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Complete Chinese (Mandarin): The Basics (Book and CD Set): Includes Coursebook, 4 Audio CDs, and Learner's Dictionary (Complete Basic Courses)

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Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 2.25" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   1.55 lbs.
Binding  CD
Release Date   Aug 19, 2008
Publisher   Living Language
ISBN  1400024269  
EAN  9781400024261  


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With Living Language Complete Chinese: The Basics, you'll start by learning words, and then you'll progress to phrases, sentences, and conversations. This simple four-step building block approach will have you speaking with confidence right from the beginning, and you'll be able to learn gradually and effectively. Best of all, this comprehensive course includes everything you need - pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, culture, and practice - and it's designed to be effective in a short period of time. So what are you waiting for? With Living Language, you're just a few simple steps away from speaking Chinese! This comprehensive course package includes: *40 step-by-step lessons in a convenient coursebook *4 audio CDs with all the important course content *A comprehensive grammar reference section *Supplemental sections on e-mail and internet resources *An English-Chinese/Chinese-English learner's dictionary *A bonus pocket travel reference

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With Living Language Complete Chinese: The Basics, you'll start by learning words, and then you'll progress to phrases, sentences, and conversations. This simple four-step building block approach will have you speaking with confidence right from the beginning, and you'll be able to learn gradually and effectively. Best of all, this comprehensive course includes everything you need — pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, culture, and practice — and it's designed to be effective in a short period of time. So what are you waiting for? With Living Language, you're just a few simple steps away from speaking Chinese!

This comprehensive course package includes:
•40 step-by-step lessons in a convenient coursebook
•4 audio CDs with all the important course content
•A comprehensive grammar reference section
•Supplemental sections on e-mail and internet resources
•An English-Chinese/Chinese-English learner's dictionary
•A bonus pocket travel reference

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Good for absolute beginner, but several faults  Mar 8, 2008
First of all, this is a book completely based on pinyin, if you want to learn to read and write hanzi (Chinese characters) this book is not for you.

The Good:
* Great for an absolute beginner in Mandarin: it goes out of its way to teach you the tones and pronunciation. In fact the first 5 chapters are devoted to this! Yes there is some non-correlation with the CD but this is corrected by chapter 6, and by chapter 10 it's a non-event.
By the way, don't take this for granted, I have a Korean book by another publisher, it assumes on chapter 1 your mother is Korean...

* Up-to-date and complete CONTENT for tourists and business travelers: chapters on computers and internet, and travel and tourism. In fact every possible basic situation is covered, from the weather, to checking in at the airport!

* The Dictionary included: read below why(!)

The bad:
* Typos with the tones throughout! Yes, you read correct, typos! With Chinese being a difficult tonal language, this is inexcusable...tones might be missing, or might be incorrect altogether...you'll just have to research the word to find the correct tone.

* Vocabulary, or lack thereof...there is no vocabulary at the beginning of the lesson for the new words you are learning. There is a vocabulary at the end of each chapter, which is unrelated to what you just learned! I found myself resorting to the provided dictionary every 5 minutes to figure out words and tones, which makes the dictionary invaluable.

I haven't tried other Mandarin sets, so I can't directly compare it...if you are patient with its faults, it's worth it.
 
If you know how to use it  Feb 2, 2007
I purchased this book/cd set at a local bookstore, hoping it would teach me some basic Chinese. And I was surprised! If you are a good independent learner, than this book should be great. It is very inexpensive (you might as well just forget the cd if you already can master Chinese sounds), and it covers all the basics, including a few useful characters.
WARNING: If you have trouble with memorization, this book may not be for you.
BUT: It is like Pimsleur because it gives you words, and then puts them into phrases. Example:

zao morning
an good
zaoan good morning!

What I like to do is make flash cards of each word in a coversation, and then after I have learned them, review the conversation.
 
They really messed up on this one  Jan 10, 2007
Due to the complex pronunciation system in Chinese, getting started in studying Chinese for a beginner can be quite difficult. So, it makes sense that this book/cd starts with practicing the pronunciation. This portion is essential. BUT, as noted in the other review (which I sorely wished I read before buying this), the order of words/phrases in the CD do not correspond to the book.

For those who have already bought this book, you can decipher the order of reading for the first few lessons. The word lists were probably originally printed in a four column format and then moved to a two column format.
Originally:
A 1 D 4
B 2 E 5
C 3 F 6

(letters are the Chinese words, numbers are the English words)

Then moved to:
A 1
D 4
B 2
E 5
C 3
F 6

The people making the audio recording were obviously reading off of the original format, left column then right column. So, if you understand the difference in structure, you can compensate for this mess.
 
Not what I'd hoped  Nov 10, 2006
I've been spoiled by Pimsleur, having used Pimsleur materials to study other languages. This approach is light years behind and very cumbersome. I don't recommend it.
 
Great intro, but.....  Sep 27, 2006
This set provides a great introduction to Mandarin. This otherwise fine intro does have one large problem with it though....in the beginning chapters, the words and phrases are repeated in a different order than as they appear in the book. Because some of the spellings look similar, it is not possible to discern which word you're actually trying to repeat. This is a pretty sloppy error and should have been spotted.
 

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