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Cantonese language learning materials

Courses, Grammars, Dictionaries, Phrases, Written Cantonese


Courses

Teach Yourself Cantonese

Teach Yourself Cantonese

by Hugh Baker and Hanson Ho

- an introduction to the Cantonese language. Uses Yale romanization and includes Chinese character versions of all the dialogues. Available with cassettes or CDs.

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Talk Now! Cantonese

Talk Now! Cantonese

by Eurotalk

- uses games and quizzes that introduce basic Cantonese vocabulary, phrases, culture, and more. A handy print and picture dictionary produces entries with both text and pictorial references. Also features a recording tool, so you can compare your pronunciation to that of native speakers, and you can change the onscreen help and menus to the language of your choice.

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Colloquial Cantonese

Colloquial Cantonese - A Complete Language Course

by Keith S. T. Tong and Gregory Jones

- a good introduction to the Cantonese language. Uses Yale romanization and introduces a only small number of Chinese characters so that you can try to recognise them.

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Chinese (Cantonese), Conversational: Learn to Speak and Understand Cantonese Chinese

Chinese (Cantonese), Conversational: Learn to Speak and Understand Cantonese Chinese

by Pimsleur

- a conversational course with 16 lessons that provides a good introduction to Cantonese.

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Pimsleur Chinese (Cantonese)

Pimsleur Chinese (Cantonese)

by Pimsleur

- a conversational course with 30 lessons that provides a good introduction to Cantonese.

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Dictionaries

Chinese-English Dictionary

Chinese-English Dictionary

by Chik Hon Man and Ng Lam Sim Yuk (Editors)

- features over 6,000 of the most commonly used single-characters and over 12,000 terms to illustrate the use of the characters. Contains Cantonese and Mandarin readings for all entries.

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English-Cantonese Dictionary

English-Cantonese Dictionary

by New Asia - Yale-in-China Chinese Language Center (Editor)

- over 15,000 of the most commonly used words and phrases; a brief introduction to Cantonese pronunciation in accordance with the Yale System of Romanization; a comparative chart of four systems of Romanization; and grammatical notes for beginners.

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A Practical Cantonese-English Dictionary

A Practical Cantonese-English Dictionary

by Sidney Lau

- has 22,00 Cantonese entries based on about 3,600 main words of which some are the same characters with different pronunciations. It contains many colloquial Cantonese expressions commonly heard.

Available from: The Publication Sales Unit (puborder@isd.gov.hk) of the Hong Kong Government Information Services Dept. and http://www.chinabooks.com.au/ChinaBooks/

Pocket Cantonese Dictionary

Pocket Cantonese Dictionary

by Philip Yungkin Lee

- pocket-sized dictionary containing the 3,000 most common Cantonese words. Different meanings of the same word are clearly distinguished. Also has notes on Cantonese pronunciation.

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Dictionary of Cantonese Slang: The Language of Hong Kong Movies, Street Gangs and City Life

Dictionary of Cantonese Slang: The Language of Hong Kong Movies, Street Gangs and City Life

by Christopher Hutton

- offers a survey of the commonest slang and colloquial phrases used in Hong Kong, including taboo language not hitherto found in any dictionary. It is Cantonese-English, arranged alphabetically according to a widely-used transcription system.

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Cantonese electronic dictionary

Cantonese electronic translators, language teachers and dictionaries

Electronic dictionaries and translators: up to 1,000,000 words, full-text translation. Speech recognition, audio phrasebooks. Cantonese translation software for Windows, Pocket PC, Palm, Mobile phones. Free trial download!

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Grammars

Basic Cantonese: A Grammar and Workbook

Basic Cantonese: A Grammar and Workbook

by Virginia Yip and Stephen Matthews

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Intermediate Cantonese : A Grammar and Workbook

Intermediate Cantonese : A Grammar and Workbook

by Virginia Yip and Stephen Matthews

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Cantonese: A Comprehensive Grammar

Cantonese: A Comprehensive Grammar

by Virginia Yip and Stephen Matthews

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Phrases

Cantonese Phrasebook

Cantonese Phrasebook

by Chiu-yee Cheung and Tao Li

- contains a comprehensive collection of phrases in characters and romanization, as well as notes on Cantonese culture, practical information, a guide to Cantonese pronunciation and grammar, and a two way dictionary.

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Essential Cantonese Phrase Book

Essential Cantonese Phrase Book

by Philip Yungkin Lee

- features thousands of key phrases, useful information on making social and business arrangements, descriptive listings of typical menu items, and a 2000-item word list of terms relevant to the needs of tourists and travellers.

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A Glossary of Common Cantonese Colloquial Expressions

A Glossary of Common Cantonese Colloquial Expressions

by Simon So

- a collection of Cantonese phrases in characters and Yale romanization with literal English translations and explanations of their meaning.

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Writing

Cantonese: A Comprehensive Grammar

Cantonese as Written Language: The Growth of a Written Chinese Vernacular

by Don Snow

- discusses the development of written Cantonese from 19th century poetry to contemporary usage in magazines and newspaper columns.

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Other Cantonese courses and other learning material by Sidney Lau are available from:
http://whitey.net/en/buy-sidney-lau-cantonese-course-books.htm

FSI Cantonese Basic Course
http://www.fsi-language-courses.org/Content.php?page=Cantonese

More Cantonese books are availble on: Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com

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