The Pimsleur® Method is scientifically proven to be your fastest route to near-native fluency. Speak and understand Mandarin Chinese in just 30 minutes a day. Level 3 includes another 15 hours of spoken language practice and one additional hour of culture notes and is designed to be used after completion of levels 1 and 2.
The beginning of level 3 offers you the chance to further expand your vocabulary and increase your fluency to an even higher level. In these lessons you'll gain experience participating in many informal and some formal discussions on practical, social, and semiprofessional topics. You'll skillfully form longer, more complex sentences, and, most importantly, you'll find yourself being understood, even by native speakers unused to dealing with foreigners. Understanding a large amount of the conversations you hear, you'll be able to join in effortlessly, confident of being understood.
In the next 10 lessons of level 3, your skills will show ever-increasing mastery of the language. Speaking with grace and complete naturalness, you'll enjoy fluid conversations on many new subjects. Delving deeper into cultural norms and situations, you'll find yourself responding without thinking and able to choose from a wide accumulation of vocabulary and structures.
In the final 10 lessons of level 3, you will be nearing fluency, with agile responses and a natural-sounding, near-native accent. You'll be able to utilize the language in more subtle ways and speak consistently using past, present, and future tenses appropriately. Self-confidence will soar as you experience the language and culture no longer as a foreigner but with a deepening insight into an expanding new world.
One hour of recorded cultural notes are included at the end of unit 30. These notes are designed to provide you with some insight into Chinese culture. A notes booklet is also included in PDF format.
"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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Good but there are drawbacks
Yes, because I want to improve my command of Chinese language.
This learning method is a good one. The sentences and words used are well thought out. But it provides you with basically no written text. And I think it is quite difficult to learn Chinese language only 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.