2nd Edition

Colloquial Cantonese The Complete Course for Beginners

    304 Pages
    by Routledge

    304 Pages
    by Routledge

    Colloquial Cantonese: The Complete Course for Beginners has been carefully developed by an experienced teacher to provide a step-by-step course to Cantonese as it is written and spoken today.

    Combining a clear, practical and accessible style with a methodical and thorough treatment of the language, it equips learners with the essential skills needed to communicate confidently and effectively in Cantonese in a broad range of situations. No prior knowledge of the language is required.

    Colloquial Cantonese is exceptional; each unit presents a wealth of grammatical points that are reinforced with a wide range of exercises for regular practice. A full answer key, a grammar summary, bilingual glossaries and English translations of dialogues can be found at the back as well as useful vocabulary lists throughout.

    Key features include:

    • A clear, user-friendly format designed to help learners progressively build up their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills
    • Jargon-free, succinct and clearly structured explanations of grammar
    • An extensive range of focused and dynamic supportive exercises
    • Realistic and entertaining dialogues covering a broad variety of narrative situations
    • Helpful cultural points explaining the customs and features of life in Hong Kong 
    • An overview of the sounds of Cantonese

    Balanced, comprehensive and rewarding, Colloquial Cantonese is an indispensable resource both for independent learners and students taking courses in Cantonese.

    Audio material to accompany the course is available to download free in MP3 format from www.routledge.com/cw/colloquials. Recorded by native speakers, the audio material features the dialogues and texts from the book and will help develop your listening and pronunciation skills.


    Acknowledgements  Introduction  1. Gaāujai Meeting People  2. Máaih-yéh Shopping  3. Sihou Interests and Leisure Activities  4. Sìhgaan Telling the Time  5. Ngoihbíu  Physical Appearances  6. Gachìhn  Prices  7. Fāan-gōng  Commuting  8. Kéuihdeih jouh-gán mātyéh? What are they Doing?  9. Bōng ngóh jouh dī yéh Can You Help Me?  10. Hái bīndouh? Where is it?  11. Giu yéh sihk  Ordering Food  12. Tīnhei  The Weather  13. Yīfuhk The Clothes We Wear  14. Léuihhàhng gīngyihm  Traveling Experiences  15. Dá-dihnwá  On the Telephone  Key to Exercises  Cantonese–English Glossary  English–Cantonese Glossary  Further Reading  Appendix  Index of Grammatical Structures


    Dana Bourgerie is an Associate Professor of Chinese at Brigham Young University.