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 a beginner.

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.