Pimsleur Chinese (Cantonese) Level 1 MP3

Pimsleur Chinese (Cantonese) Level 1 MP3

Learn to Speak and Understand Cantonese Chinese with Pimsleur Language Programs

  • Format: MP3 ( Also available in: CD )
  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9781442317659
  • Availability: In Stock: Available for immediate download
  • List Price: $119.95

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Learn a new language while commuting, while cleaning the house, or working out. Like millions before you, discover the power of the scientifically sequenced and portable Pimsleur Method.

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Includes 30 lessons and Notes as MP3 download (16 hrs), plus a Notes Booklet and User’s Guide

The Easiest and Fastest Way to Learn Cantonese Chinese
Whether you want to travel, communicate with friends or colleagues, reconnect with family, or just understand more of what’s going on in the world around you, learning Cantonese will expand your horizons and immeasurably enrich your life.

The best part is that it doesn’t have to be difficult or take years to master. Thirty minutes a day is all it takes, and we get you speaking right from the first day. Pimsleur courses use a scientifically-proven method that puts you in control of your learning. If you’ve tried other language learning methods but found they simply didn’t stick, then you owe it to yourself to give Pimsleur a try.

Why Pimsleur?
- Quick + Easy – Only 30 minutes a day.
- Portable + Flexible – Core lessons can be done anytime, anywhere, and easily fit into your busy life.
- Proven Method – Works when other methods fail.
- Self-Paced – Go fast or go slow – it’s up to you.
- Based in Science – Developed using proven research on memory and learning.
- Cost-effective – Less expensive than classes or immersion, and features all native speakers.
- Genius – Triggers your brain’s natural aptitude to learn.
- Works for everyone – Recommended for ages 13 and above.

What’s Included?
- 30, 30-minute audio lessons
- 60 minutes of recorded Notes to provide you some insight into Cantonese Chinese culture
- In total, 16 hours of audio, all featuring native speakers
- a Notes Booklet and a User’s Guide

What You’ll Learn
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. In this phase, more directions are given in the Cantonese 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. You’ll be able to speak comfortably about things that happened in the past and make plans for the future.

One hour of recorded 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.

The Pimsleur Method
We make no secret of what makes this powerful method work so well. Paul Pimsleur spent his career researching and perfecting the precise elements anyone can use to learn a language quickly and easily. Here are a few of his “secrets”:

The Principle of Anticipation
In the nanosecond between a cue and your response, your brain has to work to come up with the right word. Having to do this boosts retention, and cements the word in your mind.

Core Vocabulary
Words, phrases, and sentences are selected for their usefulness in everyday conversation. We don’t overwhelm you with too much, but steadily increase your ability with every lesson.

Graduated Interval Recall
Reminders of new words and structures come up at the exact interval for maximum retention and storage into your long-term memory.

Organic Learning
You work on multiple aspects of the language simultaneously. We integrate grammar, vocabulary, rhythm, melody, and intonation into every lesson, which allows you to experience the language as a living, expressive form of human culture.

Learning in Context
Research has shown that learning new words in context dramatically accelerates your ability to remember. Every scene in every Pimsleur lesson is set inside a conversation between two people. There are no drills, and no memorization necessary for success.

Active Participation
The Pimsleur Method + active learner participation = success. This method works with every language and every learner who follows it. You gain the power to recall and use what you know, and to add new words easily, exactly as you do in English.

The Cantonese Chinese Language
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 Chinese Cantonese teaches Cantonese as spoken in Hong Kong.

Tech Talk
- Lessons can be downloaded using the Pimsleur Course Manager App for iPad, iPhone and Android devices, and Mac or Windows computers, or
- Lessons can be downloaded as a zip file for use in iTunes or Windows Media Player.
- All purchased courses are backed up in your Pimsleur.com cloud-based digital library account.
- Lessons can be played on your iPod or any MP3 player.
- The Pimsleur Course Manager App can be installed on several devices for personal use only.
- Lessons are non-DRM (Digital Rights Management) MP3 files and can be copied onto a CD or DVD for playing in a CD/DVD player.

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Pimsleur Chinese (Cantonese) Level 1 CD

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  • Easy to use (24)
  • It works (22)
  • Portable (22)
  • Perfects accent (18)
  • Fun (11)


  • Pricey / poor value (6)

Best Uses

  • Travel (19)
  • Business/work (15)
  • Self-improvement (14)
  • Fun (12)
  • Family background/heritage (10)
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    • Traveler (12), Business person (10), Student (5), Government employee (3)

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Hong Kongers were suprised

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...Read complete review

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.


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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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By Chris

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Verified Buyer

Comments about Pimsleur Chinese (Cantonese) Level 1 MP3:

The best resource for learning to speak Cantonese I have found


Cantoniese Level 1

By Paula

from Sydney

About Me Traveler


  • Easy to use
  • It Works
  • Perfects Accent


    Best Uses

    • Family background/Heritage
    • Just for fun
    • Travel

    Comments about Pimsleur Chinese (Cantonese) Level 1 MP3:

    Great lessons. I highly recommend if you are interested in learning Cantonese.


    Short lessons, yet effective!

    By Migyanka

    from Alexandria, VA

    About Me Government employee, Traveler

    Verified Buyer


    • Easy to use
    • Fun
    • It Works
    • Portable


      Best Uses

      • Business/Work
      • Travel

      Comments about Pimsleur Chinese (Cantonese) Level 1 MP3:

      I have only been through 5 of 30 lessons. Each are progressively demanding and ensure relative fluency in very popular phrases. Each lesson builds on the previous one and are short enough to learn at lunch time in the office or finding 30 minutes in a quiet place to learn. Can't wait to get thru 30 before I spend 3 weeks in Hong Kong.

      Service and delivery comments:

      The download lessons were immediately available. Now on my MacBook, my iPhone and files in the office; and always available on line at Pimsleur!


      Lessons fantastic. Wish there were more levels!

      By Jen

      from Cleveland, OH


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


      • Not comprehensive

      Best Uses

        Comments about Pimsleur Chinese (Cantonese) Level 1 MP3:

        I am a native speaker and am really pleased with the CDs. My husband used them to learn Cantonese while driving, and every time he spoke Cantonese (albeit limited), my friends and family had no problem understanding him and complemented on how good his pronunciation was. What the course does, it does very well. We wish there were a few more levels of Cantonese! Please make more!


        I might buy another lesson

        By Pstty

        from Biostin

        About Me Government employee

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        • Easy to use
        • Perfects Accent
        • Portable


        • Expensive

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Pimsleur Chinese (Cantonese) Level 1 MP3:

        I used this to refresh my Cantonese

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