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Simon & Schuster / 2005 / Compact disc

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Dr. Pimsleur's extremely accessible and successful program teaches you language in the same way a native speaker would-through exposure to everyday, normal conversations. Instead of chopping up a foreign language into a little but of grammar with a dash of vocabulary, he presents the language as a complete course. And rather than memorizing repetitive drills that only dull learning, Dr. Pimsleur's "input/output" system of learning actually challenges your brain. By teaching information, and afterwards asking you to recall what you've learned, your brain transitions the language from short term to long term memory, leading to successful fluency. This course is audio based; 5 CDs are included with two 30 minute lessons per CD. There are no workbooks and notetaking is discouraged as speaking and listening is emphasized. CDs come in a black, zippered CD case. This course teaches Mandarin Chinese.

Product Information

Format: Compact disc
Vendor: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 8.50 X 6.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0743550757
ISBN-13: 9780743550758

Publisher's Description

The Pimsleur® Method: the easiest, fastest way to learn a new language. Completely portable, easily downloadable, and lots of fun. You’ll be speaking and understanding in no time flat!
This course includes Lessons 1-10 from the Chinese (Mandarin) Level 1 program - 5 hours of audio-only effective language learning with real-life spoken practice sessions. Get a chance to test drive the incredibly effective and efficient, world-famous Pimsleur Level 1 Program. Each lesson provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation. Practice for vocabulary introduced in previous lessons is included in each lesson. The emphasis is on pronunciation and comprehension, and on learning to speak Mandarin Chinese.

The Mandarin Chinese Language
Over one billion people speak Chinese. The two most common dialects are Mandarin and Cantonese. They are not mutually intelligible. Mandarin is the official language in Mainland China, Taiwan, and Singapore. The Mandarin dialect is used in most Chinese schools, and in most TV programs, movies, and radio stations throughout the country, even in Guangzhou (formerly Canton), where people speak Cantonese in their daily lives. Mandarin is one of the six official languages of the United Nations.

Tech Talk
- CDs are formatted for playing in all CD players, including car players, and users can copy files for use in iTunes or Windows Media Player.

Author Bio

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.

Editorial Reviews

"Pimsleur programs provide plenty of positive reinforcement that will keep learners on track, and we found that Pimsleur gave us more proficiency and confidence in speaking the new language than any of the other language programs we reviewed." -- AudioFile Magazine
"EXTREMELY ACCESSIBLE...each section within the lessons is short enough to hold our attention, and there is enough repetition to teach even those who consider themselves slow learners...Pimsleur [programs] are extremely thorough and easy to use -- quite lively!" -- Boston Herald
"Learn French while commuting, German while jogging, Spanish (or Russian, Italian, and Japanese) while cooking all with NO WRITTEN MATERIALS!" -- New York Daily News
"Designed for the ear and not the eye...the lessons provide PERFECT 30-minute bites of work." -- St Louis Post-Dispatch
"Learn to habla español or parlez français before your next trip aboard. The interactive LESSONS CHALLENGE STUDENTS to use new words in conversation instead of memorize them." -- American Way (American Airlines inflight magazine)
"I tried other language programs with little success...This is the best by far!" -- Pamela A. Mitchell, Pilot, International Society of Women Airline Pilots

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    January 13, 2010
    Susan Mcdaniel
    I have always loved Pimsleur, and own it in French, German, Portuguese and Chinese. It's a GREAT way to start, because it's intuitive and conversational, just like kids learn English. First they learn to speak, and then later learn to write.Because of the tones I have a much harder time with this one than any European one, but it is a lot of fun, and my 5 year old loves trying to learn this "singing language" with me. I've heard that Chinese grammar is much simpler than English, so I'm hoping that if my children learn even just a little bit of Chinese at a young age (so that the tones aren't so foreign to them) they'll be able to pick up more later in life easily.
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