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  • Cantonese-English/English-Cantonese Dictionary & Phrasebook

Cantonese-English/English-Cantonese Dictionary & Phrasebook

by Hippocrene



Cantonese is an official language of Hong Kong and Macau, and the dominant dialect of Chinese spoken in the province of Guangdong. Spoken by nearly 60 million people worldwide, it is understood by much of the Chinese diaspora population across the world and rivals Mandarin as the lingua franca of south China and ethnic Chinese living abroad. Unique among all the Chinese dialects, Cantonese also has a writing system that is distinct from Mandarin Chinese and makes use of characters generally not understood by nonCantonese speakers. Written Cantonese is commonly found on street signs in Hong Kong as well as in newspapers and novels. The spoken language also exerts a strong cultural influence on East Asia, due to the prominence of Hong Kong?s film and music industries. This convenient dictionary and phrasebook contains everything that a traveler to south China needs to communicate effectively in Cantonese. 4,000 dictionary entries Uses an intuitive phonetic system and written Cantonese characters Includes all the essential language travelers need Concise grammar and pronunciation sections Perfect for travelers, businesspeople, and students