Pimsleur language CDs have served me well on my first steps to acquiring Mandarin and now Cantonese. Slightly repetitive, but they do help to jam the correct order of how to say things into your head. No substitute for real in-person lessons, but when you’re in pre-departure mode and want some basics, the CDs are a godsend.
With all those caveats in place: for the love of God, some of the dialogue could use a re-fresh.
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