Finally found suitable books to help me teach the first words of conversational Cantonese to my kids. I personally use the books before bedtime to teach my two year old daughter her first Cantonese words.
The books are small and handy. The vocabulary is presented in written conversational Cantonese with corresponding jyutping, English and high quality pictures.
Effort has also been put to
highlight essential grammar & phrases as well. The phrases are colourcoded with corresponding English, jyutping and written conversational Cantonese characters as well.
There is also audio available.
To have all these aspects in a book, that's a rare find these days. One can see a lot of time and devotion has been put into these books. Props to the author!
There are different books with different themes:
- Animals (covering lots of different animals)
- Food & drink (including dimsum, fruit & vegetables)
- My house (covering rooms, spaces and items in and around a house)
- Daily vocabulary (daily verbs, colours, weather, clothes and other essentials)
I would definitely recommend these books. They are a great educational tool. They are especially useful for parents who want to teach Cantonese to their kids, but do not live in a country, where Cantonese is a main language and/or the parents have a varying degree of Cantonese proficiency.
The related website is a real treasure trove with resources to help teach children spoken Cantonese.
My House Cantonese-English: Learning conversational Cantonese for kids Paperback – 16 October 2020
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- ASIN : B08L4T61ZY
- Publisher : Independently published (16 October 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 40 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8693627154
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 0.25 x 22.86 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 10,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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Very practical book to help parents teach their kids spoken CantoneseReviewed in the Netherlands on 29 March 2021
Favorite Cantonese vocabulary series so farReviewed in the United States on 25 December 2020
As an ABC who can speak conversational Cantonese, I want to pass what I can to my kid. It's hard to find books for this since I can barely read Chinese, and some stories are written differently from how it's spoken, which is confusing for me. I have two books from this series, and they're my favorite Cantonese vocabulary books so far! It has really useful words, phrases to use with those words, English and romanization of the Chinese words, and great explanation on certain words regarding how it's used or other ways of saying it. I really like how concise yet thorough it is. I tried the ones by Karen Yee, which are also nice, but I feel like they start getting too much into the weeds (ie. Cantonese in the City: Cars, Trains, Boats & Planes is like an English Transportation book where it has way too many construction vehicles with similar jobs but different names). I do like her book, "Goh Goh and Dai Dai's Big Day with Elephant: A Cantonese-English Storybook" though, and I hope this author will come out with some stories that incorporate vocabulary too. Anyways, if you're looking for a book to teach basic vocabulary and common phrases to your kids, I highly recommend this series!
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Great vocab resource!Reviewed in the United States on 6 February 2021
I bought this for myself, as I'm learning Cantonese and it's hard to find good sources for vocabulary that aren't based on standard/Mandarin usage. There seem to be a few small mistakes with the tones (for instance, the tone for 房 is always shown as "fong4" in the book, but in some cases it should shift to fong2; the tones for uses of 相 as in "photo" also seem to be wrong), but overall I found it very useful! Great for learning words for household items.
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