Pimsleur

[28/09/09] 

Get to grips with the Chinese language using the Pimsleur approach

Ever find yourself losing your temper over a taxi driver who doesn’t speak a word of English? Hankering for some local delicacies, but feel embarrassed inviting your Chinese-speaking buddies out to yum cha for the hundredth time?

Life in Hong Kong would be a whole lot easier, if only you could speak the local tongue. It’s tough, we know, especially for the tone-deaf. Good thing there’s a way to crack the code of the Chinese lingo faster than you can say, "Mandonese".

Pimsleur offer CD-delivered language tutorials that teach Mandarin and Cantonese (among other things) quickly and effectively. Typically, purely CD-based educational programmes should be viewed with a healthy dose of scepticism. However, Pimsleur are so confident that their products can penetrate even the thickest of western sculls that, if you’re not creating your own authentic (and rhyming) Chinese pick up lines within 10 days, they’ll give you your money back. Based on a set of 2,500 commonly used words and phrases, Pimsleur sidesteps the long-winded traditional tutorials like a Frenchman in the 1987 World Cup, and enables you to pick up key building blocks to become conversational (though not a calligraphist) very quickly.

Soon you'll be speaking 'Mandonese' in your sleep.

Pimsleur
www.pimsleurapproach.com

The Nuts & Bolts: Learn Mandarin and Cantonese at a rapid pace, guaranteed, with Pimsleur courses.


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