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The most convenient way to learn Cantonese the way it is actually spoken and used. Start with our basic lessons, and in no time you'll be listening to music, watching films and television and engaging in the actual language. With free daily podcasts, a vibrant community, online study tools and much more, PopupCantonese is the most powerful and personal way to learn mandarin.

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The most convenient way to learn Cantonese the way it is actually spoken and used. Start with our basic lessons, and in no time you'll be listening to music, watching films and television and engaging in the actual language. With free daily podcasts, a vibrant community, online study tools and much more, PopupCantonese is the most powerful and personal way to learn mandarin.

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Great cantonese lessons

By mathsound - Sep 19 2011
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Wish notes would be included in the podcast

Best around

By Nigogogo - Jul 30 2011
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Love this, they do a great job. I'm learning a lot.

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27 Ratings
Average Ratings
17
4
3
1
2

Great cantonese lessons

By mathsound - Sep 19 2011
Read more
Wish notes would be included in the podcast

Best around

By Nigogogo - Jul 30 2011
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Love this, they do a great job. I'm learning a lot.

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Popup Cantonese

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The most convenient way to learn Cantonese the way it is actually spoken and used. Start with our basic lessons, and in no time you'll be listening to music, watching films and television and engaging in the actual language. With free daily podcasts, a vibrant community, online study tools and much more, PopupCantonese is the most powerful and personal way to learn mandarin.

Rank #1: Basic Cantonese - Critical Phrases #2

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Now that you know how to say hello and goodbye in Cantonese, it's time to stretch your wings and learn to grovel. That's right, today we enter the realm of the always-critical phrases please, thank you and sorry. Life is not all bad though. In addition to learning these words, we'll teach you how to use them to hit on friends and strangers.

Want to learn Cantonese? This is lesson two in our series designed to teach Cantonese to absolute beginners. We're focusing on learning the basics and familiarizing ourselves with the tones here. So as you listen, be sure to click through to our text and vocabulary pages to read our popup annotated transcripts and drill in key vocabulary with our critical vocabulary lists. And if you have any questions? Leave a comment in our discussion section below, or write us anytime at service@popupcantonese.com.

Dec 20 2010

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Rank #2: Intermediate - Nepotism in Action

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The internship program was one of the most prestigious in all Washington State. And while Susan had expected running it to be a challenge, she had not expected the largest hurdles to come from the company's own upper management, which soon began exerting pressure to find space for the sons and daughters of those connected to the board. And so much so that what used to be a program attracting the smartest and brightest in the country was rapidly descending into a day care center for a more privileged elite.

Jul 25 2012

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Rank #3: Advanced - Life as a Running Dog

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This week we're happy to release an advanced show that's one hundred percent native Cantonese. In our studio this week are Aldo and Melody, who take to our studio to chat about relations between Hong Kong and China, and why we don't particularly mind being called running-dogs by certain members of the mainland political establishment. So if you're living in Hong Kong and working towards fluency, give a listen and let us know what you think. And feel free to leave your own thoughts in the comment section below. We'd love to hear from you.

Aug 30 2012

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Rank #4: Basic Cantonese - Critical Phrases #3

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Doesn't it feel good to be getting better? In this Cantonese lesson for absolute beginners we're going to teach you how to tell others that you don't understand. And ask them to repeat themselves. Or ask them to speak a little more slowy. These are extremely useful sentences, and they'll help us reinforce the basics. So grab your mp3 player and start listening!

Want to learn Cantonese? This is lesson three in our Cantonese series designed for absolute beginners to the language. We focusing here learning key words and phrases and practicing the tones. As you listen, be sure to click through to our text and vocabulary pages to read our annotated transcripts and get familiar with the jyutping system that's used to mark tones. And if you have any questions? Leave a comment in our discussion section below, or write us anytime at service@popupcantonese.com.

Dec 24 2010

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Rank #5: Beginner - Where is my wallet?

