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Pimsleur Chinese (Cantonese) Conversational Course - Level 1 Lessons 1-16 CD: Learn to Speak and Understand Cantonese Chinese with Pimsleur Language Programs Abridged Edition

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Editorial Reviews

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"Pimsleur programs provide plenty of positive reinforcement that will keep learners on track, and we found that Pimsleur gave us more proficiency and confidence in speaking the new language than any of the other language programs we reviewed." -- AudioFile Magazine

"EXTREMELY ACCESSIBLE...each section within the lessons is short enough to hold our attention, and there is enough repetition to teach even those who consider themselves slow learners...Pimsleur [programs] are extremely thorough and easy to use -- quite lively!" -- Boston Herald

"Learn French while commuting, German while jogging, Spanish (or Russian, Italian, and Japanese) while cooking all with NO WRITTEN MATERIALS!" -- New York Daily News

"Designed for the ear and not the eye...the lessons provide PERFECT 30-minute bites of work." -- St Louis Post-Dispatch

"Learn to habla español or parlez français before your next trip aboard. The interactive LESSONS CHALLENGE STUDENTS to use new words in conversation instead of memorize them." -- American Way (American Airlines inflight magazine)

"I tried other language programs with little success...This is the best by far!" -- Pamela A. Mitchell, Pilot, International Society of Women Airline Pilots

About the Author

Dr. Paul Pimsleur devoted his life to language teaching and testing and was one of the world’s leading experts in applied linguistics. After years of experience and research, Dr. Pimsleur developed The Pimsleur Method based on two key principles:  the Principle of Anticipation and a scientific principle of memory training that he called “Graduated Interval Recall.”  This Method has been applied to the many levels and languages of the Pimsleur Programs.
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Product Details

  • Series: Conversational (Book 1)
  • Audio CD: 8 pages
  • Publisher: Pimsleur; Abridged edition (February 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743551168
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743551168
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 2.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

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By D. Altman on January 14, 2009
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I'm in my 50s and an absolute beginner at Cantonese. The speakers are clear and easy to follow, the words and conversations are useful right from the start, and the 30 minute format is manageable. I play the disks on my way to work.

Each lesson incorporates what you learned on previous disks into the new conversations, so there's plenty of reinforcement while you learn new words and sentences--no need to feel overwhelmed. I'm on Lesson 9, and on a recent visit to Chinatown I was already able to understand some words and phrases.

A little booklet tells you how to use the disks and how you'll know when you're ready to advance to the next lesson. Although the instructions suggest one lesson per day, I find I usually need 3-5 plays for each lesson before I feel I'm ready. You might need more or less repetitions. I feel confident that I'll be "conversational" in basic Cantonese in a few weeks.

I'm really pleased with this product.
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Although the conversational Cantonese used is correct...many of the word phrases could be greatly improved with more commonplace word usage and phrases. A small written booklet - written in the romanized Yale system for conversational Cantonese would be most help for those of us 21yrs. and older:who's native tongue is English.
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By Mark I on January 4, 2014
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The pimsleur is the best way for me to start learning a language. I'm not the best with languages, but this method gets me up and running the fastest. The Cantonese version did not disappoint. I just wish there were more lessons. Please, take my money!
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My mom is a native Cantonese speaker and she never taught me Cantonese because she was afraid that I would not learn English. So I surprised her and in just three days, I have started speaking a little bit and she understood me. Pimsleur method of teaching works! I have used their other products previously and that's what brought me to this one.
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I have found myself in a situation where it would be helpful to learn Mandarin, Cantanese and Hakka. Rossetta Stone has an excellant Mandarin course but no Cantonese. This system I have found to be easier and less frustrating than Rossetta Stone. The speakers can be easily understood and and explaination is given before and after each lesson. So no waiting a few repetitions before half way figuring out what the people are saying. It is a quick and simple way to learn. My wife was thrilled that I spoke to her in Cantonese in a short couple of weeks that she could understand. Her statement was " You have a better tongue for Cantonese than Mandarin.' I was happy. Get it you'll be happy for it!
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Just Great. I am an audio learner and I love this companies learning method. I started with Mandarin years ago and bought these to add more to my language ability. Very very good to learn the basics correctly and to honor those you are speaking to.
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By Skea on June 30, 2011
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I found this resource ok. It is very basic and aimed at the traveller who wants to know how to meet and greet people in Cantonese. I found the lessons clear and easy to follow but also a little repetitive and not particularly inspiring.
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I've listened to many a language tape for several languages, and while I've never adored any of them, this one is just too painful to listen to. The first few discs consist of a voice saying a phrase, then silence while you repeat, then another phrase, silence, then back to the old phrase, silence, etc. Lots of long pauses and repetition, which could be helpful for someone, but was completely unappealing and boring for me.
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