Can We Really Have You Speaking Chinese in Just Ten Days?
Lock in fundamental language material after just one listen! Join in simple, every day Mandarin conversations – the kind you really have in a country. Like meeting someone, introducing yourself, ordering a drink. Hard to believe, isn't it? Till you ask yourself one simple question: How did you learn English as a child? Did you wade through text books? Did you struggle with grammar? Did you drive yourself crazy trying to get the accent right?
No. You just "picked it up." You heard adults speak, and you uttered your first word. Well, that's how the Pimsleur method works. It's the natural way to learn Mandarin Chinese.
In easy half hour "bites" on CD, our scientifically sequenced lessons will have you speaking Mandarin the way the Chinese do–or you pay nothing. Guaranteed. Just give it a try.
Why it's Important to Learn Chinese
Mandarin Chinese actually refers to a group of Chinese dialects indigenous to northern and southwestern China. For academic and instructional purposes, these dialects are consolidated into one language which is the basis of Standard Chinese, also referred to simply as Mandarin.
Over the last several decades, China has established itself in the global community as a leader in industry. Learning Mandarin could allow you to pursue a career in diplomacy. Or, if you prefer regular industry, many companies not only have factories and distribution centers in China, but some have outsourced their customer service centers to locations in China, and they require management by personnel who speak both Mandarin and English.
China has also become much more open to tourists in recent years. In order to truly experience the rich cultural heritage and history of the country and its people, speaking Chinese will be a benefit like no other.
Conversational Chinese vs. Academic Chinese
Trying to learn Chinese from a book without any prior exposure to the language can prove to be a most challenging task. Mandarin does not use the Roman alphabet, but a series of symbols, some of which represent letters, but many more which represent words and even phrases or ideas. Two systems of Chinese characters are in use today, making textbook learning of the language even more difficult.
The Pimsleur Approach gives you an advantage in learning Mandarin. Because you learn simply by listening, it's not necessary to memorize thousands of Chinese characters, much less learn how to draw them. By hearing a native Chinese speaker in our audio lessons, you'll quickly learn important phrases such as "I would like…," "My name is…," "Where is the…," and many more. Whether traveling, or communicating with a Chinese person in your community, you'll be able to quickly learn how to hold a conversation and get your point across.
A Logical Way to Learn Mandarin Chinese
Only after 20 years of scientific research did Dr. Pimsleur hit upon the right method to teach language–by watching his own children. Children have the ability to pick up languages quickly and naturally. What makes Pimsleur courses so successful are the specific scientific principles that replicate the speed and ease at which children learn languages. Read more about how this unique system–which has been purchased by the FBI–works.
No matter what situation you find yourself in–making new friends at a party, in a business meeting or negotiation, or just asking the way to the railway station or a good restaurant–you will find Pimsleur has given you the right Mandarin words and phrases, the ones that come naturally, without thinking. Read more about what you'll learn with Pimsleur.
Mandarin Chinese Facts
Mandarin is spoken by approximately one billion people. This is true despite Mandarin being the official language in only three countries: the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, and Singapore.
The government of the People's Republic of China defines literacy as knowing at least 2,000 Chinese characters. Knowledge of approximately 3,000 characters is necessary to read a newspaper, and a well-educated Chinese person can recognize somewhere between 5,000 and 7,000 characters.
Chinese characters are also used in Japanese and Korean. In Japanese, they are referred to as kanji, while in Korean, they are called hanja.