Learn Chinese and Speak Mandarin

Learn Chinese and Speak Mandarin

Average User Rating:
2.4
out of 12 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.7
  • Total Downloads:
    33,750
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 17, 2006
  • Price:
    Free to try (Dictionary and pinyin sections are enabled); $45.99 to buy
  • File Size:
    1.7MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    6
  • Platform:
    Windows

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1 stars

"SCAM!!!!!!"

March 14, 2011  |  By jcboston69

 |  Version: Learn Chinese and Speak Mandarin 2.7

Pros

None, none, and NONE!

Cons

No service at all.

Summary

Signed up for this program online a week ago. I liked the demo and it looked pretty slick and comprehensive.

They charged the ~$45 to my credit card but DID NOT get access to the site (which the downloadable client needs to verify your account).

I sent several support requests through the online form and got no response.

I replied to the email confirmation of the charge to my credit card. Nothing.

I called my credit card company to try to reverse the charge, and they refused. They found a telephone number in New Hampshire for the company, Covantis, which was listed NOWHERE on the site, and told me I need to call them. I have called several times and got no answer, just an answering machine that sounded like the personal answering machine of some backwoods bumpkin in a double-wide, "Hello. We're not in right now. Please leave a name and number and we'll get back to you."

DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DO BUSINESS WITH THIS COMPANY. THEY ARE NOT WHAT THEY SEEM.

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3 stars

"Lesser value than other options"

August 19, 2008  |  By going2china

 |  Version: Learn Chinese and Speak Mandarin 2.7

Pros

The phrases taught are useful, and this might be of interest to someone new to Chinese.

Cons

The way the phrases are introduced and taught is not very conducive to efficient learning. I would recommend using more structure. Check the progressive approach used by LearnChineseEZ.com to see what I mean.

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2 stars

"confusing and of limited value"

September 02, 2007  |  By gorae

 |  Version: Learn Chinese and Speak Mandarin 2.7

Pros

the dictionary and phrases log are useful as in character library

Cons

pronunciation is highly questionable on many words. I do not believe this is standard Beijing Mandarin as there is no other Manadrin resources that pronounce some words the way this program does. Many sentences are spoken so quickly the words are slurred and the slowed down version is a pathetic joke!

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5 stars

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August 07, 2007  |  By amatoryboy

 |  Version: Learn Chinese and Speak Mandarin 2.7

Pros

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Cons

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3 stars

"Ok for an average person who doesn't know any Chinese"

December 07, 2006  |  By abcinchina

 |  Version: Learn Chinese and Speak Mandarin 2.7

Pros

Has a good dictionary using simplified Chinese while listing them in frequency. So you can study the characters that are used most. There are also many common phrases that you can find the appropriate translation for. I guess its good for conversational Chinese

Cons

Not good for Chinese speakers who just need to learn how to read Chinese characters. The Flash Card system (as well as the whole system) is online-based which is just too slow. For this purpose I downloaded CueCard and had to manually input them in the free program.

*Most importantly, they will not give you back the refund within their given time-line. Also, there is no number to call them to cancel and when you follow the online instructions to cancel and send them a postal mail following their instructions, they will not give you back the money. Then if you send them a support email telling that that you've submitted the request for a refund within the time-line, you will get no response. I suppose you must dispute it from your credit card at this point, in which I just said "forget it"

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1 stars

"Dispicable"

August 08, 2006  |  By sodaguy22

 |  Version: Learn Chinese and Speak Mandarin 2.7

Pros

nothing

Cons

-tries to install trojan

-repeatedly attempts to access internet

-difficult to remove

-no speech recognition

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1 stars

"Can't be used"

June 26, 2006  |  By anakayama

 |  Version: Learn Chinese and Speak Mandarin 2.7

Pros

None.

Cons

It says free to try but there's nothing to try if you don't pay, the program is -blocked-. Very low.

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1 stars

"Don't download unless you got 50 bucks burning a hole in your pocket."

April 17, 2006  |  By Music Pirate

 |  Version: Learn Chinese and Speak Mandarin 2.7

Pros

None.

Cons

Just to try if for the 30 days you have send them 50 bucks. Then they said money back guarantee, but who knows. I wouldn't recommened this unless you got 50 bucks to kill. I don't even no if it works because I'm not paying 50 bucks to just try something.

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Learn chinese
Publisher web site http://www.instantspeakchinese.com
Release Date April 17, 2006
Date Added April 17, 2006
Version 2.7
Category
Category Educational Software
Subcategory Language Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP
Additional Requirements Windows 98/Me/2000/XP
Download Information
File Size 1.7MB
File Name learnchineseandspeakmandarin.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 33,750
Downloads Last Week 6
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations Dictionary and pinyin sections are enabled
Price $45.99

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