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Lonely Planet Cantonese Phrasebook [Paperback]

Kam Y. Lau
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Oct. 1 1999 0864426453 978-0864426451 3rd Revised edition
This new edition includes plenty of colloquial usage and common expressions. Thorough pronunciation and grammar chapters make meeting people, shopping and catching sights much more enjoyable. Includes a two-way dictionary and script throughout.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book , bad Romanization Jan. 23 2004
This was my first book on the long trek to learning Cantonese. The book provides a detailed food section, which will come in handy when dining with the girlfriend's family. Food seems to be of high importance with the Chinese culture, so it is good that this section is very well done.
The problem I found was that the book does not use the widely accepted Yale romanization. I've been collecting all kinds of books for the last year, and Yale seems to be the most easily understood and most intuitive romanization technique that I've found.
Overall, the book has a diverse collection of phrases and vocabulary. It is a good book to have in your Cantonese collection.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good for quick basic phrase lookup Oct. 10 2003
By B. Fang
Have found this useful for basic phrases and general conversation, however for anything harder, I've had to go back to a more authoritative source, a native-Cantonese speaker to get the info that I'm looking for. This isn't good for learning as such, but it is a useful tool if you know some cantonese already to reinforce what you know for general converstaion and also if you are stuck in Hong Kong with the characters being alongside the romanization for easy pointing to the locals if you are having trouble with the tones.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Impressesed July 25 2002
By A Customer
For a small little book, there is a ton of information. Useful and fun. Great value.
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