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re: Hakka expression for greeting.
:Sit Fan mm Mian o? (Have you eaten yet?).
In HK you can say "Sit6 fan4 m1 qian2 o1?" (numbers are tone numbers) /sit5
fan53 m34 tshien11 o33?/ (these numbers represent the pitch of each
syllable; and range between 1 (lowest pitch) to 5 (the highest pitch).
or 'sit hoi fan mau o?' /sit6 hOi11 fan53 mau11 o33/
In Cantonese, there is a parallel phrase, 'sik jo fan mei?' which means the
same and is used the same way.
You may also want to know how to address your family members when making
Here's an almost complete list of relationships.
Some of it is rather pedantic.
Please let me redo Dixie's messages in Hong Kong Hakka, so you can compare
the sound differences. We, each of us, do not know very much about other
people's Hakka, or how different they can sound. so here goes.
Thai Ka Ho! Ho fun-hi loi-to li-vi tung Thai-ka kung-fa, hi-mong Thai-ka
vui tou-tou yun Hakka Forum.
Tai53 ga33 hau32! Hau32 fon11 hi32 loi11 dau53 lai32 vui53 Tai55 Ga33
gong32 va53, hi32 mong55 Tai55 Ga33 foi53 do33 do33 yung55 Hakka Forum.
(Glad to come here to talk, hope you will use Hakka forum often)
Ngai siong, Hakka Forum pi soc.culture group hang ka ho.
Ngai11 siong32 Hakka Forum bi32 soc.culture group han11 go55 hau32
(I think Hakka forum is better than soc.culture newsgroup)
An e sen, choi kean ! (Thai is all for now, good-bye)
He53 an32 nung33 sen33, tsai55 gen53