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Berlitz Mandarin Chinese Travel Pack (Berlitz Travel Packs) (Chinese Edition)

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A fast and effective way to learn basic foreign language words and phrases, Berlitz Travel Packs help travelers acquire more than 3,000 key "survival" phrases that will make their trips more successful and comfortable. As part of a meticulous updating program, our most popular languages have been newly revised and recorded to meet the needs of todays business or leisure travelers. Completely portable, they include the best selling Berlitz Phrase Book and an audio recording CD. The audio materials, all recorded by a variety of native speakers, review and reinforce the many phrases, dialogues, and vocabulary of the text. This popular listen and repeat method can also be used independently of the phrase book. Up-to-date usage, helpful cultural tips, and mini-dialogues of typical travel scenarios make Travel Packs the sensible choice for learning foreign words and phrases.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Berlitz Guides
Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.7" Width: 5.7" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  CD
Publisher   Berlitz Guides
ISBN  9812462031  
ISBN13  9789812462039  

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1Books > Special Features > New & Used Textbooks
2Books > Subjects > Reference > Foreign Languages > General
3Books > Subjects > Reference > Foreign Languages > Instruction > Chinese
4Books > Subjects > Reference > Foreign Languages > Instruction > Phrasebooks - General
5Books > Subjects > Travel > Asia > China > General
6Books > Subjects > Travel > Asia > China

Reviews - What do customers think about Berlitz Mandarin Chinese Travel Pack (Berlitz Travel Packs) (Chinese Edition)?

An incredible mistake  Jun 22, 2007
This phrase book will not work in China. The phonetic spellngs are given without tones. That is more or less like leaving out the vowels when you tell someone how to pronounce words in English.

The book actually tells you that "in reality" Mandarin is spoken with tones (p. 7). But it says the tones are hard and so they are left out here. The tones are also necessary. So this book teaches a new made-up version of Mandarin that will not work "in reality."
poorly put together  Feb 7, 2006
While this book and CD offer a basic introduction to Mandarin, the Berlitz people have thoughtlessly broken up this hour-long CD over only eight tracks. This is terribly inconvenient if you want to work on a small section at a time. Also, the first section includes all the introductory material--the jaunty song, etc.--so you have to listen to one and a half minutes of junk before the actual lessons begin. If they had put this material on a track by itself, the user could skip it on repeated listens. Surely the Berlitz people know how language learners are likely to use their audio materials. Why then did they not take the simple step of breaking this material into more easily accessible pieces? This is a thoughtlessly put together product and poor language learning pedagogy to boot.
mandarin trvel pk  Dec 13, 2003
Compared to berlitz edition in cassette tape years ago, this CD edition does not have many things to praise:
While the whole world use PINYN to help foreigners pronounce Chinese words and phrases, Berlitz keeps on using strange notations, perhaps to facilitate the reading of Cantonese, but not mandarin.
The previous cassette edition showed the pronunciation and intonation more Beijing-like.
In the previous cassette edition, there were more/longer pause, so the student could repeat the chinese phrase at ease.
Great as an accompaniment  Mar 11, 2003
As a total beginner to Mandarin, this is a wonderful accompaniment to other reference and learning materials. I don't think this does an effective job of teaching the language by itself but the small book with the audio cassette are very thoughtfully put together.
Nice  Jan 23, 2003
A nice little book to carry around with you while you are traveling. I do not recommend buying the book by itself. You will need some tapes in order to learn the tones because the book does not mark words with tones which will make a lot of what you try to say not understandable! But it is nice to carry around and point to things if you cannot say them.

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