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Mandarin Chinese Courses

Standard Chinese: A Modular Approach
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The focus of this course is on understanding in practical situations, and teaches Mandarin Chinese, the official dialect of the People's Republic of China. The material is organized into modules that deal with concrete situations or language topics; you select the modules that you want to study in the order that you prefer. Each Core module consists of audio CDs, a student textbook, and a workbook, and has from four to eight units. It is recommended that at least Modules 1 and 2 (Orientation, Biographic Information), a third module of your choice, and the Resource Module be studied to achieve basic proficiency in the language. And we also have Standard Chinese in a Book and MP3 Audio Edition, with a regular book and an MP3 audio CD-ROM!
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  Downloads: (MP3 audio and PDF text):
Downloads of the Chinese Modular Course:
Module 1: Orientation | $19 (was $49)!   
Module 2: Biographical Information | $25 (was $49)!   
Module 3: Money | $25 (was $49)!   
Module 5: Transportation | $25 (was $49)!   
Module 8: Travelling In China | $25 (was $49)!   
Module 9: Life In China | $25 (was $49)!   

Modules 1,2,3,5,8, and 9 | (Reduced Price: Was $225, now $75)
now including the Sea Monsters e-book for children, and a 1 year subscription to the MB Language Club!

  Book and MP3 Audio Edition
comes with standard book from the CD Edition, and an MP3 audio disc! Save on the price of CDs!

Module 1:   $59     Module 2:   $59  
Module 3:   $59     Module 5:   $59  
Module 8:   $59     Module 9:   $59    
  CD Version:
Module 1: Orientation - was $239, now $199 - save $40!
Comes with student textbook, workbook, and 9 CDs
Module 2: Biographical InformationWas $269, now $244!
Comes with student textbook, workbook, and 21 CDs
Module 3: Money
Comes with student textbook, workbook, and 17 CDs
Module 8: Travelling In China
Comes with student textbook, workbook, and 10 CDs
Module 9: Life In ChinaWas $145, now $95!
Audio only course with 10 CDs
Modules 1, 2, 3, 8, and 9 on CD (save $250!)
PDF and MP3 files for Unit 1 of Foreign Service Method Chinese
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Chinese On The Go!
iPod Touch Pre-Loaded with Chinese Modules 1-3, and Module 8
We are now offering a package of Chinese Modules 1-3, and 8 pre-loaded on the iPod Touch 8 GB Flash portable music/video/software WiFi enabled handheld. The new iPod lets you take music videos and TV shows on the road. Now you can study your Chinese anywhere, with a portable audio package that is tiny, reliable, and robust! Tune up on your pronunciation, practice your verbs, work on conversation anywhere, with the entire set of lessons of FSI Chinese. The player comes preloaded with all the MP3 audio tracks. With this tiny player, you can carry a year's worth of language lessons, practicing pronunciation and conversation drills with the audio tracks, read a PDF lesson on the Touch, or read or print it out on any computer. We'll also include a set of CD-ROMs of the courses that come preloaded, in case you would rather just use them on a computer the old-fashioned way, and as back-ups in case anything goes wrong.
Complete Chinese On The Go Package
$100 off! Was $495, now $395!
Comes with the complete Chinese Modules 1-3, and Module 8 and the iPod Touch.
More information for Chinese On The Go!...

Linguaphone Comprehensive Acquisition Bundle for Chinese
The Linguaphone Comprehensive Acquisition Course is truly comprehensive instruction. The power and effectiveness of this course is due to the multi-faceted teaching methods that are employed. Many courses on the market today will list everything that you will learn line-by-line. Linguaphone courses teach you the language and how to use it. When you're finished with the course, you will not be able to simply repeat the phrases that you've learned, you will be able to create your own sentences and have your own conversations. Linguaphone will give you the necessary tools to actually use your new language and make it a part of yourself. Through the use of the Comprehensive Acquisition Course, you will quickly train and develop the 4 primary language skills: Comprehension (Listening & Understanding), Speaking, Reading, and Writing. Unlike traditional methods of learning a new language, with the Linguaphone method of language acquisition, you are in complete control of your learning. The courses were created with many different learning styles in mind. You can go as fast or as slow as you see fit. You won't be bogged down with endless, mind-numbing repetition and won't feel left behind.

Pimsleur Comprehensive Mandarin Course
This is a state-of-the-art language learning course for spoken Mandarin. The popular Pimsleur course does not use a book but uses a completely aural approach to language learning, perfect for learning quickly. The course features a proficiency-based system that helps the student learn through listening and speaking practice. 16 CDs. Shipping weight 3 lbs.

Now when you purchase the world-famous Pimsleur Audio Method you receive a free Foreign Service Institute download of the Level 1 course in the same language - we will email you with the download link after your purchase.

Level 1 (CD)  Retail Price $345 - Our Price $199 (You Save $146)
Level 2 (CD)  Retail Price $345 - Our Price $199 (You Save $146)
Level 3 (CD)  Retail Price $345 - Our Price $199 (You Save $146)
All Three Levels (48 CDs)  Retail Price $1035 - Our Price $595 (You Save $440)
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10 minutes a day Series with CD-ROM for Chinese
Imagine speaking a new language! This Book / Interactive CD-ROM Series by Kristine K. Kershul, and Bilingual Books, Inc., will have you speaking a foreign language in no time. You'll communicate with ease and have those travel experiences you've always dreamed of. The 132-page Books are filled with exercises, Sticky Labels, Flash Cards and other study tools which fit cleverly into your daily routine to make learning enjoyable. The new Interactive CD-ROM brings these 10 minutes a day® study tools to your computer so you have more ways to play and have fun with your new language. Soon, you'll be ordering a meal, making new friends and finding your way around town—all in a foreign language. Now you're ready for the trip of a lifetime! (Windows and Mac CD-ROM).

Follow Me Learning Chinese
Your search for the quickest and easiest way to learn Chinese is over! This is the premier Chinese video course, designed by native speakers for individuals and language schools. Follow Me Learning Chinese offers you a unique, comprehensive program on 8 videos and 2 textbooks. You will not find this variety, quality, and quantity of materials anywhere else. An excellent value on a complete Chinese language learning video. 8 VHS videos and 2 textbooks. Shipping weight 5 lbs.

Speaking Chinese in China
A second-year conversation course that teaches Chinese as it is currently being spoken in China. Both Pinyin and Yale translations are employed, so the text can be used regardless of the romanization system the student has already learned. The twenty lessons provide lively and colloquial dialogues iintroducing first- or second-year students to Chinese suitable in China. The lessons demonstrate sentences used in everyday situations and familiarize the student with the simplified characters and pinyin transcription now used. There are drills of new patterns, mini-dialogues to encourage spontaneous speaking, explanatory notes on the proper use of structure and vocabulary, and cultural notes that add illuminating and useful details of social custom. Six cassettes (five hours.) 314 pages. Shipping weight 3 lbs.

Colloquial Chinese
Colloquial Chinese covers all the basics of the Chinese language including grammar and speech. The Colloquial series is our most popular series of language courses, due to its excellent quality, low cost, and amazing range of available languages. These are beginning to intermediate level courses, perfect for travellers, brushing up on skills, or supplementary use. Two CDs and a book are included.