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on January 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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on May 9, 2001
This phrase book has authentic cantonese characters. Cantonese is an oral language and they use a few special characters aside from the "chinese" characters. I have seen another phrase book which uses all "chinese" characters. If you literally read it in cantonese, the pronunciations are all wrong, but the meaning is the same. It is frustrating if you know a little cantonese, and want to know the cantonese characters. This book is good because of the cantonese characters and the correct pronunciations that go along with them. If you have no background in a language and want to learn never choose a phrase book. Go buy a textbook.
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on December 6, 1999
Explains basic grammar and useful words well classified. Cantonese being a tonal language, pronunciation is very crucial; for which this book can not much help. Rather, I find this useful to convey my own simple messages in written Chinese. Sounds strange but easier than the modulated oral communication which can only come with practicing time.
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