Here is the vocabulary list for lesson seven of the Basic Course. Whereas the last three lessons discussed classroom vocabulary, this lesson brings us into the realm of food.
- 佢 · kui · he, her, him, it
- 逽 · nìak · you (plural); (singular in the possessive case)
- 哦 · ngọi · we, us
- 買 · mai · to buy
- 鷄 · gai · chicken
- 米 · māi · raw rice
- 飯 · fàn · cooked rice
- 粉 · fūn · noodle, powder
- 街 · gại* · street
- 去街 · hui gại* · to go out
- 吃 · hiak · to eat
- 做 · du · to do, work, make
- 慢慢行 · màn-màn* häng · good-bye (walk slowly)
- 幾好喇嗎？ · gī-hō lā-ma (gēi-hō lā-ma) · how are you?
- 走 · dāu · to leave, to run
- 乃個 · nại goi · who?
- 呀 · ā · (final particle)
- 出街 · chūt gại* (chūt gại) · to go out
Unlike Mandarin or Cantonese, Taishanese has single-syllable words for the plural pronouns (i.e. us, you, them). In this chapter, we get two: 哦 ngọi “us” and 逽 nìak “you” (“y’all” or “you guys” in colloquial American). Since these words don’t exist in Mandarin or Cantonese, these characters are adaptations.
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