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Pimsleur Comprehensive Chinese (Cantonese) Level 1 - Discount - Audio 16 CD

Pimsleur Comprehensive Chinese (Cantonese) Level 1 - Discount - Audio 16 CD

Pimsleur Comprehensive Chinese (Cantonese) Level 1 - Discount - Audio 16 CD

Pimsleur Comprehensive Chinese (Cantonese) Level 1

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Comprehensive Chinese (Cantonese) I includes 30 lessons of essential grammar and vocabulary -- 16 hours of real-life spoken practice sessions -- plus a Culture Booklet.

Upon completion of this Level I program, you will have functional spoken proficiency with the most-frequently-used vocabulary and grammatical structures. You will be able to:

* initiate and maintain face-to-face conversations,
* deal with every day situations -- ask for information, directions, and give basic information about yourself and family,
* communicate basic information on informal topics and participate in casual conversations,
* avoid basic cultural errors and handle minimum courtesy and travel requirements,
* satisfy personal needs and limited social demands,
* establish rapport with strangers in foreign countries,

 

About Cantonese Chinese

Standard Cantonese is a variant of Cantonese (Yue) Chinese . It is spoken natively in and around the cities of Guangzhou, Hong Kong, and Macau in Southern China. Standard Cantonese is the de facto official Chinese spoken language of Hong Kong and Macau, and a lingua franca of Guangdong province and some neighbouring areas. It is also spoken by many overseas Chinese of Guangdong, Hong Kong or Macau origin in Singapore, Malaysia, Canada, United States, Australia, Europe and elsewhere. Historically, Cantonese was the most common form of Chinese spoken by overseas Chinese communities in the Western world, although that situation has changed with the increasing importance of Mandarin in the Chinese-speaking world as well as immigration to the West from other countries as well as other parts of China.

Cantonese is usually referred to as a spoken dialect, and not as a written dialect. Spoken vernacular Cantonese differs from modern written Chinese, which is essentially formal Standard Mandarin in written form. Written Chinese spoken word for word sounds overly formal and distant in Cantonese. As a result, the necessity of having a written script which matched the spoken form increased over time. This resulted in the creation of additional Chinese characters to complement the existing characters. Many of these represent phonological sounds not present in Mandarin. A good source for well documented Cantonese words can be found in drama and opera (大戲 daai hei) scripts. Written Cantonese is largely incomprehensible to non-Cantonese speakers because written Cantonese is based on spoken Cantonese which is different from Standard Mandarin in grammar and vocabulary.

"Readings in Cantonese colloquial: being selections from books in the Cantonese vernacular with free and literal translations of the Chinese character and romanized spelling" (1894) by James Dyer Ball has a bibliography of works available in Cantonese characters in the last decade of the nineteenth century. A few libraries have collections of so-called "wooden fish books" written in Cantonese character. Facsimiles and plot precis of a few of these have been published in Wolfram Eberhard's "Cantonese Ballads." See also "Cantonese love-songs, translated with introduction and notes by Cecil Clementi" (1904) or a newer translation of these Yue Ou in "Cantonese love songs : an English translation of Jiu Ji-yung's Cantonese songs of the early 19th century" (1992). Cantonese character versions of the Bible, Pilgrims Progress, and Peep of Day as well as simple catechisms were published by mission presses. The special Cantonese characters used in all these was not standardized and shows wide variation.

With the advent of the computer and standardization of character sets specifically for Cantonese, many printed materials in predominantly Cantonese speaking areas of the world are written to cater to their population with these written Cantonese characters. As a result, mainstream media such as newspapers and magazines have become progressively less conservative and more colloquial in their dissemination of ideas. Generally speaking, some of the older generation of Cantonese speakers regard this trend as a step "backwards" and away from tradition. This tension between the "old" and "new" is a reflection of a transition that is being undergone by the Cantonese speaking population.

 


The Pimsleur method  is an sounds linguistic communication skill tool cultivated by Dr Paul Pimsluer that highlights energetic engagement over rote memory. For the period of modules, the audience repeats words given by native presenters and produces new sentences by inference. As new sentences are introduced, the listener is inspired to try to remember earlier important phrases. The prompts for any supplied keyword are incrementally positioned out in ever-increasing periods of time. Between Nineteen Sixty Three and 1971, Dr Pimsleur created Greek, French, Spanish, German, and Twi programs while training at the UCLA The Pimsleur method stresses on effectiveness in conversing, in addition as competence in reading. These pair of points are developed through the use of 30-minute training lessons, which are carried out until a ranking of at a minimum eighty% comprehension is achieved before going forward to the next lesson. For the duration of the tutorials, students listen to indigenous speakers of the subject language as they communicate words and phrases in simultaneously the foreign language, coupled with the student’s principal language. At calibrated intervals, learners are persuaded to repeat a word or phrase shortly after paying attention to the presenter. As the learner advances through the program, the period increases, as does the size of the vocabulary. The programs are made up of thirty-minute daily lessons and shorter reviewing modules

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