Elementary Taiwanese for Foreigners

Cover of Elementary Taiwanese for Foreigners Taipei Taiwanese Association

Taipei: Kaito Publishing, 2005.

Language: English

Format: Paperback and CD

Cover price: NT$280


Basic Taiwanese dialogues written in Mandarin (characters), Taiwanese (Tong-iong) and English, with an accompanying CD. There is no guide to pronunciation or to the Tong-iong romanization system, but the presence of audio recordings makes up for this lack somewhat.

As the title might indicate, this is designed as in introduction and is helpful for picking up everyday phrases, although serious students will be disappointed by the lack of other information besides the dialogues. The CD is useful for having good quality recordings in a clear accent, while not falling in to the common pedagogical trap of speaking extremely slowly.