Happy New Year! Or as you might say in Taishanese:
Lhen Nïn Fai Lòk
The bulk of last year’s blogging covered the Taishanese Basic Course with the addition of my own commentary. This blog also helped me accomplish some personal goals, among them being proficiency in the Cangjie input method, my first YouTube video and, most importantly, a constant connection with the Taishanese language. Much of this would have been impossible without the invaluable contribution of my readers, most notably Ben, Dominic and Stephen. Thank you so much.
Below I’ve pulled together a list of the lessons I covered in 2011. These lessons comprise the first volume of the Basic Course.
- Lesson 1 – Tones and vowels
- Lesson 2 – Consonants
- Lesson 3 – More complex syllables
- Lesson 4 (vocabulary, dialogue, video) – Talking about “these” and “those”
- Lesson 5 (vocabulary, dialogue) – Talking about “this” and “that”, 係唔係 questions
- Lesson 6 (vocabulary, dialogue) – 有冇 questions
- Lesson 7 (vocabulary, dialogue) – V 唔 V questions, 嗎 questions, 乜 questions
- Lesson 8 (vocabulary, dialogue) – 抑或 “or” questions
- Lesson 9 (vocabulary, dialogue) – Expressing “give” and “to” with 俾/畀
- Lesson 10 (vocabulary, dialogue) – Relative clauses with 個
- Lesson 11 (vocabulary, dialogue) – A 唔 A questions
- Lesson 12 (vocabulary, dialogue) – Comparing things with 過, 比較, 有冇 and 最/至
- Lesson 13 (vocabulary, dialogue) – Adjectives composed from 好 + V
- Lesson 14 (vocabulary, dialogue) – Expressing location with 到, 喺 and 該 kwoi*
- Lesson 15 (vocabulary, dialogue) – V + 到/喺 + Location
- Lesson 16 (vocabulary, dialogue, reading) – 到/喺 + Location + V
- Lesson 17 (vocabulary, dialogue, reading) – Talking about “ability” with 得
- Lesson 18 (vocabulary, dialogue, reading) – Creating adverbs with 得
- Lesson 19 (vocabulary, dialogue, reading) – More on adverbs: V + Obj + V 得
- Lesson 20 (vocabulary, dialogue, reading) – Adverbs in questions: V + Obj + V 唔 V 得
I’m going to take a break from posting more lessons for a few months. For this new year, I have some new and shiny goals, but first I have to wrap up some other projects and also figure out which goals are realistically achievable. The goals include an online searchable dictionary, more videos, interviews and profiles of Taishanese speakers, more structured lesson formats, and perhaps even a little interactive learning software. If you’d like to help out with some of this, let me know!
As always, if you have any questions, suggestions or corrections, please don’t hesitate to share your thoughts.