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Learn Cantonese Language


Hong Kong laws states that English and Chinese are the official languages, but does not state which form of Chinese. Whereas Mandarin and Simplied Chinese characters are the standard in the People's Republic of China, Cantonese and traditional Chinese characters are the de facto standards in Hong Kong.

Here are some books about learning to speak Cantonese:


Books


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Learn to Speak Cantonese I: A Beginner's Guide to Mastering Conversational Cantonese

By Jade Jia Ying Wu

InspirLang
Paperback (136 pages)

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Imagine falling in love with someone, but not speaking the same language as their extended family. This is the case for Gabriel, the narrator of this textbook, who is an American boy learning Cantonese to impress his girlfriend’s mom. In this Cantonese learning book, you will join Gabriel in his first meeting with Jenny’s mother, who is from Hong Kong and can only speak Cantonese. From having dim sum to describing his favorite pastimes, Gabriel will teach you everything you need to know to master basic conversational Cantonese. Free audio and flashcards downloadable from www.inspirlang.com/resource

Complete Cantonese Beginner to Intermediate Course: Learn to read, write, speak and understand a new language (Teach Yourself Complete)

By Hugh Baker

Teach Yourself
Released: 2016-03-01
Paperback (432 pages)

Complete Cantonese Beginner to Intermediate Course: Learn to read, write, speak and understand a new language (Teach Yourself Complete)
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Do you want to develop a solid understanding of Cantonese and communicate confidently with others?
Through authentic conversations, vocabulary building, grammar explanations and extensive practice and review, Complete Cantonese will equip you with the skills you need to use Cantonese in a variety of settings and situations, developing your cultural awareness along the way.

What will I achieve by the end of the course?
By the end of Complete Cantonese you will have a solid intermediate-level grounding in the four key skills - reading, writing, speaking and listening - and be able to communicate with confidence and accuracy.

Is this course for me?
If you want to move confidently from beginner to intermediate level, this is the course for you. It's perfect for the self-study learner, with a one-to-one tutor, or for the beginner classroom. It can also be used as a refresher course.

What do I get?
-26 learning units plus verbs reference and word glossary and revision section
-Discovery Method - figure out rules and patterns to make the language stick
-Teaches the key skills - reading, writing, listening, and speaking
-Learn to learn - tips and skills on how to be a better language learner
-Culture notes - learn about the people and places of China
-Outcomes-based learning - focus your studies with clear aims
-Authentic listening activities - everyday conversations give you a flavour of real spoken Cantonese
-Test Yourself - see and track your own progress

*Complete Cantonese maps from Novice Low to Advanced Low level proficiency of ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) and from A1 Beginner to B1/B2 Upper Intermediate level of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) guidelines.

This pack includes a book and one mp3 CD of audio material.

What else can I use to learn Cantonese?
If you require an absolute Beginner course, you can try our Get Started in Cantonese Absolute Beginner course: 9781444174991

Rely on Teach Yourself, trusted by language learners for over 75 years.

Learn Cantonese - Quick / Easy / Efficient: 2000 Key Vocabularies

By Pinhok Languages

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback (84 pages)

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A curated Cantonese word frequency list

Are you looking for unconventional ways to speed up the process of learning Cantonese? Then this book is exactly what you are looking for. Following the Pareto principle (80/20 rule), this book is built to streamline the learning process by concentrating on the core words and sentence structures that make up everyday conversations. The result is a unique vocabulary book with 2000 of the most important Cantonese words and phrases ordered by their frequency of use.

Who this Cantonese learning book is for:

This book is for beginners and intermediate learners of Cantonese who are self-motivated and willing to spend 15 to 20 minutes a day on learning vocabularies. The simple structure of this vocabulary book is the result of taking all unnecessary things out allowing the learning effort to solely be spent on the parts that help you make the biggest progress in the shortest amount of time. If you are willing to put in 20 minutes of learning every day, this book is very likely the single best investment you can make if you are at a beginner or intermediate level. You will be amazed at the speed of progress within a matter of just weeks of daily practice.

Who this Cantonese frequency list is not for:

This book is not for you if you are an advanced learner of Cantonese. In this case, please go to our website or search for our Cantonese vocabulary book which comes with more vocabularies and is grouped by topic which is ideal for advanced learners who want to improve their language capabilities in certain fields.
Furthermore, if you are looking for an all in one Cantonese learning book that guides you through the various steps of learning Cantonese, this book is most likely also not what you are looking for. This book contains vocabularies only and we expect buyers to learn things like grammar and pronunciation either from other sources or through language courses. The strength of this book is its focus on quick acquisition of core vocabularies which comes at the expense of information many people might expect in a conventional language learning book. Please be aware of this when making the purchase.

How to use this Cantonese workbook:

This book is ideally used on a daily basis, reviewing a set number of pages in each session. The book is split into sections of 25 vocabularies which allows you to step by step progress through the book. Let’s for example say you are currently reviewing vocabularies 101 to 200. Once you know vocabularies 101 to 125 very well, you can start learning vocabularies 201 to 225 and on the next day skip 101-125 and continue reviewing vocabularies 126 to 225. This way, step by step, you will work your way through the book and your language skills will jump with each page you master.

Some final thoughts:

Like many language hacking methods, this book is quite unconventional in its approach, but for a driven person that uses it correctly it can significantly speed up the learning process. Vocabulary books have been around for centuries and as with so many things that have been around for some time, they are not very fashionable and a bit boring, but they usually work quite well – and that is what counts in the end.

