Chapter 1: Purpose 小手冊目的
Initial purpose of this manual is to record and help myself when I
was self learning Mandarin (I am still learning). This quick manual
is helpful for adult Cantonese native speakers learning Mandarin as
Unlike English native speakers learning Mandarin, Cantonese speakers
have a unique set of problems to overcome. On the other hand,
Cantonese speakers have the benefits of not having to learn Chinese
grammar and Chinese words (with the exception of a few difficult to
guess simplified characters, e.g. 卫, 旧, 妇 ).
Sometimes non-Cantonese speaking teachers can be ineffective in
teaching native Cantonese students because of the similar yet
different pronunciations between the two languages and the unique
sentence structures (dialect) of Cantonese.