Thursday, February 3, 2011

Happy New Year!

It’s Chinese New Year—or Lunar New Year, as my Vietnamese friends continue to remind me—and so you might want to spread around the warmth of New Year greetings. How do you say it in Taishanese? Here are two common greetings:
新年快樂 恭喜發財
lhen nïn fai lòk gung hēi fat töi

If you need help with reading the transcription, see my notes on consonants, vowels and tones. I’m not exactly sure how to pronounce these according to the accent of the Basic Course, but I’d wager one would say lhin nïan fai lòk and gung hī fat töi, respectively.

What other New Year greetings do you know in Taishanese?


  1. My wife's mom says 身體健康, but I forget precisely how it's pronounced. I know it is fairly similar to Cantonese.

  2. Thanks, Ben! In my family’s accent, we would probably pronounce this as: sin hāi gìn hong. In another accent, it may likely sound like sen hāi gèn hong, or maybe sian hāi gìan hong. 身體健康!