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Pocket Cantonese Dictionary: Cantonese-English English-Cantonese (Periplus Pocket Dictionaries) Poc Edition
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As far as Cantonese being a "fading" language, there are 55 million speakers worldwide, in Guangdong province in China, news is broadcast in Cantonese, school up to university level is conducted in Cantonese. Cantonese won't be making its exit from the world language stage anytime soon.
This dictionary does what it claims to do very well, namely giving you simple definitions for the most common 3000 words (not characters, although the characters for each word are given which is a huge plus). In addition, it works great as a list of "must know" vocabulary. Once you finish some beginning course (I highly recommend the two FSI courses by Elizabeth L. Boyle), this is a great way to expand your vocab.
The only problem is that the author favors more formal expressions. For example, if a certain verb has a colloquial/slang variant that is used by most Cantonese speakers in daily life and a more formal variant that is used in both spoken Cantonese and written Chinese, the author selects the latter.
Nevertheless, I find this dictionary extremely useful.
There are a few typographical errors. For example, in the C-E section, Ajau 'Asia' is capitalized but au'jau 'Europe' is not; the wrong character is given for kahmmouh 'aunt' in both C-E and E-C sections, and in the E-C section two of the 'aunt' entries don't make sense ("wife of mother's sister").
The introductory note on pronunciation should mention the initial n-/l- confusion and the variation among speakers in use or omission of initial ng-. Listing of entries with these initial sounds is also not uniformly handled. The notes on pronunciation of vowels o and eu work for British English but not for American English, and initial kw- should be explained as "like kw in Kwanza" or "like qu in quick" rather than "like Gwendolyn with a strong puff of air."
If the book were printed on thinner paper and had more flexible covers, it would be much more comfortable to hold and easier to spin the pages back and forth looking for entries.
While I would have preferred if they had used zhyutpin, that book is just about perfect. Having just got back from living in Hong Kong and also being a huge fan of iphone language apps, this was the only book I ever brought with me on the regular -- there is just nothing else like it!
I've lived in FOUR countries, and if I had known about Periplus earlier, I can say with certainty that it would have saved me a lot of wasted tame. Furthermore, I probably would have picked up some languages a lot more quickly (...Japanese, I'm looking at you).
I would love it if there was a Periplus Pocket Mongolian dictionary! I'm ordering the Japanese one for myself and the Spanish one for my mom.
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It's ok when one travels to Hong Kong or Guang Zhou, but it's very limited and quite difficult to pronounce so it can be understood.Published 23 months ago by Annabelle Whiteman
The only disappointment is that the cover is not that of the illustration. Instead of cheerful, the cover is plain uninspiring rectangles in a few colors. Read morePublished on December 18, 2012 by JNagarya
How can I rate a product I never received? I will be doing less business with Amazon in the future. Fortunately there are many sites to do business with. Read morePublished on January 7, 2010 by Gary D. Preski
Not an extensive dictionary but considering the low price, the dictionary is mediocre. The vocabulary is very limited with no sentence examples but I personally found it extremely... Read morePublished on January 4, 2008 by Jin