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Lonely Planet Cantonese Phrasebook Paperback – Oct 1 1999


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 3rd Revised edition edition (Oct. 1 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0864426453
  • ISBN-13: 978-0864426451
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 10.7 x 1.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 172 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,201,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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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By A Customer on July 25 2002
Format: Paperback
For a small little book, there is a ton of information. Useful and fun. Great value.
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