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In our introduction series, we taught you the most simple way to ask where things are in Cantonese. In this lesson, we introduce another way to find out who has taken your stuff. This is the difference between asking "where is my wallet" and "where's my wallet gone". The first is emotionally neutral, while the second is more colloquial and signals your frustration with the fact that you clearly placed the damn thing on the desk last night and it doesn't have legs so where on earth could it have gone?

Our beginner Cantonese lessons are all dialogue-based lessons that move at the speed you'll hear Cantonese spoken in Hong Kong. So if you're totally new to Cantonese you may find this a bit difficult to dissect. So if you're learning and want to practice these sentences over and over, be sure to visit our online transcript and vocabulary pages, where every sentence and word in our dialogue is accompanied by special audio recordings you can play over and over again. And let us know if you have any questions in the comment section below!

Mar 28 2011

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Rank #6: Elementary - The Art of Comparison

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"I'm not sure if I should get the Aston Martin or the Jaguar XKR," Nicole stared at the glossy automotive magazine, her lunch lying untouched on the table. The growing stream of celebrity endorsements on everything from instant noodles to motor oil was taking its toll on everyone's favorite Cantonese podcaster. "I just wish it were easier to compare high-end performance cars," she sighed....

Learning Cantonese? In our first elementary Cantonese podcast, we take the chance to talk about comparisons. So if you already have a bit of Cantonese under your belt listen in and in less than ten minutes we'll cover the basics of how to make comparisons in the Cantonese language. And if you have any questions or comments? Feel free to leave a note in our discussion section below, or contact us by email. We'd love to hear from you.

May 02 2011

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Rank #7: Advanced - The Power of the Cup Noodles

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Fearful of being forced into marriage against your will? Concerned your prospective husband may be murderous scum and your family putting political allegiances above your health and longevity? Our advanced Cantonese lesson today is a listening test offering practical advice to the modern woman. If you've already been learning Cantonese for a while listen in and see how much you understand.

Note: our Cantonese lesson for today is an advanced listening test. This means we have a relatively lengthy dialogue followed by a short quiz that tests your comprehension. Try listening to our dialogue once and then taking the test. And if you don't quite understand what you've heard? Look for the answers using our annotated online transcript with its word-by-word mouseover popups.

Apr 14 2011

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Rank #8: Basic Cantonese - Critical Verbs #4

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If you've listened to our previous Critical Verb lessons, our fourth installment won't contain anything terribly surprising. Rather than a surprise appearance by David Bowie and impromptu studio versions of China Girl (working on it...), we just review the verbs "to eat", "to want" and "to give". So there is a lot to review here, but also some new stuff as well. In particular, we'll teach you how to put verbs into the past tense, and negate them once they're there.

Learning Cantonese? We've come a long way since our first Cantonese lesson. Back then we started with the tones and learned some basic phrases in Cantonese before moving on to simple sentences using adjectives. After that we moved on to high-frequency nouns and then finally more complex sentences involving verbs. That's a lot of ground to cover, so feel proud about how much you've done. And be sure to come back later this week when our first dialogue-based lesson makes its debut.

Mar 13 2011

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Rank #9: Advanced - Top Five Horrible Restaurants in Hong Kong, Part I

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Now that we're at the advanced level we can afford to be straight with you: Hong Kong is not as perfect as we have led you to believe. Sadly, the city still has the occasional faults. And while there aren't many of them, we'd be doing you a disservice to gloss over the worst this city has to offer. And that's why Nicole is joined today by two friends on a mission to expose the seamy underbelly of everyone's favorite Cantonese-speaking city.

Yes... they're talking about bad restaurants today. If you're in Hong Kong, there's no reason to settle for second best when it comes to dining, and absolutely no reason to lose two days to chronic stomach pain thanks to food poisoning from grotty dim-sum. So join us today for our quick review of what we consider the top restaurants to avoid during your stay in Hong Kong. And if you aren't fluent yet, let the threat of missing this essential knowledge be powerful motivation to keep studying....

Jun 17 2011

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Rank #10: Advanced - Hong Kong Women Never Pay?

