Fluenz Version F2: Mandarin 1+2+3 (Win/Mac/iPhone)with software DVDs, audio CDs, podcasts, and Navigator. Learn Chinese with the latest upgrade

Fluenz Version F2: Mandarin 1+2+3 (Win/Mac/iPhone)with software DVDs, audio CDs, podcasts, and Navigator. Learn Chinese with the latest upgrade

Fluenz Version F2: Mandarin 1+2+3 (Win/Mac/iPhone)with software DVDs, audio CDs, podcasts, and Navigator. Learn Chinese with the latest upgrade

  • Two audio CDs for additional training, downloadable podcasts, & the handy Fluenz Navigator for on-the-go referencing of important words & phrases.
  • We will coach you every step of the way to fluency. Amazing tutors in hundreds of videos, helpful explanations, and the most immersive platform to practice your speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
  • Follow the full program on your iPhone, online from your computer, or install it in your hard disk from the DVDs included in the red box.
  • Fluenz blends a video tutor with a range of engaging, interactive workouts to improve your reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills in a unique approach that is currently being used by the US Navy, and more.

Fluenz Follow the full program on your iPhone, online from your computer, or install it in your hard disk from the DVDs included in the red box. Additional audio CDs allow you to practice in your car, additional comprehension MP3s and access to our digital Flashcards make for the possible learning experience.The only interactive Mandarin program offering an immersive environment that recreates the best elements of great one-on-one tutoring. A Great Teacher on Your Computer
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3 Responses to Fluenz Version F2: Mandarin 1+2+3 (Win/Mac/iPhone)with software DVDs, audio CDs, podcasts, and Navigator. Learn Chinese with the latest upgrade

  1. J. Luu says:
    29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Best out there, but could be a bit better, November 20, 2010
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    J. Luu (Colorado Springs, CO) –
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    This review is from: Fluenz Version F2: Mandarin 1+2+3 (Win/Mac/iPhone)with software DVDs, audio CDs, podcasts, and Navigator. Learn Chinese with the latest upgrade (CD-ROM)
    There are enough reviews that I won’t bore anyone with the details of this software. I have the latest F2 and was trying to learn Mandarin for my trip to Taiwan. I just got back from that trip. I agree with all the raves about this program and won’t repeat them here. I will list some things that I wish were a bit different:

    1. This is mainland China Mandarin. There are subtle differences in dialect between mainland Mandarin and Taiwanese Mandarin. Some of which can offend people. For instance, don’t call your waiter fuwuyuan in Taiwan. This would translate to ‘servant’ and would not make the waiter happy.

    2. This course is not a great language cram course. The structure is great for comprehensive Mandarin. But if you are in a hurry, I’m not sure this is the best program out there. If you had only a couple of weeks or so, you might want to look else where. How about ‘where’s the bathroom’ or some useful phrases at the beginning? I’m going to continue with this course because I know in the end it’s an excellent course. But for quick learning, look else where. I’ve picked up the Pimlseur Mandarin course, which is better suited for time sensitive learning.

    3. This point builds on my second point. You really are required to learn pinying with Fluenz. This slows down the learning considerably. Not only do you have to remember the words and their meanings, you have to know how to spell them. I get tripped up on all the accent marks. This really slowed me down. During my trip to Taiwan, there is nothing written in pinying. I know pinying is the future, and that it reinforces learning, but I wish there is a way to skip these sections.

    4. My last wish is for a usb dongle. I have a mac air without a dvd drive. Although the folks at Fluenz are wonderful in sending a code that extend the time between dvd reads, it’s just a pain. I’d gladly pay extra for a usb dongle or some other methods of verification.

    Overall I’d say that if you have over 2 months time, and you dedicate lots of time to learning Mandarin, this is the best course out there. For a crammer like me, I’d go with this course for the long run because it teaches writing and structure. But if I’m on a 2 week time line, I’d pick up the Pimsleur course instead.

    Edit 1.14.2011:

    I want to also add that there are some minor bugs in this current version.
    1. In the spelling sections, some times the answer and the questions don’t match.
    2. Some times words appear out of order….you can have to spell words that have not been covered by previous lessons.
    3. There is no consistency in terms of handling capitalizations. Sometimes you have to capitalize the first letter of a sentence, sometimes you don’t.

    Update 1.21.11

    I’m starting to notice more and more bugs in the program as I go along. When I first wrote my review, I’ve completed the first 10 lessons. I started over from lesson one and am now on lesson 18. There are many, many annoying bugs in the program. On lesson 18 in particular. I typed in the exact phrase as given in the ‘answer’ but the word recognition tells me it’s wrong. I couldn’t move on to the next phrase, and ended up having to skip the exercise all together. I’m thinking about knocking one more star from this program. And I’m starting to wonder how many of these reviewer really went through the program in detail.

