Cantonese Pod | Enjoy the Cantonese learning experience!

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About the site owner

Name: Benson Hoi

Currently resident in: London, GB (for 7 years)

Profession: student currently, will most likely work in the financial industry

Birthday: 21 August 1986

Birth Place: Macao, South East China

Language skills: Cantonese, English, Mandarin, Japanese, Spanish (proficiency in this order)

Language that I am trying to learn: Arabic, Russian, Sanskrit, Pali, etc

Computer skills: php, Perl, Java, C++, Shell, VB, Haskell, Prolog, MatLab, etc

Blood Type: O

Star Sign: Leo

Degree: Joint Maths and Computing at Uni of London

Passion: language-learning, spirituality, investment banking, Mathematics (mainly Pure and Algebra), personal development, NLP, popular psychology, economics.. (yeah, quite a lot)

Regards,

Benson

21 Comments

21 responses so far ↓

  • 1 alecia wu // Jun 19, 2007 at 7:20 am

    benson,

    i just came across your podcast and enjoyed the dim sum one. i’m an american born chinese with parents who immigrated from hong kong. i understand alot but my pronounciation is not very good. i’m going to start listening to this since it is good. keep it up.

    regards,

    alecia

  • 2 Kate // Jun 27, 2007 at 4:27 am

    Benson,
    I stumbled across your website when searching for Cantonese lessons online. I am not Chinese, but am trying to learn the Cantonese language in hopes of one day putting it to good use in China. I am taking private lessons, but I am such a slow learner! your site is really helping me out!!! I enjoy it a lot, and am happy to have found it!
    Thanks
    Kate

  • 3 Chris // Jul 17, 2007 at 2:55 pm

    Benson,
    Your Cantonese lessons are very useful to me. I am still at quite a low level but with your help, I hope to improve so I can live in Hong Kong. Thank you
    Chris

  • 4 samichi // Sep 2, 2007 at 5:15 pm

    hello
    i am a british born with a dad from HK and mum from UK. i cant speak chinese:( i need help with the tones. mandarin is easier cos it only has 4 tones. maybe you can make a recording of each tone? thank you. i am enjoying your lessons. they are very understandable, i have learnt quite a lot from u:)
    bye.

  • 5 samichi // Sep 3, 2007 at 7:46 pm

    helo again benson,
    how do i download podcasts from this website? please reply by email.

  • 6 Simon // Oct 16, 2007 at 9:19 am

    Hi Benson,
    thanks for the podcasts! They’re great.
    I’m a student in Sydney, Australia (studying maths too!). I’m an Aussie boy, but my girlfriend is from Hong Kong. I’m attempting to learn Cantonese, with the hope of being able to talk to her Father (who doesn’t speak English). So please keep it up!
    Simon.

  • 7 GerriLynn // Dec 12, 2007 at 6:06 am

    Benson,
    I stumbled across your podcast on itunes and it’s helping soo much. My fiance is chinese and his family speaks very little english. You’ve given me the gift of communication with my soon-to-be extended family. The scripts along with the podcasts are tremendously helpful. A thousand thank you’s.
    Best Wishes

  • 8 tony // Jan 24, 2008 at 10:37 am

    hello Benson, I am a ABC american born chinese born in San Francisco. As I grew up there, it was very easily accessible to get into the rhythm of learning and speaking cantonese. But I moved to Sacramento and moved into a mixed community and easily enough Me and my faimily just spoke english. Now I am trying very hard to get back to what I feel lost without within my culture and try to learn cantonese again. And I can not tell you how greatful I am, that you make time to make this all happen, you don’t know how helpful this has been for me and you are affecting others the same way with your website and for that I thank you so much.

  • 9 João & Sofia // Jan 27, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    Hi Benson!
    We are a Portuguese couple living in Macau for the last 8 months. We have downloaded the first podcast last Sunday and since then we feel like we have learned a lot. Many thanks for your precious service to the community.
    Best regards,
    João & Sofia

  • 10 sue // Mar 4, 2008 at 3:47 am

    Hi Benson, I’m listening to your Cantonese podcasts through iTunes. I’m trying to re-learn and improve my skills. I’m an American-born Chinese and I’m losing a lot of the language since I don’t talk to my grandmother much. I hope you put out more lessons.

