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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (Oct. 19 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415193877
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415193870
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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'This is an excellent practical grammar of Cantonese. It offers clear explanations on a variety of topics, and provides relevant exercises that reinforce the material covered. The writing is compact and perspicuous. The examples are natural, and there are enough of them to adequately illustrate the point under discussion. It covers intermediate and even advanced grammatical constructions, areas often under-represented in pedagogical materials. This book has a welcome place on the bookshelf of every student and teacher of Cantonese.' - The Linguist List, November 2001

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Intermediate Cantonese is designed for learners who have achieved basic proficiency and wish to progress to more complex language. Each of the 25 units combines clear, concise grammar explanations with communicatively oriented exercises to help build confidence and fluency.

Features include:
-- many authentic examples from contemporary media, including films, advertising, songs and soap operas
-- clear differentiation between colloquial and more formal speech registers
-- up-to-date analysis of contemporary Cantonese as spoken in Hong Kong

Suitable for independent learners and students on taught courses, Intermediate Cantonese, together with its sister volume, Basic Cantonese, forms a structured course of the essentials of Cantonese grammar.

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This book is an excellent sequel to: "Basic Cantonese: A Grammar and Workbook" by the same authors. It (and its predecessor) are the best sources I've seen as far as really explaining how Cantonese works. There has been some other good material published in recent years for Cantonese learners (I give high marks to "Colloquial Cantonese" by Tong and James and "Teach Yourself Cantonese" by Baker and Ho) but this is the best treatment of Cantonese syntax I've come across- having worked through it I now feel confident that I can speak good, authentic Cantonese. It is written from a linguistic point of view but it is so well-organized and the material is so neatly presented that even someone without much linguistic background would find it a help. There are some comparisons made with Mandarin usage which are interesting and helpful to someone who learned Mandarin first (as I did) but previous knowledge of Mandarin is not assumed or required. A further plus: Lots of contemporary vocabulary. If you think you'd like to be able to say: "The boss has sexually harassed her" "My daughter is giving me an attitude again" or "very soon one will be able to get on the Internet via mobile phones" look no further!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa32ec870) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa44d46a8) out of 5 stars Every serious student should get a copy Dec 27 2000
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Format: Paperback
This book is an excellent sequel to: "Basic Cantonese: A Grammar and Workbook" by the same authors. It (and its predecessor) are the best sources I've seen as far as really explaining how Cantonese works. There has been some other good material published in recent years for Cantonese learners (I give high marks to "Colloquial Cantonese" by Tong and James and "Teach Yourself Cantonese" by Baker and Ho) but this is the best treatment of Cantonese syntax I've come across- having worked through it I now feel confident that I can speak good, authentic Cantonese. It is written from a linguistic point of view but it is so well-organized and the material is so neatly presented that even someone without much linguistic background would find it a help. There are some comparisons made with Mandarin usage which are interesting and helpful to someone who learned Mandarin first (as I did) but previous knowledge of Mandarin is not assumed or required. A further plus: Lots of contemporary vocabulary. If you think you'd like to be able to say: "The boss has sexually harassed her" "My daughter is giving me an attitude again" or "very soon one will be able to get on the Internet via mobile phones" look no further!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa361f084) out of 5 stars Great book on Cantonese Grammar -- but dense and definitely not for beginners Aug. 29 2009
By Proffy - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great book on Cantonese Grammar for learners who have graduated beyond "Basic Cantonese: a Grammar and Workbook" by Virginia Yip. Note that this is suitable only as accompanying material, not as a complete book for learning the language. Presentation is quite dense, much more demanding that the Basic Cantonese book.

This is only for the slightly advanced learner, but highly recommended if you really want to understand the structure of the language.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa349fc00) out of 5 stars Great textbook to upgrade your knowledge of Cantonese April 2 2008
By Harald Brüning - Published on Amazon.com
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Intermediate Cantonese is a great textbook to upgrade your knowledge of Cantonese, a language spoken by over 100 million people in southern China (Guangdong, Guangxi, Hong Kong and Macau) and among many overseas Chinese. It's very didactical and quite easy to understand. Cantonese is not easy to learn, but the book makes it pretty easy to learn.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3324dbc) out of 5 stars Ebook is useless without "first tone" mark June 26 2010
By Jimzy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I wasn't too happy when I noticed that all of the text (though the pictures have it) did not include tone marks for the first (high pitch) tone...rendering the book useless to any learner. To the editor: Please fix and resend or give us back our money! (Same problem as with the Basic Cantonese book.)


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