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Learn Mandarin: Fluenz Mandarin 1+2 for Mac, PC, and iPhone

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Windows 8 / 7 / Vista / XP, Mac OS X
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)

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Product Features

  • We will coach you every step of the way to fluency. Amazing tutors in almost one hundred videos, helpful explanations, and the most immersive platform to practice your speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
  • Follow the full program on your iPhone, online from your computer, or install it in your hard disk from the DVDs included in the red box. Additional audio CDs allow you to practice in your car, additional comprehension MP3s and access to our digital Flashcards make for the best possible learning experience.
  • 45 sessions of up to two and one-half hours each -- the most comprehensive software application covering the first two levels of Mandarin anywhere. This program will guide you in English through the challenges of Mandarin with a proven system.
  • Fluenz blends a video tutor with a range of engaging, interactive workouts to improve your reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills in a unique approach that is currently being used by the US Navy, senior personnel at the UN and UNICEF, executives of Fortune 500 companies, students at Harvard Business School and other leading universities.

System Requirements

  • Platform:    Windows 8 / 7 / Vista / XP, Mac OS X
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • ASIN: B000PRBV74
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 23, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,670 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here


Product Description

Discover Mandarin Chinese through the magic of a great teacher

Fluenz Follow the full program on your iPhone, online from your computer, or install it in your hard disk from the DVDs included in the red box. Additional audio CDs allow you to practice in your car, additional comprehension MP3s and access to our digital Flashcards make for the possible learning experience.

Real explanations
WeÕll break down Mandarin into parts and explain how they work together--nothing like good, common sense explanations.

Every step of the way
Our tutors will be there every step of the way with the tips, tricks, and motivation that will make a difference

No games, just real learning
Our workouts arenÕt simple games, but real practice tied to our step-by-step explanations. Listening, Speaking, Writing, and Reading to success.

Buy a Red Box, get full access
Own the software outright with your own set of DVDs and get access to the full program online, on iPhone, and a series of digital tools to enhance your learning

Are you ready?
Learning Mandarin takes real commitment. Anyone who tells you otherwise is lying. A game or a pen pal wonÕt take you very far. If youÕre willing to put in the hours there is nothing like Fluenz to power your work.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
156 of 164 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars deciding between fluenz and rosetta stone August 30, 2007
When I decided to buy software to learn Mandarin, I thought Rosetta Stone was the only option. Luckily, I came across Fluenz before it was too late. At first, I was intrigued by Rosetta Stone's no-English rule and spent some time with their demo. But after comparing the Rosetta and Fluenz, I started to think the Fluenz method might be better. Sonia Gil, an English-speaking tutor, gives you tools to build phrases, and then sentences. The Fluenz linguists believe, and I tend to agree, that adults learn differently than children. By explaining key things in English, rather than having a bunch of Chinese thrown at them, adults can learn how to say many things very quickly. If you visit the Fluenz site you can see how powerful this is when it comes to learning phrases like "I need a taxi", or "I want a cup of coffee" in the first lessons. It would take weeks or even months for anyone to learn those phrases in Chinese the Rosetta way, by merely pairing images with their corresponding words. It seems difficult to learn a language without a teacher or tutor, and it is impossible to learn Chinese tones without a proper explanation.The Fluenz learning experience is further enhanced by its beautiful design. By comparison, the Rosetta V2 application, though nicely packaged, doesn't seem that up to date (once you pass the demo video, you can actually see what the real interface looks like). But the strongest point for Fluenz is the human element. Sonia takes the learner step by step, building skills that are practiced in a series of very creative workouts covering writing, reading, comprehension and expression. Overall, my experience with Fluenz has been great. I fully recommend the software for anyone interested in Mandarin.
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92 of 95 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good product, still version 1 February 3, 2008
By VW
First of all, I think that Fluenz Mandarin is a pretty good product compared to the others out there. It will get you to speak and understand spoken Chinese relatively quickly. However, probably mostly the mistake on my part, I didn't realize that the program doesn't familiarize you with written Chinese whatsoever. I don't prefer to learn pinyin, which is a set of romanized Chinese words, nor practice writing in it, and native Chinese probably understand very little pinyin, if at all. I'd also would prefer a native Chinese speaker in the lecture (there are plenty of native Chinese speakers in the US who speak perfect English without much accent). Sonja has great pronunciation and understanding of the lessons taught, but I can still notice slight differences, such as how she overstress the fourth tone, almost to the point that she's screaming it (a common practice for those whose first language is non-tonal, including me). Lastly, it's hard sometimes to remember which lesson you're on since it's not marked in any part of each lesson. I have to try to mentally remember which lesson I was in especially if I continue it another day. Fluenz is an excellent program for most people who'd prefer to learn conversational Chinese, but not for someone who would like to learn written Chinese as well.
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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fluenz, best language course for the buck! August 29, 2007
By Caveman
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I ordered Fluenz Mandarin 1+2 for my upcoming tour of China (second tour in 6 months). I want to be able to communicate (even if only slightly) with the Chinese people.

