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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. Learn Cantonese today with Pimsleur. READ MORE »

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PimsleurChinese (Cantonese), Comprehensive
 
4.6

(based on 11 reviews)

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  • Easy to use (9)
  • It works (9)
  • Portable (8)
  • Perfects accent (5)
  • Fun (4)

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    • Travel (8)
    • Business/work (6)
    • Family background/heritage (6)
    • Self-improvement (6)
    • Fun (5)
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    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.

     
    4.0

    best way to learn cantonese

    By njc1987

    from WA

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        • 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!!! :)

        (1 of 1 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

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Best Cantonese course!

          By Michele C. Soccio

          from Antibes, France

          About Me Traveler

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Expensive
          • Poor Listening Part

          Best Uses

          • Just for fun
          • Travel

          Comments about Chinese (Cantonese), Comprehensive:

          I have been practicing using this course for several months, repeating each lesson several time to make the words and the (difficult) pronunciation stay in mind. Too bad for me I'm just traveling to Hong Kong and not living there. But now when I go there I am able to have some very basic conversation.
          However the product is perhaps a little bit unbalanced towards the speaking part: in fact my listening skills have not improved as much as my speaking skills. It has happened that I couldn't understand someone saying some sentence I know and can pronounce very well.
          If I may give a suggestion to other users, it's very important to persist and insist a lot with this language, doing at least half an hour per day. It is also very important to immediately try to use what learned.

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          I really would like to see a Cantonese II part. The Cantonese I is complete for what it can offer within 30 lessons, but it's really too basic.
          It may be also time to modernize a bit all the courses, by adding for example some online listening part followed by questions for self assessment. In fact I believe more listening/comprehension dialogs inside the lessons would improve the course.

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