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- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; 2nd Edition, 30 Lessons + Notes edition (January 1, 2000)
- Language: Chinese, English
- ISBN-10: 0671790617
- ISBN-13: 978-0671790615
- Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 1.9 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 107 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chinese (Mandarin) I (Chinese) 2nd Edition, 30 Lessons + Notes Edition
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Dr. Paul Pimsleur devoted his life to language teaching and testing and was one of the world’s leading experts in applied linguistics. After years of experience and research, Dr. Pimsleur developed The Pimsleur Method based on two key principles: the Principle of Anticipation and a scientific principle of memory training that he called “Graduated Interval Recall.” This Method has been applied to the many levels and languages of the Pimsleur Programs.
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I've studied Mandarin before and have laboured over vocabulary lists and learning tools for quite a while. I learnt more using Pimsleur in a week, listening in the car on the way to work than in a couple of months of intense study. But, best of all, using these CD's I've done a lot of listening to native speakers, and I do mean a LOT. This for me is always the tricky bit, listening comprehension, and the problem with classes is that you tend to hear a lot of bad, slow, mispronounced speaking by students rather than being immersed in hearing actual Chinese accents speaking perfectly. Books of course are no help at all with either speaking or hearing.
There is something about the way Pimsleur reminds you about vocab at regular intervals that burns the words into your memory. Words have never stuck for me quite as easily as they do with this system.
This is definitely the best thing for me about Pimsleur - you just get to hear SO much speaking and after a while you begin to understand very rapid native speech.
The other great plus of the system is that it keeps you on track - you really need very little self discipline because the course takes charge of the structure of your study. Perfect, if you're a little scatty organising your time. Basically, just put it on - half an hour every day and you will make progress.
I was already a little familiar with Chinese, so I really only needed to listen to any lesson at the most twice. People totally new to Chinese might want to do some of the lessons 3-4 times - it really doesn't matter, you'll come out with a very clear Beijing accent and it all sinks in in time. You're in good hands.
I'm finding that the vocabularly is sufficient to communicate but most importantly, you can structure fairly complex sentences. The nouns come later. For example, you find out how to say "Would you like some tea now?" You also get the names of a few other drinks - beer, coffee etc The program leaves it up to you to discover the name of every drink you'd like to have at your fingertips - the important thing is you know how to formulate many sentences about food and drink. The nouns just enter your vocabulary organically over time.
I can honestly say that after doing Chinese 1, you'll be in very good shape indeed and you have somewhere to go afterwards - Chinese 2 and 3! Don't worry about Characters for the time being, they can come later. I am now convinced you MUST speak before you read. Learn how to talk first, build your confidence, and there is no better start than this excellently produced series to get you on your way.
Other programs tend to cram in too much stuff. After listening couple times, you are still unable to say things well. On the other hand, Pimsleur keeps repeating past lessons out of the blue occasionally and that does help you to remember them. Just be patient and stay at it. I believe you will get there (and hope I get there too). I liked it so much, I purchased (II) as well.
Now, some reviewers complain it doesn't offer 'reading' training etc, but that is not what Pimsleur promised. You need to study the reading in parellel with other resources. I don't know what is the best program for that, but good luck in finding one. Think of how much time (years) you spent in learning English at school...