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. Explanations are concise and carefully illustrated with well over one thousand example sentences. All example sentences provide highlighted glosses in three languages: Taiwanese, Mandarin, and English. In addition, examples place particular emphasis on frequently used vocabulary and include character script and Romanization for both Taiwanese and Mandarin.
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 build a solid foundation in grammar.
Taiwanese is a member of the Chinese language family and spoken by approximately 70% of the population on the island nation of Taiwan. In addition to Taiwan, the language is found in many overseas Chinese communities throughout the world where it is also referred to as Hokkien, Amoy, Southern Min (Min Nan), or Fukienese.
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 (Pe̍h-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)