Complete Cantonese: A Teach Yourself Guide

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January 10, 2011


Paperback, 464 pages


0071750606 / 9780071750608


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It's easy to teach yourself Cantonese!

Complete Cantonese: A Teach Yourself Guide provides you with a clear and comprehensive approach to Cantonese, so you can progress quickly from the basics to understanding, speaking, and writing Cantonese with confidence.

Within each of the 24 thematic chapters, important language structures are introduced through life-like dialogues. You'll learn grammar in a gradual manner so you won't be overwhelmed by this tricky subject. Exercises accompany the texts and reinforce learning in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. This program also features current cultural information boxes that reflect recent changes in society.


  • One and five-minute introductions to key principles to get you started
  • Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience
  • Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress
  • Extra online articles at to give you a richer understanding of the basics of the language

    Table of contents

    Introduction / Pronunciation Guide / 01 Encounters / 02 Personal Property / 03 Family and friends / 04 Eating in and eating out / 05 Shops and markets / 06 Getting around / 07 Revision / 08 Blowing hot and cold / 09 Fun and games / 10 Health care for beginners / 11 The world of fashion / 12 Education for life / 13 Speculation / 14 revision / 15 Travelling / 16 driving / 17 The uniformed services / 18 Law and order / 19 Banking and finance / 20 Using the postal system / 21 revision / 22 the office / 23 Eating out in Hong Kong / 24 Leisure activities / 25 Household affairs / 26 Revision / Appendices / Grammar summary / The Chinese writing system / Taking it further / Key to the exercises / Cantonese-English glossary / English-Cantonese glossary

    Author comments

    Hugh Baker taught Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin) at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, for 36 years. Ho Pui Kei teaches Cantonese as a foreign language in Hong Kong

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