Chinese (Mandarin) Level 2

  • by Pimsleur
  • Narrated by Pimsleur
  • 15 hrs and 51 mins
  • Speech

Publisher's Summary

Can learning another language be as easy as speaking your own? Yes - with Pimsleur it's that easy. Learn on your own time, at your own pace, and wherever you choose.
Level 2 includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one additional hour of culture notes and is designed to be used after completing level 1.
In the first 10 lessons of level 2, you begin to use the past tense. Structures become more complex, and informal speech is introduced. Conversations become fuller, and learners are able to discuss business and social activities, manage shopping situations, and express their interests. As you progress, vocabulary is expanded, and fluency increases.
The next 10 lessons of level 2 allow you to further combine and build upon known elements and produce longer and more complex sentences. You learn to bargain with shopkeepers, deal with business situations, get and give medical information, and discuss the weather.
In the final 10 lessons of level 2, you've doubled your vocabulary and have several hundred structures to draw upon. You'll gain experience asking for assistance, finding a location that is some distance away, and using relative structures - faster, slower, etc. Sports and leisure activities are explored as well as shopping, changing money, and future travel plans. By the end of level 2, you're speaking at a mid-intermediate level with near-native pronunciation, and you are comfortable meeting most social demands and limited job requirements.
One hour of recorded cultural notes are included at the end of lesson 30. These notes are designed to provide you with some insight into Chinese culture. A notes booklet is also included in PDF format.

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What the Critics Say

"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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I Can't Recommend Pimsleur Highly Enough

I live in China and almost everyone I talk to is blown away at how fast my Chinese is progressing. A cab driver yesterday said "Ni de jongwen bi wo de jongwen hao" ---Your chinese is better than mine. I have done almost zero studying apart from Pimsleur.

I'm also doing some rosetta stone on the side to cross pollenate, but I've only done 1 lesson of that.

There are times when you feel like you are lost, but that happens with any language, and any method. (I did Spanish through a similar classroom style pimsleur method, not actual pimsleur, but a similar auditory learning style) Keep plodding through and you will get there! Relax and be confident!
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- taylor storey

Excellent but...

The content is excellent worthy of 5 stars but the lack of PDF transcripts is a real pain...which explains the 4 star rating.
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-01-2010
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio