• Michel Thomas Method

  • Mandarin Chinese Introductory Course
  • By: Harold Goodman
  • Narrated by: Harold Goodman
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 10-17-07
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Michel Thomas
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (31 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Learn another language the way you learnt your own.
You learnt your own language naturally and enjoyably: now you can learn Mandarin Chinese in the same way.

You'll stick with it because you'll love it.

Use the unique method perfected over 50 years by the celebrated psychologist and linguist Michel Thomas.

This method works with your brain, helping you to build up your Mandarin Chinese in manageable, enjoyable steps by thinking out the answers for yourself.

You learn through listening and speaking: without the pressure of writing or memorising.

You pick up the language naturally and unforgettably.This is the first two hours of the eight-hour Mandarin Chinese Foundation Course. Join teacher Harold Goodman, native speaker Jingtao Deng and two students in a live lesson and within the first hour you will be able to construct simple phrases. You will learn the language with the students, hearing both their successes and their mistakes to keep you motivated and involved throughout the course.
Join the millions of people worldwide who have learnt a new language with the Michel Thomas Method.
©2007 Thomas Keymaster Languages LLC
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Critic Reviews

"A genuinely new way of learning a language." ( Daily Mail)
"Michel Thomas is a precious find indeed." ( The Guardian)
"Learning Spanish with Michel was the most extraordinary learning experience of my life: it was unforgettable." (Emma Thompson)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Gordon on 05-09-08

Great way to learn Chinese

I barely survived French in high school, so I thought there was no way I would really be able to learn a language, but eventually my curiosity and interest got the best of me and I decided to try Chinese since it is structurally easier to learn. Using the Michel Thomas method was a good choice, since I now have a basic understanding of Chinese and would be able to form some basic sentences.

The only downside to the course is that it's so short. Hopefully the full Foundation course can be made available to download. Also, you will not get much vocabulary from this method, but that's okay because once you know how to put things together, you can easily learn new words as you need them and include them in your speech.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Michael on 03-29-08


This is the best Mandarin instruction I've come across; the method is very effective. I've tried Earworms, and a few others (not from Audible). The patience and thoroughness of the course really do make it effortless.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 11-28-09

easiest way to get started with Mandarin

I tried a couple of audio courses and a live class before trying this course. It was only with this one that I feel I have been able to make a real start with Mandarin. Harold Goodman's introduction takes away one's fears and doubts about the language, dispels the idea it is hard and gives the best explanation of tones I've heard. As all Mandarin words are initially quite foreign, unlike with French, German, etc, it is very helpful that he guides you word by word through your initial attempts to repeat the phrases. With other courses you often hear native speakers rattle off whole phrases and this can make it all seem very hard. Here we really do go step by step. Hearing the two learners struggle to get say the words, followed by the correct speech of the native speaker, provides a contrast that enhances one's ability to distinguish the correct phrase. It's better than just hearing correct speech on its own. It also made me feel, "Well, it's not just me that makes mistakes!".

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4 out of 5 stars
By Mike Quinn on 02-23-13

Great Intro but what next?

This is a fantastic introduction to Mandarin Chinese but it is only the first two hours of an eight hour course.

At the time of writing Audible are trying to get the other six hours in their library but as yet that is not the case which is a shame as these first two hours had me hooked.

The only current alternative is to purchase the full and more costly Mandarin course CD's direct from Michel Thomas. Hopefully this changes soon..

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