Basic Cantonese : a grammar and workbook by Virginia Yip

By Virginia Yip

Basic Cantonese introduces the necessities of Cantonese grammar in a simple and systematic approach.

Each of the 28 devices offers with a grammatical subject and offers linked workouts, designed to place grammar right into a communicative context. particular recognition is paid to themes which vary from English and eu language structures.

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• 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 dependent process the necessities of Cantonese grammar.

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Today very hot) It’s hot today Lohk yúh la! (lit. falls rain) It’s raining! Hóu làahn góng (lit. very hard to say) It’s hard to say Reflexive jihgéi The reflexive form jihgéi is used for all persons: myself, yourself, herself, ourselves, etc. It is used: (i) Alone, referring back to the subject of the sentence: Léih yiu síus&&m jiugu jihgéi (lit. you should carefully look after yourself) You should look after yourself carefully Mhóu sèhngyaht gwaai jihgéi (lit. don’t always blame yourself) Don’t blame yourself all the time Kéuih deui jihgéi hóu yáuh-seuns&&m (lit.

A: A-Y((ng jouh m&&tyéh g* (lit. ) What does Ying do for a living? 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.

1 Adverb phrases with d&k The most general form of adverbial phrase is formed with d&&k and an adjective after the verb. The order is thus: verb—d&&k—adjective. As usual the adjective is normally preceded by a modifier such as hóu or géi, and so on (see Unit 9): Ga ch%% hàahng d&&k hóu maahn (lit. the car travel manner very slow) The car moves very slowly )is&&m D(( haakyàhn sihk d&&k géi h) (lit. the guests eat manner quite happy) The guests are eating quite happily Go góngs(( góng d&&k taai faai (lit.

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