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Most Chinese residents of the United States speak one or another of a group of Cantonese dialects. This primer is designed to give beginning students (whether Americans, or Chinese who speak only Mandarin) a working knowledge of the standard form of these dialects. It may be used not only in linguistics courses but for self-study by private individuals who wish to have oral communication with Chinese business people in the United States. The main body of the book consists of 24 conversational lessons, of which the first eight contain the basic elements of grammatical structure; the remaining lessons are devoted to the learning of vocabulary and idiom needed in everyday life. All the lessons are connected natural conversations or stories, and all the sentences as such as are used in actual speech.