Chinese (Cantonese), Comprehensive

Chinese (Cantonese), Comprehensive

Learn to Speak and Understand Cantonese Chinese with Pimsleur Language Programs

  • This Edition: CD ( Also available in: MP3 )
  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9780743500173
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  • List Price: $345.00

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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.

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REVIEWS SUMMARY

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PimsleurChinese (Can) Phase 1, Units 1-30
 
4.4

(based on 25 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (21)
  • Portable (20)
  • It works (19)
  • Perfects accent (16)
  • Fun (9)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (6)

Best Uses

  • Travel (17)
  • Business/work (14)
  • Self-improvement (14)
  • Fun (11)
  • Family background/heritage (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Business person (10), Traveler (10), Student (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best Cantonese course!

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...Read complete review

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Cantonese speakers do not agree with Pimsleur

The method of learning is great. I enjoyed each lesson and I got to understand Cantonese little by little.
I thought that learning Cantonese would be great since I have many coworkers that...Read complete review

The method of learning is great. I enjoyed each lesson and I got to understand Cantonese little by little.
I thought that learning Cantonese would be great since I have many coworkers that once lived in Hong Kong. Unfortunately, when speaking with them not all the Cantonese words that I have learned matched the words that they know. In some cases it was the way I pronounced Cantonese words but half of the time the words did not even closely matched to those that they are familiar with. I have never been in Hong Kong, so I cannot be 100% sure if the way they speak or the Pimsleur way is the right way. I have now switched to another Cantonese learning course and it will take me some time to find out if your course is right.

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4.0

I might buy another lesson

By Pstty

from Biostin

About Me Government employee

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Perfects Accent
  • Portable

Cons

  • Expensive

Best Uses

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

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

I used this to refresh my Cantonese

 
3.0

Cantonese speakers do not agree with Pimsleur

By Traveler

from Oakland, CA

About Me Student

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Fun
  • Portable

Cons

  • No writing component
  • Questionable speakers accent
  • Questionable words

Best Uses

  • Just for fun
  • Self-improvement

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

The method of learning is great. I enjoyed each lesson and I got to understand Cantonese little by little.
I thought that learning Cantonese would be great since I have many coworkers that once lived in Hong Kong. Unfortunately, when speaking with them not all the Cantonese words that I have learned matched the words that they know. In some cases it was the way I pronounced Cantonese words but half of the time the words did not even closely matched to those that they are familiar with. I have never been in Hong Kong, so I cannot be 100% sure if the way they speak or the Pimsleur way is the right way. I have now switched to another Cantonese learning course and it will take me some time to find out if your course is right.

Service and delivery comments:

Service and delivery is great.

 
5.0

CANTONESE 1 WAS VERY GOOD! WHEN WILL CANTONESE 2 COME?

By JOHN

from BUFFALO NY

About Me Business person, pharmacist and LINGUIST

Pros

  • Fun
  • It Works
  • Perfects Accent
  • Portable

Cons

  • expensive but worth it!!!!!!

Best Uses

  • Business/Work
  • Just for fun
  • Travel

Comments about Chinese (Cantonese), Comprehensive:

I USED MOST OF PART- ONE. IT WAS REALLY GOOD. NOW I AM AFRAID MY EDUCATION IS ALMOST FINISHED----YET THERE ISN'T ANOTHER LEVEL TO GO TO! THERE REALLY SHOULD BE
A SECOND ( AND MAYBE A THIRD) PART.. I WANT MY Language skills to be optimized before i go to Asia !

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Cantonese Lessons

By dmilligan

from Atlanta, GA

About Me Business person

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    This is by far the best way to learn Cantonese. I've tried many others.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    excellent product

    By Reed

    from Stillwater, OK

    About Me Traveler

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Business/Work
      • Self-improvement
      • Travel

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

      If you review the sessions every day, your languagewill develop. It introduces you to the grammer without being tedious. It has helped me recover my lost Cantonese skills, I hope to go further.
      Downside, is that there isn't voice recognition software to help you match sounds and tones with native speakers.

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