  • 11 Eddie // Mar 29, 2008 at 4:19 am

    Hi Benson.

    Came across your podcast on wikipedia when doing some research on the history behind Cantonese dilect. I’m half chinese and used to attend chinese school at the weekend when I was a kid. I also lived in Hong Kong for 4 years and still haven’t managed to master the language. Your poodcasts are really easy to understand as you’ve kinda put it into teletubbie language for me!

    From the above comments it seems I’m not the only one that really appreciates your help.

    Keep up the good work.

    Cheers!

  • 12 Vanessa // May 13, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    Hi Benson, I have been listening to your cantonese podcasts. You make learning enjoyable ! Thank you so much for taking the time. Now I am able to converse much better with my aunts and uncles.
    Vanessa
    PLEASE CONTINUE THE GREAT WORK>

  • 13 Tony // May 30, 2008 at 2:41 am

    Hi Benson! I feel I know you a bit now because I’ve been listening to your podcasts on my way to and from worked for weeks now and they are really great! I am in the US and my family is from Macao. I’m Portugese and a bit Chinese (Eurasian) and the first born here in the states. My parents spoke fluent Cantonese but never taught is for some reason. Anyways I want to learn it now and these lessons are getting me there. So much of it is familiar and I can almost order food now! lol Thanks so much for investing so much of you personal time to do this for all of us we really appreciate it very much!

    Anyways keep up the good work!

  • 14 John Trott // Jun 25, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    Hi Benson,

    Nice site the pod casts are a great idea. I’m from the UK and my wife is from Hong Kong. We are flying there in september. I hope to learn some basic words to speak with her parents as they don’t know much english.

  • 15 Rochelle // Jun 30, 2008 at 6:40 am

    Jo San Benson,

    I’m teaching at a school in Hong Kong and am trying to learn Cantonese. I really enjoy your podcasts, thanks a lot!

    Learning is so much easier with a soothing voice like yours, keep it up!

  • 16 Soyona Lee // Jul 14, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    Hi Benson! I’m a Korean girl majoring Mandarin in Korea. I’d been learning Mandarin for years, few months ago I happened to meet a friend from HK and learnt some Cantonese, it was like “A whole new world” to me! I think I fell in love with Cantonese now, haha:D. Your podcasts are awesome!

  • 17 Huggy // Jul 19, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    Benson, you rock, bro! Excellent effort! Since I don’t see an e-mail address on the site for you, or a private comment box, I’ve got to make this comment here. I just wish you’d make the lessons more like the Pimsleur method or the old FSI Cantonese course. I mean, without hearing native speed spoken Cantonese or Hakka in longer complex conversations, a person isn’t ever going to become proficient. I’m trying to understand the Cantonese in the Hong Kong movies, so I’m serious about mastering the language, not just learning a few quaint phrases. Of course this is easy to say when I’m not doing any of the work, so it’s just a request from one humble fan. Thanks.

  • 18 Travis // Jul 20, 2008 at 4:35 am

    Hello Benson, I’d like to thank you for these podcasts to which I recently stumbled across, they are done quite well. If you need any help making lessons about phrases that people have requested, I would be glad to help translate it into cantonese as I am Chinese but my mother tongue is english. Let me know if you need any help in the future via email. - Travis

  • 19 Beef // Sep 30, 2008 at 10:50 am

    Hi Benson,

    Saw your podcats on itunes - have really enjoyed the introduction and back to basic 1 pods so far. Keep up the good work!

  • 20 Cindy Su // Oct 9, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    I love this website - Benson you are great - keep making these Podcasts. Learning Cantonese and I think these are really good! Its nice to hear the background on what people are using right now in Hong Kong - better than books which can be rather out-dated. Keep it up!!!! xxxx

  • 21 Jenny // Dec 1, 2008 at 7:47 am

    I was born in U.S. but my parents and my family speak chinese (both cantonese and mandrian). I can speak cantonese already but I want to improve my cantonese. There are some things I still not sure how to say. I wonder if I should learn the tones because I just learned cantonese from being around my family. So continue putting your podcasts!

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