• Chinese (Mandarin) Level 1 Lessons 1-5

  • Learn to Speak and Understand Mandarin Chinese with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • By: Pimsleur
  • Narrated by: Pimsleur
  • Series: Pimsleur Mandarin Chinese, Book 1
  • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Release date: 04-01-10
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • 4.5 (254 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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!
Each lesson in lessons 1 to 5 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.
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Critic 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)
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Customer Reviews

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By Sandy on 01-22-13

Very useful!

I'm writing this review on the beginning units so it will be of use to anybody contemplating trying these lessons. I have all three phases and have been in China and I would highly recommend this course. For me, these have been very useful tools for laying the ground work for speaking Mandarin. With only these lessons I have been able to get around in China and generally convey what I need.

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By Robert W. Drues on 08-11-15

Too inconsistent

What disappointed you about Chinese (Man) Phase 1, Unit 01-05?

sometimes simple words were repeated multiple times with admonitions to pronounce them correctly, while other times, complicated and difficult multi-word phrases were not broken down so that they could be repeated correctly

What was one of the most memorable moments of Chinese (Man) Phase 1, Unit 01-05?

Realizing How difficult the Mandarin language is for an English speaking person to learn.

What didn’t you like about the narrator’s performance?

The phrases were frequently said rapidly by the chinese speaker without breaking them into simpler words. It is good to hear these words as a native speaker would say them, but without the breakdown, it becomes impossible to repeat them

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

A bit of anger at the fact that each lesson also contains the copyright statement. Since each section has 5 or 30 half hour lessons, which usually must be repeated at least 2 or 3 times each, this means listening to the copyright statement perhaps 100 times or more. Is this really necessary.

Any additional comments?

These lessons seem rather high priced compared to usual Audible content. It costs a credit for 5 lessons (2 and a half hours). Compare this to a best seller book which may be 40 hours long, also costing a credit. And the book usually has a rather short time during which it is popular.
Still, using the Pimsleur system on an MP3 player is an efficient way to learn a language, and I will continue pimsleur language courses.
I think, however, that the Mandarin course, from my limited experience with it, is below the standards that I have seen in other Pimsleur courses.

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26 of 28 people found this review helpful

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By Reality Reviewer on 03-02-17

Does what it says on the tin

It does it in a way that makes learning how to speak Chinese a lot easier!! 🙌

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By kate mathews on 01-09-15

Easy to learn

Very helpful but useful if you can use a written version of the text too to help with pronunciation. Repetition in each unit seems to help

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By Michael on 07-15-15

Pretty good

This covers some of the basics of chit chat you might engage in, but I feel it might be better if we had started with more useful scenarios. E.g. The first barrier I had in China was learning to order food. It also seemed that the Chinese expected you to know numbers even if you didn't speak much mandarin so it's a shame that wasn't covered in this section, though I expect it will follow soon. It's also annoying when they teach you to say "I'm American" over and over when I still don't know how to say "Australian".

That said, I feel a definite sense of accomplishment having finished this set and I'm enjoying the pimsleur learning method.

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By Jad Letcher on 02-20-18


If you have a 30 minute commute to or from work, this is brilliant. Just be aware that it does require constant concentration. ThePimsleur indeed does work. Get it now.

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