Hearing not seeing

I procured a copy of Pimsleur’s Mandarin Complete Course 1. As I said before, I like the Pimsleur series. It’s audio based, which usually isn’t a problem for me. I can pop it in the CD player and listen to it on my way to work. But Mandarin is so different from any other language that I’m used to, I’m having a trouble hearing the words right. I need to see how they are spelled phonetically in order to pronounce them correctly. The one downside to Pimsleur is its only audio, there’s no work book to go read along with. Which leads me to to the following conclusions:

1) I need to hear how the words are pronounced

2) I need to see the words I’m trying to say

3) I will probably have to take a language class if I’m going to be ready by the time we leave next year.

I will continue to keep everyone posted on how my language studies are progressing.

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