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Learning Cantonese? In our advanced show for today we unleash Nicole and the rest of our team in a podcast filled-to-the-brim with our non-expert and possibly-dangerous opinions about your relationship problems. Don't have relationship problems you say? Then prepare to pass judgment on others' problems, because in this episode we delve into the perennial question of who should pay for what in a Hong Kong relationship.

Have a problem and looking for unvarnished advice from people who aren't related to you? The good news is that we've got a solution: write us at nicole@popupcantonese.com and let us know what's bothering you. If you're lucky, we'll feature your problem (properly anonymized) in a future podcast. And let us know what you think of the show too.

Mar 17 2011

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Rank #11: Beginner - Love Triangle

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The three of them had spent the night crying, although for entirely different reasons. Ever since Sandra's affair with Michael had been exposed on national television, her relationship with Sam had been ripped apart. And Michael's friendship with Sam had been tested as well, as undercurrents of anger, jealousy and resentment shifted the ground beneath all three.

If you're just starting to learn Cantonese, we think you'll like this lesson. Our dialogue is fairly simple, but it covers an absolutely essential topic: how to tell people you like them, and perhaps even love them. And we also teach you how to answer. So listen in and when someone asks "do you love me", you'll be ready to answer either way.

Jul 21 2011

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Rank #12: Beginner - The Sleeping Beauty

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"This lesson has nothing to do with Sleeping Beauty," Nicole was feeling pedantic, probably because we'd just given her about fifteen hours of data entry work, and then added annotating this lesson on top. "I mean... what does this podcast even have to do with France." The lack of an answer from our side of the office failed to deter the complaints. "And honestly David, have you ever seen a castle in Hong Kong? There's a reason property prices are so high...."

In retrospect, it may be true that this Cantonese podcast is only loosely based on the classic fairy tale by Charles Perrault. So loosely based that some of you might even say it isn't based at all on the fairy tale. But leaving that aside, this Cantonese lesson is still worth a listen if you're just getting started. Join us and in under ten minutes you'll have enough compliments under your belt to last at least one stop on the Hong Kong metro, which is all it really takes to get a phone number if you meet Mr. or Mrs. Right.

Aug 30 2011

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Rank #13: Beginner - Chocolate Ice Cream

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"You can have any flavor you want," the clerk made a vague waving gesture at the empty shelves, or perhaps the storeroom behind him. Jessica arched her head to gaze behind the counter, but even so only managed to catch a glimpse of a carton of half-melted chocolate ice cream. "Is that the only flavor you have," she blurted out in surprise, visibly relieved when the clerk shook his head and handed her a leaflet describing the store's thirty-one specialties.

Want to learn Cantonese? First things first... we want to thank everyone who stuck with us during our roughly two week hiatus from active lesson publication. Today we're pleased to be back in the saddle with a Cantonese lesson that talks about "kinds" of things, and especially specifying which type of something you want. The language in this Cantonese podcast is fairly simple and covers some core essentials, so if you're just starting out take a listen, and let us know what you think!

Aug 22 2011

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Rank #14: Elementary - Adventures in Pet-Sitting

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Being in the global trade business meant frequent trips around Southern Asia strengthening connections with suppliers. At one time this had been a major benefit of working in the field, and one of the reasons Nancy entered the sourcing industry. Yet this time was different, because no matter how beautiful the scenery, Nancy couldn't help but think of the new puppy she had been forced to leave at home.

It was true that she had only raised Brewster for a few months, but he was already part of the family and completely dependent on her, and God only knows how the poor creature would deal with her week-long absence. So while she'd asked a friend to drop by and take care of him while she was gone, Nancy couldn't help feel that this - her entire lifestyle - was a betrayal of sorts. And she resolved to make it up to him when she returned.

Jun 08 2011

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Rank #15: Basic Cantonese - Critical Phrases #4

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If you know anyone who's been in Hong Kong for any length of time and hasn't listened to Popup Cantonese yet, chances are they're severely dehydrated and nearing death. So do them a favor and let them know help is on its way. In this lesson we learn how to say "this one" and "that one" in Cantonese, and also how to ask others to give you things like water, money and other life-saving essentials.

