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What did you love best about Chinese (Man) Phase 1, Units 1-30?
There's a lot of repetition so words and expressions gradually stick to your head. No frills, just a very practical learning method. Unlike other language learning audiobooks, instructors don't keep rattling on in English more than three-quarters of the audio time. I also like the long enough pauses in this so that you actually get to say the words you are learning.
Any additional comments?
This learning method is a good one. The sentences and words used are well thought out. But a word of caution. This program provides you with basically no written text. Downloadable material does not contain any transcript for the main part of the material. And I think it is quite difficult to learn Chinese language solely phonetically. It will be so much easier with transcripts of the expressions that appear in the program. I study Spanish language as well using the Pymsleur method. It works better with Spanish which is a phonetically written language. When you hear a sentence in Spanish, you pretty much know how it's spelled. Chinese is not like that. Chinese is a language that relies on each character's meaning. Rather than learning sound for every expresson, learning Chinese characters can really expedite learning. When Chinese characters are combined in different ways, you can still guess the meaning if you know the meaning of those characters. You can't do this with the Pymsleur method unfortunately as it does not involve much Chinese character learning. I use other iPhone apps to supplement this side. That said, repetition in the Pymsleur program is very helpful. Things gradually sink in with massive repetition in this audiobook. Besides, it's really nice to be able to learn a langage while walking around town or in the park. I'm an avid walker.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I find it perfect to ensure words and pronunciation retention. I like it, works for me. I used it in the car all the time. I wish they would have a printed manual as well. It would be ideal.
It repeats the words you've learned previously, adding just the right amount of new words so you don't get frustrated, and then it mixes and matches old and new words to ensure retention. Clear pronunciation which helps me reproduce the sound and correct my intonation.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Chinese (Man) Phase 1, Units 1-30?
When I started knowing the answers to the questions and having the right intonation.
What about the narrator’s performance did you like?
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Definitely not since you need some time to retain, I would replay the previous chapter or at times chapters.
Any additional comments?
I love the method just wish they had a manual with both standard and simplified characters. Would be the perfect companion.
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