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Next Steps in Mandarin Chinese with Paul Noble - Complete Course

Mandarin Chinese Made Easy with Your Personal Language Coach
Narrated by: Paul Noble
Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
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Take your Mandarin Chinese to the next level with Paul’s tried and tested method guaranteed to deepen your understanding of the language with his easy-to-follow approach. Next Steps is an intermediate course, for non-beginners, which follows on from the Complete Mandarin Chinese Beginner’s course.    

©2019 Paul Noble and Kai-Ti Noble (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Praise for other titles in the Paul Noble range: "More than I ever managed in five years of French at school." (Tom Meltzer, The Guardian)

"I seemed to absorb the phrases taught, without even consciously trying, and quickly felt confident enough to make my own sentences." (Penelope M. Walsh, Canary Wharf Magazine)

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I can speak Chinese!!!! 我会说中文!

So I purchased this book about five weeks ago and I got to the end last week. Another fantastic job, Paul and Kai-Ti! I listened to it while commuting, and some of that was riding a bike. I can't tell you how much pressure it puts on when you're slogging it up a hill, breathing hard, and Paul's in your ear saying, "So how do you say, 'If I were you, I'd go to that restaurant because their dishes are tasty'?" Aaaaargh!!!

So I'm now able to converse a little with the Chinese speaking people in my small town. I'm still very nervous, but the Mandarin is actually working. It's very strange and very exciting to be able to use what I've learned in a natural setting.

Paul's method is based on repetition, and carefully building new concepts on a familiar foundation. In this book he explains how to speak in past and future tenses, how to ask specific questions, how to use 'if' and 'because' etc. As you can see, his focus is NOT on extensive vocabulary. It's on language structure. I think this method is highly useful; there's no sense memorising vocabulary and phrases if you can't 'plug it into' sentence structure.

Highly Recommended.

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  • Barbara
  • 02-03-2019

absolutely the best if you really want to learn

Paul Noble, Kai-Ti Noble and Dirstin(?) are the best teachers. I have learned so much from them and if they are reading this, I want to say thank you, thank you, thank you. Please consider making a 3rd book too! After I completed their first book I felt that I had learned more with that audiobook than I had with many months of studying using other audiobooks, apps and textbooks. This 2nd book had my head spinning. Still is! It's almost too much, but through every hard bit, Paul guides you slowly, with so much repetition and explanation. There is so much that makes his book better than anyone else's book, but the major thing is that he makes you think and speak all the way through. You start speaking sentences very quickly in the first book, not repeating , but actually putting together the pieces that you have been taught to make sentences. This book teaches you much more complex sentence structures, and there were times when my brain just couldn't take it and i had to go back and start over. This book is much harder than the 1st book and there isn't as much time to answer, so he's making us think quicker. You are constantly having to think and put together sentences using the skills he teaches. Everything is explained clearly though and so many things that I partly knew just "click" into place with Paul's explanations. The end result though is that when trying to talk to my Chinese friends in Mandarin, I actually can. I have learned how to stop and think and make sentences. For instance, what is the word for "car" how to do I say "drive car". How do I say, that "your son is going to drive the car over here and pick you and the kids up, you need to wait over there for him". Yes, I actually had to relay that message to my friend's Chinese in-laws while in DC. I was able to make a sentence and be understood by my friend's non-English speaking in-laws. This happened while a group of us were visiting DC and in fact i even stopped and offered to help take a picture of a chinese family, all in rather stunted Mandarin, but I felt confident enough that between what I had learned and a few sign gestures I could make this offer. The students I was with couldn't believe I did that. This book is not just a quickly put together book to make a profit. This is a book that required a lot of planning to make and is made to really help a person LEARN mandarin, not just learn a bit of vocabulary for a tourist visit . By the way, Paul uses different food names throughout the book and it's worth looking up the recipes and making them. Mapo tofu is now one of my specialties, LOL. I wish I could give more stars! take a look at my other reviews and you will see how many other learn mandarin books I own. NONE of them compare to this one. I gave all the other good reviews, because at the time they each helped me some. I wish I hadn't wasted so much time on them though, I learned so much more from this book. This is the one you want!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-02-2019

Good teacher.

Great Teacher and pronounciation. Repetition is Key. Dont worry about pausing everything will come again.

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  • MS B E JONES
  • 31-03-2019

Another excellent course that really works!

I highly recommend this course because it is very effective and continues to develop your language skills, seamlessly, from the end of the first course. Please can we have a "Beyond Next Steps"!

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