Basic Cantonese : a grammar and workbook by Virginia Yip

By Virginia Yip

Basic Cantonese introduces the necessities of Cantonese grammar in an easy and systematic means.

Each of the 28 devices offers with a grammatical subject and offers linked routines, designed to place grammar right into a communicative context. specific realization is paid to subject matters which range from English and eu language structures.

This new version features:

transparent, obtainable format

• vigorous examples to demonstrate each one grammar point

• informative keys to all exercises

• word list of grammatical terms

Basic Cantonese is perfect for college students new to the language. including its sister volume, Intermediate Cantonese, it kinds a based process the necessities of Cantonese grammar.

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By Virginia Yip

Basic Cantonese introduces the necessities of Cantonese grammar in an easy and systematic means.

Each of the 28 devices offers with a grammatical subject and offers linked routines, designed to place grammar right into a communicative context. specific realization is paid to subject matters which range from English and eu language structures.

This new version features:

transparent, obtainable format

• vigorous examples to demonstrate each one grammar point

• informative keys to all exercises

• word list of grammatical terms

Basic Cantonese is perfect for college students new to the language. including its sister volume, Intermediate Cantonese, it kinds a based process the necessities of Cantonese grammar.

Show description

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Unit 4 19 B: Jouh wuhsih ge (lit. does nurse) She’s a nurse Note that this also applies to objects, as in the following cases: A: Yám- mh-yám ` jáu a? (lit. ) Would you like some wine? ` yám la, mg) )i saai B: Mh (lit. not drink, thanks a lot) I won’t, thanks A: N(( go sung béi léih ge (lit. this give to you) This is for you )jeh! Ngóh hóu j* *ngyi a! B: D) (lit. thank you! ) Thank you! I like it! Again, when several statements are made about the same subject, it is usually understood after its first mention.

The lecturer speak manner too fast) The lecturer talks too fast When the verb is followed by an object, the verb is repeated so that d&&k immediately follows the verb: 48 Unit 10 ) cheung d&&k hóu ch&& Ngóh cheung-g) (lit. I sing songs sing manner very bad) I sing very badly Kéuih waahk-wá waahk d&&k géi leng (lit. she paints pictures paints manner quite nice) She draws quite nicely Léih góng-yéh góng d&&k taai daaih-s%%ng (lit. you speak things speak manner too big voice) You speak too loud 2 Adverb phrases with gám An adjective together with gám ‘thus’ forms an adverbial phrase which comes before the verb: *njung hóu daaih-s%%ng gám paak-sáu D(( gw* (lit.

Yes) Is he resting? (yes) Is he tired? (yes) Is Professor Ma having a meeting? (no) Don’t you know him? (no) Don’t you need to go to work? 2 Choose haih or hái as required: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 † Kéuihdeih ____ Méihgwokyàhn Kéuih ____ ngóh sailóu Kéuih ____ hohkhaauh Kéuihdeih mh ` _____ H%%unggóng Ngóh ____ Seuhnghóiyàhn Go dói ____ kéuih ge *ngs(( Léih S&&ang ____ g* Ngóhdeih ____ pàhngyáuh Ngóh go jái ____ *kkéi Kéuih ____ ngóh tùhnghohk They are American He’s my brother She’s at school They are not in Hong Kong.

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