Chinese (Can) Phase 1, Units 1-30

Chinese (Can) Phase 1, Units 1-30

Learn to Speak and Understand Cantonese Chinese with Pimsleur Language Programs
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  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9781442317659
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Includes 30 lessons and culture notes (16 hours) as MP3 download, plus PDF user's guide and culture notes

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.

The Pimsleur¨ Method: the easiest, fastest way to learn a new language. Completely portable, easily downloadable, and lots of fun. You'll be speaking and understanding in no time flat! Cantonese Chinese Phase 1, Lessons 1-30 includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one hour of Culture Notes in thirty, 30-minute lessons.

  • In the first 10 lessons, you'll cover the basics: saying hello, asking for or giving information or preferences, 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 really participate with speech that is smoother and more confident.
  • In the final 10 lessons of Phase 1, you'll be speaking and understanding at an intermediate level. In this phase, more and more directions are given in the target language, which moves your learning to a whole new plane. You can talk about your immediate family, go on a car trip, and ask for and understand directions. Lessons include shopping, visiting friends, going to a restaurant, plans for the evening and traveling with children. You'll be able to speak comfortably about things that happened in the past and make plans for the future.


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.

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REVIEWS SUMMARY

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PimsleurChinese (Can) Phase 1, Units 1-30
 
4.5

(based on 18 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (16)
  • It works (15)
  • Portable (13)
  • Perfects accent (10)
  • Fun (5)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (4)

Best Uses

  • Travel (13)
  • Business/work (9)
  • Self-improvement (9)
  • Family background/heritage (8)
  • Fun (8)
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4.0

Great but not perfect

By CHONGYANG

from East Lansing, MI

About Me Student

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to use

Cons

  • No writing component

Best Uses

  • Just for fun
  • Travel

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

the overall quality of this program is great, the pronunciation sounds native and you can truly learn a lot from daily practice . you will copy a sentence at least 10 times during each lesson and things you've learned days ago will be reviewed at a certain point of time in the future. however,the tempo usually is pretty slow, instead of repeating the same thing again and again, i prefer to learn more challenging slang. there are no reading and writing component at all, so basically you're learning like a blind person. especially for the case of Cantonese, a different tone can mean a totally different thing, without letters and words, it can only make this language way harder...

Service and delivery comments:

i want level 2 and 3
add the writing part, and vocabulary list with Chinese letters which users can refer to

 
5.0

Great program!

By Zodiac

from MIami, FL

About Me Business person, Traveler

Pros

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

Cons

  • Expensive

Best Uses

  • Just for fun
  • Self-improvement
  • Travel

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

This program is really good, you do learn for basic level.
please provide more lessons for Cantonese!!
I will buy them.

A lot of people want to learn Cantonese not Mandarin.

 
4.0

Hong Kongers were suprised

By Todd

from Inverness, FL

About Me Traveler

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Only One Course

Best Uses

  • Business/Work

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

Hong Kongers were surprised I knew ANY Cantonese. Most Americans learn Mandarin, even when going to Hong Kong. However, English speakers will have NO trouble in Hong Kong. I never met a person who didn't speak it. Using Cantonese for bargaining is extremely effective and since people around you don't expect that you speak Cantonese, you can frequently eavesdrop on conversations.

While I was escorting an Internationa Sea Cadet Exchange to Hong Kong, I wanted to be prepared. I think it impressed our hosts and broke the ice.

The conversation in the lessons tended to be far too formal at times. I wish a more casual approach (which is all I ever saw used and had to learn myself) was provided.

I ordered in restaurants, greeted people, corrected misunderstanding/mis-translations, and interacted with common people as well as dignitaries briefly, before they switched to English. After pleasantries there isn't enough vocabulary to have conversations. Since there is only one course, it kind of stops here. I wish we had more courses available.

Service and delivery comments:

How to improve? Add informal interactions as well.
I think the buying Gas part was a bit over done. I got bogged down in that. Also, bargaining at more realistic values, not 1 and 2, but 100 and 200 or more HK$ would be more valuable.

I got what I paid for. I don't think I needed anything else. I guess I wish I knew there wasn't any plans on having Cantonese 2 or 3.

 
4.0

Great introduction to Cantonese

By John M

from Toronto

About Me Traveler

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Travel

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

    I borrowed this series from a friend and learned more in 3 weeks than I have learned in years using other methods.

    Service and delivery comments:

    My wish is that Pimsleur would release levels 2 and 3 like they have in the Chinese Mandarin series.

     
    4.0

    A convenient way to learn

    By RT Pilot 1200

    from Vacaville, CA

    About Me Government employee

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • It Works
    • Portable

    Cons

    • Expensive
    • Lacks Vocabulary Building
    • Lack Vocabulary Building

    Best Uses

    • Business/Work
    • Family background/Heritage
    • Just for fun
    • Self-improvement

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

    This is a very convenient way to learn. You're not confined to a desk and computer. Download it and use it virtually anywhere you want. Download it to your smart phone or MP3 player and you're completely mobile. The individual lesson units are at a perfect length. Repetition comes at the right time. Just when I realize I've forgotten how to say something, it comes around again. This manner of reinforcement works great for locking words and phrases in the mind. After a few times, the words and phrases that I keep forgetting becomes engrained in my mind.

    The first twenty-five units has been fairly basic conversation. Hopefully, upcoming units will deal more in everyday things encountered in life such as: door, door knob, clouds, tools, etc. It's somewhat disappointing that after 25 units, only basic greeting and conversation has been covered. I expect more for my investment. At this point in the lessons, you are very limited in vocabulary. Colors and basic everyday words have yet to be introduced.

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