Chinese (Cantonese), Comprehensive

Chinese (Cantonese), Comprehensive

Learn to Speak and Understand Cantonese Chinese with Pimsleur Language Programs
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  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9780743500173
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Description

Includes 30 lessons and culture notes on 16 CDs, plus a culture notes booklet

Cantonese, one of several major languages in China, is mainly spoken in Hong Kong, Guangdong, the Guangxi provinces, and in most overseas Chinese communities in Australia, Europe, and North America. Pimsleur's Cantonese teaches Cantonese as spoken in Hong Kong.

Comprehensive Cantonese Chinese includes 30 lessons of essential grammar and vocabulary -- 16 hours of real-life spoken practice sessions -- plus a Culture Booklet. Upon completion of this program, you will have functional spoken proficiency with the most-frequently-used vocabulary and grammatical structures.

  • In the first 10 lessons, you’ll cover the basics: saying hello, asking for or giving information, scheduling a meal or a meeting, asking for or giving basic directions, and much more. You’ll be able to handle minimum courtesy requirements, understand much of what you hear, and be understood at a beginning level, but with near-native pronunciation skills.
  • In the next 10 lessons, you’ll build on what you’ve learned. Expand your menu, increase your scheduling abilities from general to specific, start to deal with currency and exchanging money, refine your conversations and add over a hundred new vocabulary items. You’ll understand more of what you hear, and be able to participate with speech that is smoother and more confident.
  • In the final 10 lessons, you’ll be speaking and understanding at an intermediate level. More directions are given in the target language, which moves your learning to a whole new plane. Lessons include shopping, visiting friends, going to a restaurant, plans for the evening, car trips, and talking about family.

One hour of recorded Cultural Notes are included at the end of Unit 30. These notes are designed to provide you with some insight into Chinese culture. A Notes Booklet is also included in PDF format.

Description

Includes 30 lessons and culture notes on 16 CDs, plus a culture notes booklet

Cantonese, one of several major languages in China, is mainly spoken in Hong Kong, Guangdong, the Guangxi provinces, and in most overseas Chinese communities in Australia, Europe, and North America. Pimsleur's Cantonese teaches Cantonese as spoken in Hong Kong.

Comprehensive Cantonese Chinese includes 30 lessons of essential grammar and vocabulary -- 16 hours of real-life spoken practice sessions -- plus a Culture Booklet. Upon completion of this program, you will have functional spoken proficiency with the most-frequently-used vocabulary and grammatical structures.

  • In the first 10 lessons, you’ll cover the basics: saying hello, asking for or giving information, scheduling a meal or a meeting, asking for or giving basic directions, and much more. You’ll be able to handle minimum courtesy requirements, understand much of what you hear, and be understood at a beginning level, but with near-native pronunciation skills.
  • In the next 10 lessons, you’ll build on what you’ve learned. Expand your menu, increase your scheduling abilities from general to specific, start to deal with currency and exchanging money, refine your conversations and add over a hundred new vocabulary items. You’ll understand more of what you hear, and be able to participate with speech that is smoother and more confident.
  • In the final 10 lessons, you’ll be speaking and understanding at an intermediate level. More directions are given in the target language, which moves your learning to a whole new plane. Lessons include shopping, visiting friends, going to a restaurant, plans for the evening, car trips, and talking about family.

One hour of recorded Cultural Notes are included at the end of Unit 30. These notes are designed to provide you with some insight into Chinese culture. A Notes Booklet is also included in PDF format.

REVIEWS SUMMARY

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PimsleurChinese (Can) Phase 1, Units 1-30
 
4.7

(based on 12 reviews)

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  • Easy to use (10)
  • It works (10)
  • Portable (9)
  • Perfects accent (6)
  • Fun (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Travel (9)
    • Business/work (7)
    • Family background/heritage (7)
    • Self-improvement (7)
    • Fun (5)
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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Learned more than my Chinese School

    By Marty

    from Vancouver, BC

    About Me Business person

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • It Works
    • Perfects Accent
    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Business/Work
      • Family background/Heritage
      • Self-improvement
      • Travel

      Comments about Chinese (Cantonese), Comprehensive:

      Fantastic program, I learned more than all my years of Chinese school (2 hours a day, five days a week). Please make level 2 Cantonese, PLEASE.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Hugely Helpful, Now Where's Part 2 & 3?

      By MmBuddha

      from UK

      Comments about Chinese (Can) Phase 1, Units 1-30:

      Cantonese is so scarcely represented when it comes to language learning in the West, which is why i'm hugely grateful for having this Pimsleur course, especially since (unlike textbooks) I can work on the intonation so crucial to speaking Cantonese correctly.

      Like some others here, I would like to appeal to Pimsleur to PLEASE release part 2 & 3 of the Cantonese course. Since this language is so hard to learn in the west and yet is the lingua franca of most overseas Chinese communities, I and i'm sure many others would greatly value this continued curriculum. Thank You.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      best way to learn cantonese

      By njc1987

      from WA

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        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Business/Work

          Comments about Chinese (Can) Phase 1, Units 1-30:

          Besides total immersion method of actually living in hong kong, this is the best method available to learn cantonese.
          It will teach you the basics to survive in cantonese speaking areas of china. It is very good at teaching the tones, which is essential for cantonese.
          I would listen to a 30 min lesson about 2-4 times, depending on the difficulty of the lesson. Listening on my way into work and sometimes on the way home, I was able to complete unit 1 in about 2 months. My boyfriends family only speaks cantonese,and they were very very impressed when I came to visit about a month after completing the lessons.
          the 4 start review is because there is only the 1 unit.... PIMSLEUR! PLEASE MAKE MORE UNITS!!! :)

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          cantonese part 2

          By jyoung

          from ontario

          About Me Business person

          Pros

          • Easy to use
          • Fun
          • It Works
          • Perfects Accent
          • Portable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family background/Heritage
            • Self-improvement
            • Travel

            Comments about Chinese (Can) Phase 1, Units 1-30:

            i love Cantonese 1 but when is Cantonese 2 coming?

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Please make a phase 2 and 3!!!

            By CantoMan

            from Hong Kong

            About Me Business person, Traveler

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy to use
            • It Works
            • Portable

            Cons

            • No Phase 2
            • No Phase 3

            Best Uses

            • Business/Work
            • Just for fun
            • Self-improvement
            • Travel

            Comments about Chinese (Can) Phase 1, Units 1-30:

            Very useful and works really well.. Books do not help well with Cantonese, they can be complicated and don't help to easily get the tones right... This provides the right amount of repetition to make sure you remember the words with tones

            Service and delivery comments:

            I thought the product was very useful, and one of the only pure audios which can be listened to without trawling through books.. As mentioned the way this teaches you helps to remember what is said, but also the tones so you say things correct.

            BUT, we really need a phase 2 and 3.. I think there are enough people who would buy these from reading on many forums!! It seems most people's only complaint with this product

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