From the back cover: Cantonese for Everyone, written by an experienced teacher for independent learners and students on taught courses, is practical and easy to use. It is meant for people who have no prior knowledge of Cantonese but have a strong desire to learn and a need to use it as soon as possible. The course offers a step-by-step approach to learning spoken Cantonese. It introduces students to basic characteristics of the Cantonese dialect, the Cantonese phonetic structure, the basic communication skills, commonly used expression in daily situation, and the Hong Kong and Chinese culture. This book uses the Linguistic Society of Hong Kong Cantonese Romanization Scheme (also known as Jyutping) for Cantonese phonetic transcription. There is another version of the book available that uses the Yale Romanization System.