seems pretty good in terms of pronunciation of tones and common phrases they speak. However if you're like me who prefers some book or text to follow along with the pinyin and Chinese simplified characters for a more effective learning, then this isn't sufficient for the learning student. This is only good to those who learn better through audio, as you hear natives speaking fluently and it helps you to master the four tones in Mandarin. The good aspect to this resource is that the conversation gets broken down and repeated to help listeners grasp the basics and having confidence in speaking and listening to Mandarin.
There are also some good podcasts, youtube videos and some apps for learning Mandarin such as ChineseClass101.com
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5.0 out of 5 stars great for the price 26 Jun 2002
By Erica Ford - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This program offers a lot of value for how much it costs. It is the best audio Chinese program you can buy in its price category. Pimsleur did a good job on this one. I particularly appreciated how they explained how to pronounce the pinyin equivalent of "ren." They said that this was pronounced not with a R but a cross between an R and Y. As you know, Mandarin is a language that does not always map 1 to 1 over to English. This great explanation on how to pronounce a difficult word for Westerners learning Chinese typifies the thorough research Pimsleur did to create this program.
34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for the price, but it has it's problems! 14 Mar 2005
By Paul Hann - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have had this Pimsleur product for some time now, and have tried to use in conjunction with assistance from my wife who is a native Mandarin speaker and teacher. It starts well, with lessons 1,2, and 3 teaching you useful greeting, and phrases, but when you get to lesson 4, it goes of at a tangent and starts to teach you how to ask directions to college rd, and longpeace street!This continues until lesson 5, by which time you are thoroughly bored stiff!Then in lesson 6 the pace rapidly speeds up, to a point where you are completely confused.

Many of the phrases are only spoken once, and at normal conversational speed, this is far to fast to be able to comprehend, and to get the pronunciation right, which is very important in Chinese. Some of the phrases are repeated slowly starting at the end of the sentence, word by word, but this is not useful. It would be far better if the phrases were just spoken very slowly, and then again at normal speed.

Personally I do not recommend this product, save your money and put it towards a course that will teach you useful phrases at a more sensible speed, so that you can learn to speak accurately in pronunciation and tone quality. When you live amongst Chinese people as I do, you realise very quickly how important tonal accuracy is!
31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun start to a challenging language 22 Feb 2002
By Rob B. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I'm over half way through the program now and can happily say that I'm not discouraged! I had heard from others who do speak Mandarin that learning outside of an immersive Chinese environment is not possible. I'm no longer convinced that this is true. Mind you, I haven't tried conversing with Chinese co-workers yet (I'm waiting to learn more), but I'm certain that this day will come. I'll be signing on for the 30-tape epic when I'm done with this mini-course.
Oh, get a good book with pinyin in it as a companion. The Basic Chinese (I think -- tall & red) book seems great. I used Lonely Planet & I'm not impressed -- a lot of the terms differ from what Pimsleur is teaching.
39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars if you really care, just get the instant conversation 7 Mar 2005
By Sabs - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
the first four cds of instant conversation are the exact same as the quick and simple cds.

dont waste your money buying both if you really want to learn chinese
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good. You must be disciplined and really practice. 4 Mar 2006
By Kevin K - Published on Amazon.com
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The Pimsleur method is quite effective. A Chinese-American friend said this is a good program. I used it for about a month before traveling to Shanghai and Xian China. The bits I did learn were dead-on. Native Chinese were impressed with the quality of the Mandarin that I did know.

I did also get a phrase book so I could see the actual words, but I didn't look them up until I had practiced them with the CD. Sometimes it is difficult to tell if the speaker is starting a word with a b or d or p sound. This is an excellent program.
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