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by Helmut
Thu May 06, 2004 12:46 pm
Forum: Cantonese language forum
Topic: What does it mean?
Replies: 7
Views: 19447

Re: What does it mean?

"Bo" with the -o- pronounced as in English "go" ?

Did not see the movie. Could it be "treasure" ?
by Helmut
Thu May 06, 2004 12:40 pm
Forum: Cantonese language forum
Topic: Cantonese/Mandarin differences
Replies: 3
Views: 11083

Re: Cantonese/Mandarin differences

It is unlikely that the problem has to do with her speaking Cantonese. Ideas: 1) traditional translation is really bad, because the translator is not really good at traditional characters 2) the text contains a lot of specific technical terms concerning a subject that your friend is not familiar wit...
by Helmut
Thu Oct 02, 2003 11:32 am
Forum: Cantonese language forum
Topic: Why not "Dagongbao" but "Takungpao"??
Replies: 6
Views: 10507

Re: Why not "Dagongbao" but &a

Wade-Giles would fit for "Takungpao".

Not so sure about "Singtao". Maybe a simplified Wade-Giles ?

There are websites with conversion lists.
E.g. http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/e ... table2.htm
or http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/eastasian/
by Helmut
Tue Sep 30, 2003 5:17 pm
Forum: Cantonese language forum
Topic: Why not "Dagongbao" but "Takungpao"??
Replies: 6
Views: 10507

Re: Why not "Dagongbao" but "Takungpao"?

There are old romanisation systems, that use only T, K and P, but no D, G and B.

This name looks very much like such a system applied. It is still Mandarin. Just not modern pinyin.

Example (this time in Cantonese): HK street and place names never start with D,G or B, for the same reason.
by Helmut
Sat Sep 06, 2003 9:57 am
Forum: Cantonese language forum
Topic: tone change question (money, moon, fish, box, plate, night,
Replies: 2
Views: 8882

Re: tone change question (money, moon, fish, box, plate, ni

Last year we had a discussion in this forum about tone sandhi and tone change. Try this link http://www.chineselanguage.org/forum/read.php?f=1&i=1405&t=1405#reply_1405 or if the link does not work, use the forum search facility by using the term "tone sandhi pattern". The thread contains a l...
by Helmut
Sun Aug 10, 2003 3:21 pm
Forum: Cantonese language forum
Topic: the word "except"
Replies: 4
Views: 8474

Re: the word "except"

Ceoi4 zo2 gaa3 kei4 zi1 ngoi6, ngo5 dei6 . . .

Would you say 'zi1 ngoi6' is necessary, optional or wrong here ?
by Helmut
Mon Apr 21, 2003 8:20 am
Forum: Cantonese language forum
Topic: im new and im young
Replies: 12
Views: 11817

Re: im new and im young

Cantonese to the GCSE level ? You are really lucky. This course is clearly your best bet. You want to learn something before joining the class ? Apart from the mentioned websites which are free of charge, you may consider to buy a beginners course (book with tapes). My personal favourite is "Colloqu...
by Helmut
Tue Apr 15, 2003 9:44 pm
Forum: Cantonese language forum
Topic: What is romanised -r-?
Replies: 6
Views: 14644

Re: What is romanised -r-?

The -r- can be found in Cantonese romanisation in two cases. Case 1: In some elaborate but not popular romanisation systems, the -r- is used to indicate tones. The current version of Teach Yourself seems to be doing that. Probably not the case here in the forum. Case 2: Basically what Thomas Chan wa...
by Helmut
Fri Apr 04, 2003 11:24 pm
Forum: Cantonese language forum
Topic: Cantonese or Mandarin
Replies: 10
Views: 35847

Re: Cantonese or Mandarin

From a pure language point of view, Cantonese is not a more difficult language than Mandarin. E.g. the famous 9-tone system has only ethymological importance. In real life, modern Cantonese has 6 tones, which is not so different from the Mandarin 4 or 5. However, there are a few rather technical pro...
by Helmut
Sat Oct 26, 2002 5:38 pm
Forum: Mandarin language forum
Topic: Pinyin, why?
Replies: 21
Views: 33311

Re: Pinyin, why?

floreo wrote > Well, I will begin with your original issue " PinYin" alphabetic > system for chinese pronunciation. It's quite odd, tho we chinese use > Letras Romanas( roman letters) we don't acutally pronouse them like > they should be in latin language. Well, nobody today pronounces roman letters...
by Helmut
Thu Oct 10, 2002 9:23 pm
Forum: Cantonese language forum
Topic: Writing down the spoken language
Replies: 24
Views: 23436

Government printer

:-) wrote: > > I assumed that because Sidney Lau's dictionary is published > by THE GOVERNMENT PRINTER in Hong Kong, therefore, has the > endorsement by the Government of Hong Kong. No. I think, conventional wisdom is that no HK government ever bothered to do such a thing. If you have any evidence t...
by Helmut
Thu Oct 03, 2002 10:01 pm
Forum: Cantonese language forum
Topic: learning Cantonese?!
Replies: 20
Views: 24144

Re: Protective

Ha ha, this reminds me of one of Larry Feign's early cartoons. A Westerner buys something in HK. The Westerner tries to be nice and talk Cantonese to the shop assistant. The shop assistant tries to be nice and talks English. Both insist. They both end up being very angry that the other did not appre...
by Helmut
Wed Jul 17, 2002 10:31 pm
Forum: Cantonese language forum
Topic: Cantonese Dictionary
Replies: 25
Views: 70926

Re: Cantonese Dictionary

"Phrases in Cantonese" can be found like all good books in appropriate Hongkong book stores, if it hasn't been sold out already. If this is not an option, it is also offered on Amazon, but not on every Amazon. Amazon.co.uk does offer it. Btw. the page comes with a book review of mine telling one of ...
by Helmut
Mon Jul 15, 2002 9:56 pm
Forum: Cantonese language forum
Topic: Cantonese Dictionary
Replies: 25
Views: 70926

Re: Cantonese Dictionary

Rathpy, positive. All books of Betty Hung and also of Matthews/Yip that I know use Yale. No ! I would not say that a smaller dictionary is generally better for a beginner. It is not a matter of size. But here, the small book offers some things that the big book lacks: 1. The E-C dictionary that we t...
by Helmut
Fri Jul 12, 2002 10:58 pm
Forum: Cantonese language forum
Topic: Cantonese Dictionary
Replies: 25
Views: 70926

Re: Cantonese Dictionary

James, My funds are limited . . .. Do I have the one you mention? Yes and no. No, because last time I was in HK, it was not yet on sale. Yes, because the one I mentioned in the previous post should be an older edition of the same book. Author (Kwan Choi Wah = Caihua Guan) and publisher are the same,...

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