Taiwanese Grammar: A Concise Reference

Greenhorn Media
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Taiwanese Grammar: A Concise Reference is an unprecedented guide delivering clear, straightforward explanations of Taiwanese grammar while offering insightful comparisons to Mandarin. Designed to be both functional and accessible, the text makes searching for topics quick and easy with fully cross-referenced entries and a comprehensive index. 

Topics covered range broadly from parts of speech (nouns, verbs, adverbs, etc.) to grammatical topics (aspect, negation, passive voice, etc.) to special topics (terms of address, pronunciation, time, etc.).

This text is ideal for self-study and enables students at all levels to learn Taiwanese by building a solid foundation in grammar.

Taiwanese (also known as Hokkien, Fookien, Amoy, Southern Min, or Fukienese) along with its variants is spoken by over 40 million people worldwide and is a member of the Chinese language family.

Features of this text include:

 • Easy-to-use reference guide with cross-referenced entries and a comprehensive index

 • 1000+ example sentences using everyday vocabulary rendered in Taiwanese, Mandarin Chinese, and English

 • Character script for Taiwanese in accordance with the official selection of Taiwanese Characters by the Taiwanese Ministry of Education (2007)

 • Romanization provided for both Taiwanese (Ph-ōe-jī) and Mandarin Chinese (Hànyǔ Pīnyīn)

 • In-depth guide to pronunciation using English approximations and full explanations on rules for changing tones (tone sandhi)


Tags: Taiwanese, learn Taiwanese, learning Taiwanese, Taiwanese language, Taiwanese grammar, Hokkien, learning Hokkien, Amoy, Southern Min, Fukienese, Fookien, Min nan 

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About the author

Philip T. Lin currently resides in Taiwan and has a broad background in the areas of education, design, and finance. He is a graduate of Stanford University and additionally holds advanced degrees from Columbia University and the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Greenhorn Media
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Published on
Jan 31, 2015
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Pages
662
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ISBN
9780996398213
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Language
English
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Genres
Foreign Language Study / Chinese
Foreign Language Study / Southeast Asian Languages
Language Arts & Disciplines / Study & Teaching
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