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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:


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

By Jade Jia Ying Wu

InspirLang
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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.

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 (FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY)

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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Learn Cantonese - Level 3: Lower Beginner: Volume 2 (Innovative Language Series - Learn Cantonese from Absolute Beginner to Advanced)

By Innovative Language

InnovativeLanguage.com
Released: 2014-11-25
Kindle Edition (136 pages)

Learn Cantonese - Level 3: Lower Beginner: Volume 2 (Innovative Language Series - Learn Cantonese from Absolute Beginner to Advanced)
 
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Listen to audio lessons, while you read along! Buy or sample now!

Interactive. Effective. And FUN!

Start speaking Cantonese in minutes, and learn key vocabulary, phrases, and grammar in just minutes more with Lower Beginner Cantonese - a completely new way to learn Cantonese with ease! Lower Beginner Cantonese will arm you with Cantonese and cultural insight to utterly shock and amaze your Hong Kong friends and family, teachers, and colleagues.

What you get in Lower Beginner Cantonese:

- 200+ pages of Cantonese learning material (330+ pages in landscape view)
- 25 Cantonese lessons: dialog transcripts with translation, vocabulary, sample sentences and a grammar section
- 25 Audio Lesson Tracks (over 6.5 hours of Cantonese lessons)
- 25 Audio Review Tracks (practice new words and phrases)
- 25 Audio Dialog Tracks (read along while you listen)

This book is the most powerful way to learn Cantonese. Guaranteed.

You get the two most powerful components of our language learning system: the audio lessons and lesson notes.

Why are the audio lessons so effective?

- powerful and to the point - 25 fifteen minute lessons
- syllable-by-syllable breakdown of each word and phrase so that you can say every word and phrase instantly
- repeat after the professional teacher to practice proper pronunciation
- cultural insight and insider-only tips from our teachers in each lesson
- fun and relaxed approach to learning
- effortlessly learn from bi-lingual and bi-cultural hosts as they guide you through the pitfalls and pleasures of Hong Kong and Cantonese.

Why are the lesson notes so effective?

- improve listening comprehension and reading comprehension by reading the dialog transcript while listening to the conversation
- grasp the exact meaning of phrases and expressions with natural translations
- expand your word and phrase usage with the expansion section
- master and learn to use Cantonese grammar with the grammar section

Interactive. Effective. And FUN!

Discover or rediscover how fun learning a language can be with the future of language learning.

Buy or sample this e-Book now!

And start speaking Cantonese instantly!

How to Use

Welcome to Lower Beginner Cantonese! This e-book with audio lessons is a completely new way to learn Cantonese fast! Start speaking Cantonese in minutes with the powerful learning methods you will master in this book.

Stop! Before you go on, get the audio for this book at innovativelanguage.com/books. Follow the instructions there.

Using this e-book is simple. The book is a collection of language learning lessons. Each lesson consists of the following: several audio files (downloaded separately), explanation of the lesson, the transcript of the dialog, the English translation of the dialog, key vocabulary, sample sentences, and a detailed explanation of important grammar.

At the beginning of each chapter, there is text referring to several audio files: a fun audio lesson, a review track and a dialog track. To get the audio, go to innovativelanguage.com/books and follow the instructions there.

The Lesson Track is a completely new way to learn Cantonese! The core of this new approach is a radio talk show format which is fun, new and entertaining. Two teachers will guide you through the dialog-centric lesson. You'll learn about language, culture, current events and more. Best of all, you'll start speaking Cantonese after just one lesson!

The Review Track reinforces what you learn in the lesson. Hear the word, repeat it out loud, then hear the translation. And finally, listen to the Dialog Track while you read the Line-By-Line Transcript.

Get ready to utterly shock and amaze your friends and family, colleagues, and teachers with the powerful information you learn in this book.

Go to InnovativeLanguage.com/books to get your FREE Lifetime account and the audio for this book.

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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 (1)

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 (1)
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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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Chinese (Can) Phase 1, Units 1-30: Learn to Speak and Understand Cantonese Chinese with Pimsleur Language Programs

By Pimsleur

Simon & Schuster Audio
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Chinese (Can) Phase 1, Units 1-30: Learn to Speak and Understand Cantonese Chinese with Pimsleur Language Programs
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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! Cantonese Chinese Phase 1, Lessons 1-30 includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one hour of Culture Notes in thirty, 30-minute lessons. In the first 10 lessons, you'll cover the basics: saying hello, asking for or giving information or preferences, 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 really participate with speech that is smoother and more confident.

In the final 10 lessons of Phase 1, you'll be speaking and understanding at an intermediate level. In this phase, more and more directions are given in the target language, which moves your learning to a whole new plane. You can talk about your immediate family, go on a car trip, and ask for and understand directions. Lessons include shopping, visiting friends, going to a restaurant, plans for the evening and traveling with children. You'll be able to speak comfortably about things that happened in the past and make plans for the future.

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.

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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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

By Innovative Language Learning

Innovative Language Learning, LLC
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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!

Cantonese: a comprehensive grammar (Routledge Comprehensive Grammars)

By Stephen Matthews

Routledge
Released: 2011-02-03
Paperback (536 pages)

Cantonese: a comprehensive grammar (Routledge Comprehensive Grammars)
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Cantonese: A Comprehensive Grammar is a complete reference guide to Cantonese as spoken by native speakers in Hong Kong. It presents a fresh and accessible description of the language, concentrating on the real patterns of use in current Cantonese. This makes it the ideal reference source for all learners and users of Cantonese, irrespective of level, in schools, colleges, universities and adult classes of all types. Moreover, it will provide a lasting and reliable resource for all fluent speakers of the language.

The book is organized to promote a thorough understanding of Cantonese grammar. Arranged by both syntactic categories and language functions, the Grammar provides an in-depth treatment of structures and pays special attention to idiom and speech registers, including trendy language.

Explanations are full, clear and free of jargon. A glossary, extensive index and generous use of cross-references provide readers with easy access to the information they require.

Features include:

  • comprehensive pronunciation section
  • full use of examples from films, advertising and authentic conversations
  • Cantonese-English parallels highlighted throughout the book
  • all examples given in Cantonese characters as well as Yale romanization
  • a Companion Website with supplementary multimedia material.

Stephen Matthews is Associate Professor in Linguistics at the University of Hong Kong and Virginia Yip is Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. They are Directors of the Childhood Bilingualism Research Centre and have previously co-authored: Basic Cantonese: A Grammar and Workbook (Routledge, 1999) and Intermediate Cantonese: A Grammar and Workbook (Routledge, 2000).




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