ann85 Posted July 7, 2006 at 08:33 PM Report Share Posted July 7, 2006 at 08:33 PM Hello everyone! my name is Ann and this is my first post I was wondering if anyone is in a similar situation to me. My parents are both chinese but me and my siblings were born in the UK. My parents can speak cantonese, hakka and mandarin however our family predominantly speaks Hakka. Since we were little, we've mainly spoken in English to each other and to our parents because they wanted to improve on their english but this has meant the only chinese i can speak is Hakka but not really well. I'm embarrased and almost ashamed when my relatives from HK etc call because i cant speak cantonese (i can understand basic cantonese). Since leaving home for University my Hakka has deteriorated even more. Since finishing Uni i have made a promise to myself that I would learn to speak Cantonese - to read and write it too if possible and hopefully progress to Mandarin if i'm successful. I've bought a CD and book called Colloquial cantonese, which is all well and good but it doesnt teach you how sentences are constructed. I've been doing some research on the net and i've come across Yale romanization and it seems very complicated! Does anyone have any advice as to what books/methods to use? With student debts i need to make sure that if i invest in an expensive book then it must be worth it! Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Ann Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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