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Passing on the Hakka language to all comers and eager learners.

Unicode kTang : Stimson’s Early Middle Chinese

Unicode has had this data field since 1998, yet there has been virtually no information online to explain the details. All you have are a lot of characters with a phonetic transcription. I’ve recently bought Hugh Stimson’s Fifty Five Tang … Continue reading

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English-Hakka Dictionary Online

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Norton has flagged the NTCU site as a security risk. Even though I have reinstated the links, by clicking on any link or links in these webpages, you agree that I will not be responsible for any problems you … Continue reading

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Sidu Hakka Kin Terms

The regional dialects can differ greatly in vocabulary, and this can clearly be heard in kin terms. Our look at Sidu 四都 Hakka might interest the reader. An older sister in other Hakka dialects is (A1 Zia3 亞姐, all usual … Continue reading

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Book: Introduction to Hakka, James M. Drought

I have looked forward to reading this for some time. Now I have it before me, I can review it for you. There are several good things about Drought’s Introduction to Hakka (1926) though, firstly it is a text that … Continue reading

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Yung2 Ga1 Ma2 – The She-Grizzly

It has been 18 years, almost to the day, since I posted up a copy of a Hakka tale about a creature which ate children, called the Yung2 Ga1 Ma2. Following a query on one of the groups I follow, … Continue reading

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Lonely Planet China Phrasebook – Good idea ruined by its content

Lonely Planet Phrasebooks China’s Hakka section is awful. Whilst Moiyen Hakka is nearly universally taken as the Hakka Language paradigm, this book has gone out of it’s way to find a dialect so dissimilar to other Hakka dialects, it has … Continue reading

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Variants from HanYu DaZiDian 漢語大字典 異體字

This is a text dump taken from a saved copy of a file from the now defunct gitorious site. It purports to be a list of Chinese character variants found in the HanYu DaZiDian 漢語大字典, a dictionary of some 70,000+ … Continue reading

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