Basic Cantonese

A Grammar and Workbook

By Virginia Yip, Stephen Matthews

© 1999 – Routledge

184 pages

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Paperback: 9780415193856
pub: 1999-10-14
US Dollars$43.95
Hardback: 9780415193849
pub: 1999-10-14
US Dollars$150.00

About the Book

This Grammar and Workbook is ideal for learners of Cantonese wishing to take their knowledge of the language beyond the elementary level. Its twenty-eight units highlight the key building blocks of sentence structure and comprise a structured introduction to essential grammar points. Each unit also features exercises, focusing on the communicative language, devised to perfect the students knowledge of these grammar points.

Its clear presentation and lack of jargon mean that it can be used in conjunction with a language course or for independent study. It will also prove invaluable for revision and reference.

Featuring an introduction to the language, full key to exercises and a glossary of grammatical terms, the Grammar and Workbook provides a firm foundation on which to build proficiency and confidence in speaking, reading and writing Cantonese.


'The authors are to be commended for taking the trouble to devise more challenging exercises … for keen learners, in addition to the exercises that are directly relevant to the respective units. Other useful features of the book include a glossary of grammatical terms, and a subject index that enables readers to refer to specific grammatical elements with relative ease … It does well to provide learners with a basic knowledge of Cantonese grammar without unnecessarily complicating the task.' - Yew-Jin Fang, Asian Studies Review, September 2001

'… [the authors] illustrate with clear, unforced examples which carry the stamp of authenticity, and they are generally unafraid to depart from the conventions of Mandarin grammars or to use examples which might be seen by some to be 'poor grammar' but which are indeed part of the genuine language as spoken.' - Hugh D.R. Baker, SOAS

About the Series

Grammar Workbooks

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.

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