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

By Pimsleur

Pimsleur
Released: 2006-02-01
Audio CD (8 pages)

Pimsleur Chinese (Cantonese) Conversational Course - Level 1 Lessons 1-16 CD: Learn to Speak and Understand Cantonese Chinese with Pimsleur Language Programs
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Pimsleur® equals success. Just one 30-minute lesson a day gets you speaking and understanding like no other program.

This course includes Lessons 1-16 from the Chinese (Cantonese) Level 1 Program - 8 hours of audio-only effective language learning with real-life spoken practice sessions. Each lesson provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation. Practice for vocabulary introduced in previous lessons is included in each lesson. Topics include: greetings, numbers, meals, shopping, telling time, scheduling activities, and asking and giving directions. The emphasis is on pronunciation and comprehension, and on learning to speak Cantonese.

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.

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Simon & Schuster's Pimsleur Quick & Simple Cantonese Chinese (No Books! No Classes! Totally Audio!)

By Pimsleur Language Programs

Pimsleur
Released: 2001-02-01
Audio CD

Simon & Schuster s Pimsleur Quick & Simple Cantonese Chinese (No Books! No Classes! Totally Audio!)
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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!

This course includes Lessons 1-8 from the Chinese (Cantonese) Level 1 program - 4 hrs of audio-only effective language learning with real-life spoken practice sessions. Each lesson provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation. Practice for vocabulary introduced in previous lessons is included in each lesson. The emphasis is on pronunciation and comprehension, and on learning to speak Cantonese.

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.

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Pimsleur Chinese (Cantonese)

By Pimsleur

Pimsleur
Released: 2001-06-01
Audio CD

Pimsleur Chinese (Cantonese)
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The Easiest and Fastest Way to Learn Chinese Cantonese
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.

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Learn Cantonese - Level 1: Introduction to Cantonese - Volume 1: Lessons 1-25: Introduction Cantonese #1

By Innovative Language Learning

Innovative Language Learning, LLC
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Learn Cantonese - Level 1: Introduction to Cantonese - Volume 1: Lessons 1-25: Introduction Cantonese #1
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This Audiobook will take you through the basics of Cantonese with Basic Bootcamp, All About, and Pronunciation lessons. The five Basic Bootcamp lessons each center on a practical, real-life conversation. At the beginning of the lesson, we'll introduce the background of the conversation. After the conversation, you'll learn carefully selected vocabulary and key grammar concepts. Next, you'll hear the conversation one time at natural native speed. Finally, practice what you have learned with the review track. In the review track, a native speaker will say a word or phrase from the dialogue. Repeat the words and phrases you hear in the review track aloud to practice pronunciation and reinforce what you have learned.

In the 15 All About lessons, you'll learn all about Cantonese and China. Our native teachers and language experts will explain everything you need to know to get started in Cantonese, including how to understand the writing system, grammar, pronunciation, cultural background, tradition, society, and more - all in a fun and educational format!

The five Pronunciation lessons take you step-by-step through the most basic skill in any language: how to pronounce words and sentences like a native speaker. You'll go from basic concepts to advanced tips and will soon sound like you've been speaking Cantonese your entire life.

Before starting the lessons, go to InnovativeLanguage.com/audiobooks to get the lesson notes for this course, and sign up for your FREE lifetime account.

Learn Cantonese: Word Power 101: Absolute Beginner Cantonese #1

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Master Cantonese with Learn Cantonese - Word Power 101. This audiobook is a completely new way to learn Cantonese vocabulary fast - and for free! Start speaking Cantonese in minutes with the powerful learning methods you will master in this book.

The vocabulary words you'll find in Learn Cantonese - Word Power 101 were hand selected by our Cantonese language teachers as the top 101 most frequently used words in the Cantonese language. Hear the word to master the pronunciation. Then you'll see how the word is actually used in everyday speech with sample sentences and phrases. Learning Cantonese vocabulary has never been easier!

In this audiobook, you'll get:

  • 101 of the most frequently used Cantonese vocabulary words phrases.
  • Audio with authentic native Cantonese pronunciation.
  • Useful and practical sample sentences and phrases.

Purchase Learn Cantonese - Word Power 101 today to start mastering Cantonese vocabulary in the fastest, easiest and most fun way possible!

Learn Cantonese: Must-Know Cantonese Slang Words & Phrases

By Innovative Language Learning LLC

Innovative Language Learning, LLC
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Learn Cantonese: Must-Know Cantonese Slang Words & Phrases
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Do you want to learn Cantonese the fast, fun, and easy way? And do you want to master daily conversations and speak like a native? Then this is the audiobook for you. 

Learn Cantonese: Must-Know Cantonese Slang Words & Phrases by CantoneseClass101.com is designed for beginner-level learners. You learn the top 100 must-know slang words and phrases that are used in everyday speech. All were hand-picked by our team of Cantonese teachers and experts. 

With Learn Cantonese: Must-Know Cantonese Slang Words & Phrases, you unlock: 

  • One-hundred-plus slang words and phrases
  • Twenty-five audio lessons and bonus review tracks 
  • A total of 167 minutes of lessons
  • Bonus 100-plus-page eBook so you can read along 

Here's how the lessons work: 

  • Every lesson is based on a theme  
  • You learn four slang words or phrases related to that theme
  • Our teachers translate and explain how to use each one 
  • Just listen and repeat 
  • Read along with the complimentary PDF eBook 

And by the end, you will have mastered 100-plus Cantonese slang words and phrases! 




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