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Some Resources/Suggestions from Learning Mandarin

From: Mark
Sent on: Monday, October 22, 2012 8:53 PM



I’m new to the group (been learning mandarin for a little while)  and wanted to share some excellent resources for learning mandarin that I’ve come across.


First of all, a youtube video will help greatly with your pronunciation and pinyin.

There are seven levels in this video series.  Even just the first on will help.  


Also, if you want to learn Mandarin, I was able to quickly build a basic knowledge by using the Pimsleur method.  This program teaches you the basics of the language through audio files… .and an excellent method so that you remember and practice what you learn…  From doing only the first level of 30 lessons I was able to learn numbers, order food, book into hotels, book airline tickets etc  and converse lightly in Chinsese and SHOP!  


Here’s a link to the Pimsleur site.


The lessons as a package are somewhat expensive but at the bottom of the page you can purchase groups of 5 lessons for about $21.95


It was great to see Zhang Pengpeng last week (although like many others had difficulty understanding the level of mandarin…)   I had met him before in Beijing.  He is a very knowledgeable and passionate teacher.  His philosophy is very helpful in understanding the pacing of learning. He believes that people learn  speaking, reading and writing at different speeds.  You will likely be able to learn to speak quickly…. But reading will likely be slower, and writing even more slowly…. That seems to be the way students learn mandarin, so be patient with yourself if reading and writing take a little longer to learn than speaking.


Looking forward to meetups and learning from each other…

Mark O’Meara

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