Attention newcomers: if you're new to Cantonese and are starting from scratch, we recommend starting with our first Cantonese lesson in this series. This Critical Phrases series is a progressive course designed to introduce the tones in Cantonese, and bring you up to the point you'll be able to understand our more advanced dialogue-based lessons. Materials covered in early lessons are reviewed and reinforced.

Dec 28 2010

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Rank #16: Beginner - Borrowing a pen

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This podcast is dedicated to a certain ex-coworker of ours known widely throughout Hong Kong for his uncanny abilities in the art of pen theft. No matter how many we'd buy or where we'd hide them, by the end of the week every single writing instrument in the office would have magically gravitated to his desk. And he was always on the hunt for more.

If you're just getting started learning Cantonese, this podcast will be a bit advanced for you; get started by listening to our Critical Phrases series for Absolute Beginners. Once you've worked through them, join us here for a quick look at asking to borrow things, as well as another way to make requests in general.
And if you have any questions or comments, feel free to write us at service@popupcantonese.com or leave a note in our discussion section below.

Apr 08 2011

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Rank #17: Beginner - Passing Thoughts on Hong Kong Fashion

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We'll admit that male grooming patterns in Hong Kong continue to mystify us even after several years of exposure. But while we aren't this mean in real life, it's inevitable that sometimes you might want to be, because it doesn't take a lot of getting quoted the foreign prices before you'll want to toss out a bit of fluent Cantonese to drag the prices down. And that's exactly where this Cantonese lesson comes into play....

Starting to learn Cantonese? This lesson is intended for students with a bit of background in the Cantonese language, so if you're an absolute beginner this one is going to be too difficult for you. Instead, navigate to our first Critical Phrases lesson in our series of Basic Cantonese lessons. You'll be back up here in no time ready to tackle our more difficult material.

Jun 27 2011

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Rank #18: Elementary - Our Sobering Thoughts on the Hong Kong Dairy Industry

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Ever heard of Hong Kong's famous Tuen Mun yoghurt or the blue cheese of Leung Shuen Wan? We're betting you haven't, if only because neither happens to exist. And sad as that may be to consider, it's hardly surprising given the appalling state of the Hong Kong dairy industry. There is probably not another place with a lower cow-to-human ratio outside the Maldives, which at least has nice beaches.

So - yes - we know that you're busy studying Cantonese and enjoying the local nightlife and Hong Kong's amazing cuisine, but consider this elementary Cantonese lesson a critical reminder: there is more to life than dim sum and more than three basic food groups in the health pyramid. Useful to bear in mind if you don't want to end up like the poor soul in our dialogue for today....

Jul 18 2011

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Rank #19: Beginner - The Art of Denial

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Learning Cantonese? This lesson is about the art of the denial. Which is highly-critical language you may just find yourself using the next time you sweep through Hong Kong on business, or just want to disavow any knowledge once again of that little incident it would be best if everyone just forgot. Because it was years ago. And who is really keeping track, anyway?

Also... do you remember that earlier lesson in which we learned that Cantonese speakers are particularly fond of turning odd emotional exclamations into high frequency words? Well heavens if there isn't another example lurking in this lesson, along with a dramatic Cantonese dialogue that is several degrees towards strange. But we think you'll enjoy it. So listen in, and good luck!

Apr 04 2011

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Rank #20: Basic Cantonese - Critical Adjectives #1

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Want to learn Cantonese? In this series for absolute beginners to Cantonese, we teach some of the most high-frequency adjectives in the language. In this lesson we learn how to say "right" and "wrong", and how to use these two words in simple sentences. Listen up, and in another five minutes you'll be able to tell others they're right, or take advantage of your newfound Cantonese to assert alpha pack-dominance.

In future lessons in this series, we'll review the words we've already learned, and cover more critical adjectives you'll use every day. We'll be keeping our sentences very simple though - so that you can swap in new adjectives as quickly as you learn them. So get listening and don't forget to try out all of our premium features too. And if you have any questions, leave them in the discussion section below, or write us anytime at service@popupcantonese.com.

Jan 04 2011

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