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Mandarin Chinese: Level 1 (Learn in Your Car) (Chinese) Audio CD – Audiobook, 28 Feb 2005
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Three 60-minute CDs plus a full text listening guide. Level 1: Introduction to key words, numbers, phrases, sentence structure, and basic grammar.
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These CDs are well laid out and concise. The speech is clear and you are given plenty of time to pronounce each word/sentence. You are even provided with a space in between the English word and the first Chinese pronunciation, so that when you become proficient with that particular word you can say it before the Chinese prompt: effectively providing you with mini tests throughout the CD.
The choice of words and phrases came in handy when I was in China. It covered most of the essentials, and provided a good foundation to build on. The lessons progress steadily and introduce one word at a time, meaning you are never flummoxed by alien phrases that require intense concentration.
The already high quality and usability of the CDs is enhanced by the pocket-sized transcript of each lesson.
The only negative aspect of Learn in Your Car Chinese I can identify, is the occasional use of words that are not the most commonly used for that purpose in Chinese speakers. This might be due to the company choosing the most literal word when translated.
I highly recommend this CD pack to anyone planning a trip to China.
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So the quality of the recording, and the graduated nature, or gradual building of the program is crucial. This program builds alright, so that is not the problem here. However, recordings must be realistic, or they are useless to me. Part of being realistic is their speed, and therein lies the problem. These are painfully slow. Learn in your car is not the only Mandarin program I've heard that uses incredibly slow pronunciation, so in that respect it wasn't a surprise. But instead of being a way to reinforce old vocabulary, reinforce grammar, and learn new vocabulary, like it's other programs, this program tries to teach very basic, and very bad, pronunciation by speaking unnaturally slow.
My Chinese friends' most common complaint about foreigners Chinese is that they speak too slowly, and over pronounce. So the gravity of this teaching error shouldn't be underestimated.
I have learned basic pronunciation separately, and I was expecting this program to be at the same level of the others. So I was terribly disappointed to receive something so useless. IMO, this program reinforces bad (way too slow) pronunciation and should not be used for anything.
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