Basic Cantonese introduces the essentials of Cantonese grammar in a straightforward and systematic way.
Each of the 28 units deals with a grammatical topic and provides associated exercises, designed to put grammar into a communicative context. Special attention is paid to topics which differ from English and European language structures.
This new edition features:
• clear, accessible format
• lively examples to illustrate each grammar point
• informative keys to all exercises
• glossary of grammatical terms
Basic Cantonese is ideal for students new to the language. Together with its sister volume, Intermediate Cantonese, it forms a structured course of the essentials of Cantonese grammar.
2 Vowels and diphthongs
5 Possession: ge
6 Possession and existence: yáuh
7 Being: haih
8 Noun classifiers
10 Adverbs of manner
11 Adverbs of time, frequency and duration
12 Comparison: gwo and dī
13 Prepositions: space and time
15 Verbs of motion: heui and làih
16 Verbs of giving: béi
17 Verbs and particles
18 Actions and events: jó and gwo
19 Activities: gán and jyuh
20 Auxiliary verbs
22 Word order and topicalization
23 Yes/no questions
25 Sentence particles
27 Requests and thanks
28 Numbers, dates and times
Key to exercises
Glossary of grammatical terms
These titles combine explanation with exercise work. The Basic Grammar Workbooks are for learners starting at elementary level. Intermediate Grammar Workbooks follow on from these and are for learners who have achieved basic proficiency and wish to progress to more complex language. Each combines clear, concise grammar explanations with communicatively oriented exercises to help build confidence and fluency.
Suitable for independent learners and students on taught courses, the Basic and Intermediate volumes together form a structured course of the essentials of each language's grammar.
All Grammar Workbooks are available as inspection copies.