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  • Chinese (Mandarin) Level 1 Lessons 11-15

  • Learn to Speak and Understand Mandarin Chinese with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • Written by: Pimsleur
  • Narrated by: Pimsleur
  • Series: Pimsleur Mandarin Chinese, Book 3
  • Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
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  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Pimsleur® equals success. Just one 30-minute lesson a day gets you speaking and understanding like no other program. 

Chinese (Mandarin) Level 1 Lessons 11-15 builds on material taught in prior units. 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. Each lesson contains practice for vocabulary introduced in previous lessons. The emphasis is on pronunciation and comprehension and on learning to speak Mandarin Chinese. 

Content note: The Mandarin Chinese phrase is qing gen zhe shuo and means "listen and repeat". When first introduced in lesson 11, it's given with the definition and repeated. After that it's given with the definition several more times. You will encounter this with the introduction of new Mandarin Chinese words moving forward, whenever you are told (in Chinese) to "listen and repeat". It is a cue that a new word is coming up. 

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  • Brian Dowrick
  • 2012-09-04

HEY Pimsleur! Try Editing this better.

Overall a good course, but frustrating sometimes. It seems they recorded Learn Chinese, and Learn English (for Chinese) at the same time, and got their editing confused.
MANY MANY times in here, you will hear "Listen and Repeat.... what time is it?"... then you will hear the Chinese speaker say (in Chinese) "Listen and Repeat..... what time is it?", instead of just saying "What time is it?"
It gets very distracting.
The earlier chapters (1-10) do not have this problem... often (maybe 2x).
But 11-15, is almost EVERY dialogue.

Please fix this, so I can give you a 5 star rating.

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  • Karen Bridges
  • 2015-01-29

strange phrase throughout book distracting

A strange phrase is repeated just randomly throughout the book sometimes very frequently other times not so frequently, however throughout every chapter this strange phrase pops in and it's very distracting when you're trying to learn a language. Called customer service for Audible and they did not know what to do and said they would pass it on to the manufacturer, have not heard anything back from the manufacture and it's been at least a month

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  • Gabrielle
  • 2015-08-04

Same problem that Brian Dowrick had (see his post)

same problem others are having, mixed up editing which makes it almost impossible to follow and respond to prompts properly - very frustrating and sad and I worry this will mess with my learning. I have been doing great so far because the editing was good but from unit 11 the quality has dropped significantly.

Same problem that the other reviewer, Brian Dowrick, had.

Please fix it!!!!

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  • Alexraj33
  • 2019-04-01

I would give this 5 stars, but....

I think this is a great way to learn the language, but in this audiobook there is a voice that constantly pops up with a phrase that has nothing to do with what is being taught. The audiobook constantly interrupts itself with this phrase, which gets in the way of the student learning new phrases and teachings. For the price they charge for this book there should be no mistakes like this in the audio. Other than this lack of attention to detail the audiobook is great.

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  • troyohna
  • 2017-04-03

major glitches in audio

throughout this book one speaker continues to repeat the phrase, can you please repeat it, interrupting the actual lessons.

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  • miguel
  • 2018-04-08

It's not a glitch

Any additional comments?

This is where the instructor begins to say "please repeat" in mandarin, instead of english. I guess some people didn't get it and think it's a glitch. Personally, I find it's a lot better if you can listen to instructions like "please repeat" and "listen to this conversation" in mandarin. That way you never have to shift gears, so to speak. And can begin to think and listen as well as speak in mandarin.

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  • busa
  • 2021-04-17

Poor Editing & Teaching the wrong meaning.

So over all I am liking the Pimsleur way of learning, but the editing in this one is terrible. There's chinese mixed with English and random sentences everywhere. There are also a few of the short words that are REALLY hard to understand & they don't explain them very well. Lastly the thing that really got me is in unit 15 they teach you "I can" or "Wǒ kěyǐ" in chinese. This is correct but they give you the complete wrong definition. Wǒ kěyǐ means you are allowed to do something. They explain it as you are ABLE to do something. This is wrong. The word for able in Chinese is Wǒ néng. Chinese is a very simple language in some ways but very complicated in others. Teaching someone the wrong tone or wrong definition of a word is a very easy way to make your sentences wrong or just plain rude.

Very disappointed in Units 11-15, but unfortunately the style of learning they use in these books are VERY effective so I will be continuing on. I am lucky in the fact that my girlfriend is Chinese so I can ask her when words don't seem right to me. Many people buying these don't have another person to double check with if a word is off so they may become confused by this book.

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  • Galen
  • 2020-03-10

necessary program

It should be no detractor that some of the suggested phrases are not exactly how mandarin speakers would translate the English prompt. For example, when counting money mandarin speakers will not use the quantity word “kuai” ren ming as they practice in Pimsleur. My Chinese wife will listen and give such insights while I practice these lessons. Even still, only since using this program has she said my mandarin pronunciation has started to become very good, while she would just laugh at me and not understand anything I tried to say when I was learning from other subscription websites. I am not a smart person, but I look forward to doing these lessons every day as much as I can. It makes me feel proud of myself, as what seems impossible to remember one day will just spontaneously click after a few days repetition. I see a future where I hope to make jokes and have deep conversations with my wife and her family in China.

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  • Charles J. Ferrera
  • 2015-03-22

Learning by listening

The Pimsleur method works exclusively through listening and repeating. There are no "official" written materials, but you can find transcripts on the web. For Mandarin , this method is ideal. The biggest barrier to being understood in Mandarin is learning how to make the sounds properly. This involves two different problems: first, making sounds that you're unaccustomed to making in English and second, making the sound with the proper pitch pattern. Although there is a western-type "alphabet" called pinyin, trying to divine the sound and the pitch from it is virtually impossible. So, here, where you have no written materials, you are not tempted to try to "learn by looking." The lessons keep the number of new vocabulary words down to a minimum and the focus is on learning how to make sentences and, you use what you know in many different settings. The upshot is that if you have "learned" something, it means you know how to use it. This is very different from other methods where you could "know" quite a bit about the language in terms of vocabulary, grammar, etc., but being unable to really utter a sentence or answer a question. I think it's, by far, the best thing there is out there.

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  • RICHARD
  • 2019-09-23

DELIVERS EVERY TIME!

The Pimsleur programs are the best! I recommend them to all trying to learn languages