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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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Pronouns

Pronouns in Hakka Personal Pronouns They are different depending on person (first, second or third) and number (singular and plural). Singular 𠊎 ngai² {I, me} 爾 ngi² {you} 渠 gi² {he/him, she/her, it} Plural 吾兜 nga¹ diu¹ {we, us} 若兜 … Continue reading

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The Hakka First Person Pronoun

𠊎 is the Hakka character for ‘I’, and ‘me’. The pronunciation[1] is ngai² in most dialects.[2] It is incorporated in the Unicode character set as 𠊎 (you need to have the correct fonts to view this character) in the Extension … Continue reading

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Numbers

Cardinals Numbers in Hakka follow the same pattern as those in other Chinese dialects, more or less. 1 一 yit⁵ one 2 二 ngi⁴ two 3 三 sam¹ three 4 四 si⁴ four 5 五 ng³ five 6 六 liuk⁵/luk⁵ … Continue reading

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IPA Keyboard

I work on a Windows Vista machine, and sometimes resort to using Character Map that comes with the operating system as a useful tool in which to select non-ASCII letters. However, if one is writing things that require a lot … Continue reading

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Pear Stories

A long while ago, a friend and Hakka researcher, Dr. Chunfat Lau asked me to participate in recording a Pear Story in my native dialect of Hakka from Hong Kong. That was almost a decade ago, and the recordings and … Continue reading

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Hakka Playing Cards

A set of brand new Hakka Luk Fu Playing cards contains 38 cards. There are four suits, numbered from 1 to 9, but two of the 1’s have special names (Yau bak zu and Mau2 Cen2 zai3). The remaining two … Continue reading

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