Colloquial Cantonese: A Complete Language Course (Colloquial Series) Paperback – 28 Apr 1994
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The paperback (1994) edition contains 248 numbered pages, an Acknowledgements section, and Introduction and 15 distinct chapters:
1) Maaih-yeh - Shopping.
2) Gaaujai-Meeting people.
3) Sihou - Interests and Leisure activities.
4) Sihgaan - Telling the time.
5) Ngoihbiu - Physical appearance.
6) Gachihn - Prices.
7) Faan-gung - Commuting.
8) Keuihdeih jouh-gan matyeh?
9) Bong Ngoh jouh di yeh - Do me a favour.
10) Hai bindouh? - Where is it?
11) Giu yeh Sikh - Ordering Food.
12) Tinhei - The Weather.
13) Yifuhk - The clothes we wear.
14) Leuihhahng gingyihm - Travelling expenses.
15) Da-dihnwa - On the telephone.
Key to exercises.
Index of grammatical structures.
This book is available both separately and accompanied by 120 minute audio CD that mirrors every written lesson chapter.Read more ›
I'm willing to buy the audio format too, but it costs £49!!!!
It's too expensive,
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Why? The first 10 or so words you learn are different kinds of fruit. You have to memorize all these to be able to go on to the exercises. This may be fine if you intend to get a huge vocabulary, but for most beginners, 10 different fruits are not the most urgent need. The book goes on in the same way with chunks of specialised but not necessarily useful words.
The next problem is that hardly any Chinese characters are used, so you get little or no help from your possible previous knowledge of Chinese or Japanese. I bought the book, because it provided CDs with the text, and I still think that's its main advantage. I still haven't learnt Cantonese very well, but I've started using another book (Teach Yourself) in parallel, and that helps a lot.
One thing I don't like about this book is that all the Cantonese sentences are written only in alphabet. If you already know Chinese characters, it is much easier to remember words and expressions if written in Chinese characters.