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I have been reading up on Pimsleur and it seems like there is some mixed opinions but do you think this would be a good investment to a beginging in cantonese? Im going for a mastery of tones, i do not care about slow progress on how fast i speak, just mastery of tones and speaking it correctly.

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With Mandarin they give full tonal explanations (ie: this word is pronounced with a falling-rising, followed by a high-level tone) with almost every word.

I don't have any experience with Cantonese, though. With the extra tones in Cantonese (and the confusion concerning how many there actually are) they might have simplified things...

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I borrowed the basic set (4 tapes, 8 lessons) from a friend one time. I thought they were pretty good. The tones were not explained so much, but in important places it would specify them. I recommend reading up on the different types of tones just so you have an idea. Pimsleur alone is not really enough, but it is a good start. I think the most important thing for learning Cantonese is access to a native speaker, or at least a second-generation speaker who is comfortable speaking Cantonese.

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