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iPhone App

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Are you planning to go to China but have no or little experience with Mandarin? "Hello" and "thank you" will only take you so far. If you really want to surprise and impress native speakers, Pick-Up Mandarin is the app for you. Designed by a foreigner well-versed in Mandarin language and culture, each lesson will have you anticipating the answers, allowing you to steer conversations. If you switch back to English after you have used your nine conversations, no one will know how fluent in Mandarin you really are.

Features

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  • High quality audio recordings by native Chinese and American Speakers.
  • Real-world dialogues
  • Designed for those with little to no experience and limited time
  • Easy to understand
  • Includes a vocabulary trainer to put your skills to the test
  • Informative cultural notes
  • Ad-free!
  • No Internet connection needed
  • Ad-free!
  • This app can be used without prior knowledge of Mandarin.
  • It can also be used by intermediate and advanced learners.

Authors

Dr Remo Burkhard

An average skilled language learner from Switzerland. He is a typical full time professional from ETH Zurich and vasp datatecture GmbH with little or no time for learning a new language. Nonetheless, he started learning Mandarin as a hobby and received the Mandarin HSK Level 3 certification after about 3 years of learning. He can now engage in casual conversations. While doing so he found out that memorising a few well thought conversation snipplets will allow beginners to engage in Mandarin faster and more successfully. The ice breaker trick is to avoid typical school book sentences and include up-to date cultural insider knowledge.

Kaitlin Kang Yuchun

Is a full time professional teacher of Mandarin for foreigners. She has trained executives in all industries, as well as Mandarin students and children. Her passion is to develop and apply new methods for accelerated Mandarin learning.

Together, they wrote nine lessons for their clients and friends and the feedback was so good that everyone encouraged the two authors to develop this iPhone App.

"I downloaded it out of curiosity and had great fun and success. Thank you!" (Gilles C., Shanghai)





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