Hakka dictionary

Discussions on the Hakka dialects.
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Armie

Hakka dictionary

Post by Armie » Tue Sep 30, 2003 12:13 am

I am not Hakka but I'm willing to learn. I have tried to find a Hakka-English dictionary but the only one that seems to have been printed was by D.McIver and I can't buy it anywhere. Could someone help me?
Thomas Chin

Re: Hakka dictionary

Post by Thomas Chin » Tue Sep 30, 2003 7:00 am

You can buy Hakka-related books and learning materials via http://www.smcbook.com.tw/ . Look in the Hakka section. They also sell reprints of D.McIver's dict.
You can order via e-mail and pay via credit card. Ships internationally.

Regards,

Thomas Chin
Dylan Sung

Re: Hakka dictionary

Post by Dylan Sung » Tue Sep 30, 2003 7:35 am

About the dictionary, the items are listed by pronunciation. That is, the pronunciation of leading characters in a word, phrase or sentence.

There is no English-Chinese lookup, so you can only use it for Hakka Chinese > English meaning.

The dictionary listing is alphabetical according to the sounds of Hakka. So, the sounds "a" begins the the book and sounds beginning in "y" ends the book. Alphabetical according to the romanisation used. Note the initials are (off the top of my head)

a, ch,chh, e,f,h,i,k,kh,l,m,n, ng, ny, o, p, ph, s, sh, t, th, v, y

where initial consonant b being listed as p, p as ph, d as t, t as th, g as k and k as kh etc... It needs getting used to. (I might have missed some above...)

The Hakka contained is very comprehensive, with old stuff from the classics every now and again. Because of the date it was compiled, it contains modern phrases up to the 1920's and 30's only, and modern Hakka vocabulary post-MacIver is influenced by borrowings from Cantonese and Mandarin via the media, where new items borrowed are pronounced in Hakka of course.

The dictionary keeps apart sounds which may have merged in other dialects, so you may need to search in a couple of places. For instance chh and tsh are confused in my dialect.

Cheers,

Dyl.
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Re: Hakka dictionary

Post by mavericker » Thu Oct 25, 2007 4:00 am

Thomas Chin wrote:You can buy Hakka-related books and learning materials via http://www.smcbook.com.tw/ . Look in the Hakka section. They also sell reprints of D.McIver's dict.
You can order via e-mail and pay via credit card. Ships internationally.

Regards,

Thomas Chin



Thank you for that link-I'm interested in buying some Hakka books also but I don't know how to navigate that site because it's in Chinese-is there an English language version available?
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Post by mavericker » Thu Nov 29, 2007 5:47 pm

Does anyone know of any English to Hakka language dictionaries I should buy?
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Re: Hakka dictionary

Post by mavericker » Fri Nov 30, 2007 12:12 am

Thomas Chin wrote:You can buy Hakka-related books and learning materials via http://www.smcbook.com.tw/ . Look in the Hakka section. They also sell reprints of D.McIver's dict.
You can order via e-mail and pay via credit card. Ships internationally.

Regards,

Thomas Chin


Hi-where is the Hakka section of that site? I want to learn Hakka also but I can't find it.

Is there an English-language version of that site available?
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Re: Hakka dictionary

Post by mavericker » Sat Dec 01, 2007 6:02 am

Armie wrote:I am not Hakka but I'm willing to learn. I have tried to find a Hakka-English dictionary but the only one that seems to have been printed was by D.McIver and I can't buy it anywhere. Could someone help me?


Hi-I am interested in buying some English to Hakka dictionaries also.

I think it be easier to buy the dictionary here:

http://bookshop.blackwell.co.uk/jsp/id/ ... 9576380778

Someone just told me about it. :D
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Re: Hakka dictionary

Post by pothio » Wed Jul 08, 2009 7:59 am

it contains modern phrases up to the 1920's and 30's only, and modern Hakka vocabulary post-MacIver is influenced by borrowings from Cantonese and Mandarin via the media, where new items borrowed are pronounced in Hakka of course.
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Re: Hakka dictionary

Post by luckystar09 » Mon Aug 31, 2009 9:17 am

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Re: Hakka dictionary

Post by WOON » Mon Oct 04, 2010 12:26 am

actually hakka language is change much in MALAYSIA, because we do mix some words with other chinese language in our daily speak in hakka family in MALAYSIA. we also change the way of speak to make it easy and short too, while the origin some hakka speak of way is too old style and youngster now days speak less.
we can found many type of hakka language in MALAYSIA in diffrent state.the way of speak and the sound is very hard to understand.
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Re: Hakka dictionary

Post by SuperAnt » Fri Sep 02, 2011 1:25 am

Finally I downloaded the Hakka dictionary. It works good now. I don't know that this is such a big problem to download it for free. :)
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Re: Hakka dictionary

Post by pangkatnyin » Fri Oct 28, 2011 11:47 am

where is the downloadable hakka dictionary :)
I know the most solid resources maintained by the rich taiwanese department of hakka.

http://wiki.hakka.gov.tw/Default.aspx

don't let the chinese fonts discourage you^^

pkn
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