Sonia(Gil)makes understanding and speaking Chinese very easy. ALL new words are explained and pronounced thoroughly and sentence structures are likewise explained. Other language courses may leave you guessing what was really said when converting to English. Not so with Fluenz! That was the selling point for me.

I did have a small problem with tone marked letters jumping out of sequence when doing my lessons and ending up with misspelled words. I got an email response from Fluenz (after they read my review on another site) instructing me how to correct this. It has sped up my lessons significantly and was a pleasant surprise to be contacted by the company without even asking for help!

I don't think you can go wrong by ordering this course. It's on the expensive side, but well worth the price!
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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learn Mandarin! April 30, 2007
Fluenz Mandarin is a comprehensive program for anyone wanting to learn Mandarin Chinese from scratch. It is meant for learners over the age of 13, and it would be quite useful both for those trying to establish a strong foundation before proceeding to more advanced or specialized work, as well as for those who need survival skills for business, travel or casual conversation.

The software follows a Mac aesthetic: clean, elegant, and modern. This philosophy goes well beneath the surface and can be felt throughout the program. The learning system -- which features a tutor on full-motion video guiding the learner every step of the way, a series of relentlessly challenging exercises, and the use of English to "leverage" the learning of Chinese -- are all very innovative. Fluenz Mandarin is composed of 45 sessions that cover essential vocabulary, grammar, and syntax by going over realistic interactions involving restaurants, giving and receiving directions, negotiating cabs and other forms of transportation, shopping, basic conversations, and even the 2008 Olympics. Each session can take up to three hours each, depending on the learner's speed.

Each session opens with the tutor, Sonia Gil, who led the development of the program and who guides the learner from beginning to end. She explains, gives context, motivates, and keeps the whole thing going with stories of her own experience with learning Mandarin in China.

After the introduction, there is a conversation that can be followed with or without subtitles (available in English and pinyin). Sonia follows with an explanation of every word and expression used. This is the heart of the method, since she systematically compares every word and expression in Mandarin with its counterpart in English.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I really like the learning methodology of Fluenz Mandarin
I really like the learning methodology of Fluenz Mandarin, and the product was as represented. The only comment is that as a used software product, I was not initially able to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Craig Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for anyone planning on spending 2+ months in China!!!
I loved this program for learning a bit of basic Mandarin. I loved that it is very interactive. I could see the words, hear the words, practice the words, and then tape my voice... Read more
Published 4 months ago by mandy
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy and effective
This set of discs only teaches you to speak Mandarin Chinese (not read or write). The lessons do a good job of reviewing old mterial and teaching new material. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Giselle Chang
5.0 out of 5 stars Currently the Best I've seen!
About a year ago when I moved to China, I really wanted something to help me learn Chinese as fast as I possibly could. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Roaming Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars High Quality and Effective Learning Tool
I am so impressed with Fluenz Mandarin 1+2. We homeschool, and had been planning on starting Spanish next year. Read more
Published 24 months ago by M&JC
5.0 out of 5 stars Best approach
Easily the most time efficient method of learning that I have used so far. Beware that there is a huge amount of typing involved. Read more
Published on January 7, 2013 by TheDude
5.0 out of 5 stars Great program.
Wow. When I first read the reviews I was all: yeah, right. But it really is very good.

I already knew a few words of mandarin from trying communicate with skincare... Read more
Published on February 14, 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great way to learn basic Mandarin
I bought Fluenz Version F2: Mandarin 1+2 thinking that after I completed the initial course I would order disc 3. I tried to buy disc 3 and almost gave up. Read more
Published on August 10, 2011 by D. Lee
3.0 out of 5 stars Honest Review
Let me start by saying that I'm a big fan of Fluenz language programs. I've purchased the French and Mandarin series from them because I find their approach to be FAR more... Read more
Published on April 25, 2011 by Joonbeams
5.0 out of 5 stars great for actually going to China (+ comparison with Rosetta Stone and...
It's hard to write bulleted lists of pros and cons, because this program does one thing extremely well, and anything it doesn't do has clearly been intentionally omitted. Read more
Published on September 10, 2010 by Maria B
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