Editors Choice – Best Cantonese Language Books
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.
Why is Cantonese an important language to learn?
Chinese-Mandarin might be the most popular language spoken over in China, but Chinese-Cantonese is still used as the main language in Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Cambodia, and other parts of Southeast Asia. If you have considered visiting those parts of the world, or any regions where Chinese-Cantonese is spoken, then you will need to learn the language that is spoken by more than eighty million people worldwide. This language may be a little more difficult to learn than Chinese-Mandarin, however, it is necessary to take the extra time needed to learn Chinese-Cantonese for many reasons. When you learn Chinese-Cantonese, you will find that the world of art will open wide in front of your eyes, because you will find that the traditional characters of the language is used in paintings and poetry. Of course, if you have a career that is continuing to expand, you may find that learning this language will open doors for even more growth in a different part of the world. You will find many opportunities to speak Chinese-Cantonese in the United States as well, because there are many native speakers in New York City and many of the cities on the west coast in California.
Learn to speak Cantonese
How to Fail at Cantonese: A Beginner’s Guide explains why this kind of advice can be misguided, and shows you that there’s no one-size-fits-all solution to learning a language. But in the process of learning “how to fail”, you will also be empowered to build your own road to success!
Essential Cantonese Phrasebook & Dictionary clearly and concisely presents all the everyday words, phrases and expressions you need when traveling to Hong Kong and Canton (Guangdong).
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.
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.