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Is Hakka spoken the same in Guangdong and Taiwan?
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Although I don't speak Hakka (one of my PhD advisors studied a Hong Kong Hakka dialect, so I have a vague idea about it) I live surrounded by Hakka people, in Guangdong, and I go frequently to Taiwan ...

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How were Chinese characters taught to Chinese children before the introduction of pinyin?
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In the (very) old days, there was a system called 反切 (in English) where two characters were used, one for initial, one for the rhyme (vowel[s] + final), followed by 切 to indicate it was a phonetic ...

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Why is New York called 紐約?
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紐約 in Cantonese is nau2 joek3 (j- in jyutping is pronounced like y-). That's the closest Cantonese immigrants could come to New York, I suppose... There aren't many syllabes in Cantonese that could ...

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Written Cantonese Pronunciation
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Your title should rather be "Cantonese Pronunciation of Written (Standard) Chinese". What you are talking about is not really Cantonese, rather it's (mostly) Mandarin, that, if you read out loud, will ...

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What's the difference between 停车 (tíngchē) and 泊车 (bóchē), which both seem to mean "park car"?
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People are missing an important point here. 停車 means stopping -- look at the sign, it is a cross: two red lines on blue. This means that not only you can't park, you're not allowed to stop at the curb ...

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Is written Hakka the same as simplified Chinese?
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I have an old Hakka textbook, published in Singapore in the 1950s. It is written in transcription (for the learner) and in Chinese, using Traditional characters, including some Hakka-specific ...

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What is the meaning of ㄝ?
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http://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/ㄝ ㄝ是注音符號中的韻母之一,字形取自「世」字,發音則取「世」字之韻。 ㄝ is one of the finals in Zhuyin Fuhao, it comes from 世 and has the same final.

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Where can I find Cantonese poetry?
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Google 粵詩. This article (PDF Download from Cantonese Association) in 趣味詩文 gives a few examples.

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Pronunciation differences between pinyin 'zh' and 'ch', and between 'qi' and 'xi'
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The difference between zh and ch has nothing to do with the position of the tongue: these two are pronounced with the tongue in the same position; the difference is aspiration -- ch is aspirated while ...

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Which is more common in Cantonese?
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As Stumpy Joe says, N and L have merged. Even outside HK it is quite generalized now -- to the point that people below 40 have difficulties -- up to complete inability -- pronouncing initial N-. I don'...

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What does "kwukyel" mean in regards to Chinese language characters?
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As a learner of Chinese it means nothing to you. But since Chinese characters were and are used to write other languages, diacritics used in 口訣 (kwukyel/gugyeol) belong to the Hanzi (in Unihan just "...

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How to tell when one word starts and another word ends?
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Short of a lexicographic analysis, you can't. There is a little punctuation in Chinese, so you can split sentences into subgroups. But after that, there's no easy way to say where a word stops. Even ...

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Can one learn to comprehend Chinese texts while being unable to read aloud?
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Before learning Cantonese, I used to read a lot of Chinese texts -- and I still do, even Mandarin texts, even though I don't speak Mandarin -- and I'd use the Korean reading of sinograms. For instance,...

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Strange pronunciations in Hakka song
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I had a second (tenth?) listen, and extracted the sound to an mp3. Then I put this through Praat. I noticed something interesting: This is the first occurrence of 來, around 72 seconds in: 齐家吃开晓来称赞 ...

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Resources for learning Cantonese
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There isn't much in terms of (good) teaching materials for Canto, unfortunately. The best/least crappy is probably CUHK's Yale-China Chinese Language Centre (CLC)'s coursework, but it is not publicly ...

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Does anyone know what is the characters means (丁財貴寿)?
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丁: Male child 財: Riches 貴: Honor 寿: Longevity It's a good fortune sentence. The order (which appears normally on coins, the shape of which this reproduces), is North South East West.

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How do I type 𨳒 on a keyboard?
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One could always argue that if you find it annoying to copy/paste 𨳒, you're using it too much, and should clean up your vocabulary :-) It all depends on the platform you're using. I'm on a Mac (...

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Colour code characters according to tone on iPhone/Android
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This is not possible with existing products. You'd need a special input method, like the Multiling Keyboard, that would specifically format the input. There are a few difficulties with this: Many ...

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Correct pronunciation for 北, 白 in Cantonese?
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There is actually no /pak/ in Cantonese. At all. There are a few characters that are pronounced /paak/ [long a:], 拍, 啪, 泊, 帕, 魄, 珀, 舶, 檗, 蘗, 汃, but that's about it. As others have mentioned, ...

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What are the original Chinese characters for the Filipino-Chinese family name Suico?
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隋 is a more probable candidate for Sui. It is (some form of) Sui in Hakka and Hokkien. There's a 睢 too. 郭 is not a good candidate for Co -- in southern Chinese languages (Hakka, Minnan/Hokkien, ...

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Could someone tell me what is 奶思 means?
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It's just Chinglish for "nice!"...

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Is there really no unicode for "扌𬙙"?
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Nothing surprising about it. I too have never seen this character, and the Unicode doesn't record all Chinese characters, by far. Here's what the Unicode tables show: The main table, radical 扌, 9 ...

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(Cantonese) How to say there are always two sides to a story?
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I think 另有內情 ling6 jau5 noi6 cing4 fits the bill.

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How can I find the exact written versions of commonly spoken Cantonese words?
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The best way is to install a Cantonese input plugin for your computer/phone. I have jyutping (粵拼) installed both on my Mac and Android phone. Works great. I use this to write both in Cantonese and (...

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馅饼 in Cantonese
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Yeah. 包 (usually sans 子, most of the time, or sometimes as 包仔, and sometimes as 鮑[仔]) is a steamed bun, whereas 餡餅 is baked/pan-fried.

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How is non-standard Cantonese spoken by some mainland Chinese speakers different from "standard" pronunciation?
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Actually, HK's Cantonese is not the standard of Yue Chinese. The standard is in Guangzhou (and around, like Foshan). Second, there are many many dialects of Cantonese, and you could say that every ...

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What are the seal characters on this white jade pendant? (Characters identified: 龍德)
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Looks like 龍德, which seems to be the name of various Chinese and Vietnamese kings.

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Chinese Year on a Postmark
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It's most probably written vertically, right to left: 七年八月十一 Year 7, Month 8, 11(th day). 1938/8/11 (Year 1 is 1932). No idea what the 九/9 at the end stands for. EDIT As Wang Dingwei says, Henan ...

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What Chinese characters are rare in modern but common in classical Chinese?
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Based on Wang Dingwei's answer, I ran a quick script on these two files. Here are the Classical characters that don't appear in the Modern list. C Class Modern 鐸 4128 ? 諲 5008 ? 鞶 ...

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Written Cantonese Pronunciation 2
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給 will never be pronounced bei2. There can't be any confusion here. At least not in the minds of Cantonese speakers. The reason you are confused is because you seem to assume that the only difference ...

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