Student listens to a short story and repeats different phrases. The student is constantly asked how things are said in Chinese way that stimulates the idea and creates language skills. Pimsleur learns to mix words and phrases like native speakers for a student.
One of the more popular learn Mandarin audio courses is Chinese Pod. This is a web based memory education service with audio texts, and is a review tool. The level is advanced from start to intermediate. Live speaking exercises are available with professional minded teachers. There is a series of downloadable podcasts with specific glossary for various topics ranging from green tea to the Shanghai Expo in Chinese Pod.