Item description for Berlitz Cantonese Chinese: Travel Pack (Berlitz Travel Packs) (Chinese Edition) by Inc. Berlitz International...
A fast and effective way to learn basic foreign language words and phrases, Berlitz Travel Packs help travelers acquire more than 3,000 key "survival" phrases that will make their trips more successful and comfortable. As part of a meticulous updating program, our most popular languages have been newly revised and recorded to meet the needs of todays business or leisure travelers. Completely portable, they include the best selling Berlitz Phrase Book and an audio recording CD. The audio materials, all recorded by a variety of native speakers, review and reinforce the many phrases, dialogues, and vocabulary of the text. This popular listen and repeat method can also be used independently of the phrase book. Up-to-date usage, helpful cultural tips, and mini-dialogues of typical travel scenarios make Travel Packs the sensible choice for learning foreign words and phrases. Author: Berlitz Publishing
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Studio: Berlitz Guides
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.08" Width: 5.56" Height: 0.86" Weight: 0.58 lbs.
Publisher Berlitz Guides
ISBN 9812462023 ISBN13 9789812462022
Reviews - What do customers think about Berlitz Cantonese Chinese: Travel Pack (Berlitz Travel Packs) (Chinese Edition)?
Avoid this product Oct 17, 2006
I would concur with the other reviewers - this phrase book and CD set is quite useless. The audio CD only has a tiny, tiny fraction of words/phrases listed in the book - maybe 200 or so. The rest you will need to figure out for yourself, that is if you can decipher the pronunciation. Astoundingly, the book goes with a Western-style pronunciation guide with no mention of rising/falling tones. For example, it lists:
like ut in cut like ee in bee
with no other indication of tone! I do speak a bit of Cantonese, and I know how important tones are for this language. So if you use this "guide" you would probably end up saying something that insults a person's mother or worse.
Terrible...do NOT buy this!!! Jun 6, 2004
I received the Berlitz Cantonese Chinese Travel Pack as a gift from my parents. This phrase book and CD set is completely useless. It is extremely difficult to follow - the audio CD does not follow the lessons in the book (jumps from one phrase to another in no apparent order) and often times the written text is completely different than what is spoken on the CD. The sequence of the lessons do not make sense either - the introductory part (e.g. greetings, "my name is...") are in the BACK of the book, instead of the front. There are a lot of other mistakes in the book, but these are just the worst...
Not up to usual Berlitz quality. Oct 11, 1999
Usually a great enthusiast about the Berlitz products, I can't say enough about how poor this offering is. An obvious departure from their other works, this one doesn't.
Disappointing Sep 15, 1999
I can't add much to Mr. Ulrich's very on-target remarks besides my agreement. He has already mentioned the two most irksome things about the book, namely the lack of tone indicators, and the lack of correspondance between the Cantonese and the Mandarin text. Let me clarify this for those who haven't looked at the book. Each sentence is presented in both romanization and in Chinese characters. The trouble is that while the romanization is faithful to the language spoken on the tape, the Chinese characters seem to have been borrowed wholesale from (I'm guessing) the Mandarin version of their phrasebook, leaving only the loosest of semantic ties between the two. There is thus no question of using the characters to find out exactly what you are saying. It's as if the authors were actively hostile to the ambitious student.
Simply not up to par with past Berlitz publications. Dec 12, 1998
I was extremely dissappointed in Berlitz's new series of phrasebooks. I have been collecting Berlitz phrasebooks for years in every language available, and have always found Berlitz products to be of great quality. Yet the recent changes, such as the elimination of tonal indications and textual discrepancies in the Mandarin and Cantonese series, have resulted in a poor product that will definitely weaken my loyalty. I give them credit for attempting to create a more visually appealing phrasebook. I do not, however, think that this should compromise the overall quality of the series. The use of tonal markings and the inclusion of an audio script for the cassette would greatly enhance the utility of this product. The cassette should also repeat the phrases in Cantonese so that the listener can strengthen oral and aural skills. These faults make it almost impossible to become proficient in the language as past editions have. I sincerely hope that Berlitz attempts to remedy the current situation, because there are a great deal of new phrasebooks on the market that offer both appealing and practical approaches to learning the language.