--- In qalam@yahoogroups.com, "John H. Jenkins" <jenkins@...> wrote:

> Cantonese-speakers rarely use phonetic input because they're not
> trained in school to do a phonetic analysis of the sounds they make
> when they speak, so it's very difficult for them. They find shape-
> based systems easier to manage.

So the phonetic analysis required to use the alphabet has to be learned
in school? That is what I also believe.