I am an international business graduate student and I think it would be very helpful to learn the Mandarin language.
Rosetta Stone is far and away the best language program for acquiring a new language. I have the one for Mandarin and have enjoyed it quite a lot. It uses pictures, native speakers, a system for you to speak into a microphone to compare your pronunciation to that of a native speaker, and it also teaches you to read the Chinese characters. However, there is nothing quite like having a real classroom in which you can ask questions, since Chinese is completely different from European languages. I began learning Chinese from a human teacher, so I still think that was the best! I always seem to end up calling up my old Chinese teacher and asking questions, whatever system I try. If Rosetta Stone is a bit too pricey for you, give “The Learnables” a try. It’s essentially the same immersion technique but not on a computer. It uses a little booklet with CDs or tapes (your choice) for less than half the price. No color, no microphone, and again no teacher. But I thought it was just about as much fun as Rosetta Stone. And I still ended up calling my old Chinese teacher with questions about lesson 3!
on: 27th December 08