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  2. Terry Nienhuis says:
    52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The key to the Fluenz advantage, January 13, 2010
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    Terry Nienhuis (Cullowhee, N.C.) –
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    This review is from: Fluenz Version F2: Mandarin 1+2+3 (Win/Mac/iPhone)with software DVDs, audio CDs, podcasts, and Navigator. Learn Chinese with the latest upgrade (CD-ROM)
    I have been using Rosetta Stone Mandarin for two years and Fluenz Mandarin for about three months. I spent July 2008 and July 2009 in Nanjing, China, and I am about to spend nearly four months in Nanjing this year. I believe Fluenz is a superior learning program in many ways, but I think the most important feature is that Fluenz insists that I learn the proper tones for the words I acquire. If I get the word right but the tone wrong, my response is considered inaccurate and I must repeat the exercise until I get the tone right. Since proper tones are the key to communicating clearly with native speakers, Fluenz is, I think, a significantly superior product.

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  3. AmazonFan says:
    77 of 79 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Product!!, January 6, 2010
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    AmazonFan (Los Angeles) –

    This review is from: Fluenz Version F2: Mandarin 1+2+3 (Win/Mac/iPhone)with software DVDs, audio CDs, podcasts, and Navigator. Learn Chinese with the latest upgrade (CD-ROM)

    …(Updated as of 2/2/10)…
    Note that this a modified version of my review from the 1+2 Product (which I rated 4 star). I changed my rating to 5 star for this particular version, as the 3rd cd for an extra $77 makes this product great value, IMO.

    So I just finished all of the lessons in the software. That alone should give this product a couple of stars….I have previously tried many different ways to learn Chinese (books, CDs etc), but each time, I have given up within 3 weeks.

    This product really kept me motivated, because it helped me retain the material! As other reviewers have mentioned, there are a ton of exercises to drill the new vocabulary in, which is so helpful. As background, I am a person who has a really tough time retaining languages….I took 5yrs of French back in High School, but the material just went in one ear and out the other. So the fact that I retained so much due to this product speaks volumes about its effectiveness.

    I attempted each lesson twice….one time, I’d take the full lesson, trying all of the exercises, and typing out all of the answers. The 2nd time, I’d skip some of the questions which I knew well. Now that I am done, I plan on trying all the lessons one more time, just to become a little quicker at translating the spoken Chinese (there are 2 really nice lessons at the end which have long sections of dialogue….its a good way to test how much you have progressed).

    So what have I learned? My wife, who is Chinese born and speaks fluent Mandarin can understand most of the phrases that I say now, which is nice. I haven’t learned enough to carry out a 1min + conversation with her yet, but that’s to be expected, since this product is an introduction to Mandarin. I can basically just ask her a few random questions. I’ll need to move on to a different product now to further my education. If you just want to be able to survive in China on a short vacation, you should be okay (eg you do learn how to order at a restaurant, give instructions to a cab driver, etc).

    Each unit takes about 1-2hrs, depending on your speed. It consists of a thorough review of a spoken passage by the instructor, and then several extremely helpful exercises, which include tasks like speaking the words aloud, matching mandarin with english, and translating english words and phrases into Mandarin (the tones need to be correct as well!)

    PROS (keeping this short, because many other pros mentioned in other reviews – see Fluenz 1+2)
    -As I stated above, this product really works. I am pleasantly surprised with my progress…..not to mention the fact that it kept me motivated to stick with it all the way to the end.
    -There are several exercises that concentrate on pronunciation. The exercises where you tape yourself speaking are especially useful.
    -The podcasts are great! Hopefully they are making more of them. It was a great idea to combine the guy who was just learning Mandarin, with the expert. His mistakes combined with her tips were so helpful (IMO this section is more helpful that the tips given by the main instructor in the software piece).
    -There are 2 exercises which are devoted to tones. These are probably two of the most useful. As you may know, Mandarin is heavily dependent on tones. These exercises say several different words, and you need to figure out which tone is being used. I found this extremely difficult in some cases (maybe its just me?).
    -As you progress further into the product, you are tested on words that you learned a couple of sessions back. It’s a good way to keep everything fresh.
    -The customer service is great. They answered my emails within the hour.

    CONS (most of these are very minor – more nitpicky than anything else)
    -(Note this particular comment refers to 1/2 only. CD 3 has a different instructor, who is a native Mandarin speaker): At the start of each lesson, Sonia takes us through the passage, and gives some comments. While I did like the concept of having an instructor taking us through the dialogue, I do have some complaints about this section. First, and most important, Sonia’s pronunciation is not great (as my Mandarin speaking wife pointed out… she actually started laughing when she heard Sonia’s words in a number of cases). I don’t know why they just didn’t get someone who speaks both Chinese and English fluently to teach this (there are many people who could do this, for example the girl in the podcasts). That said, the exercises are spoken by someone else, and therefore have the correct pronunciation. Also, I didn’t really think the comments offered by Sonia about her experiences added that much value at all (although her trick to remember the word for restaurant was nice).
    -In the exercises where you need to type in the pinyin, and there are multiple ways of saying things which have been taught, the software only accepts the 1 answer. This…

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