Hainanese

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vlag
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Hainanese

Post by vlag » Mon Mar 03, 2008 9:24 pm

Hi
I'd like to get information on Hainanese language learning. There's hardly any on the net on Hainanese. Im a Philippine-Hokkien and interested in some of the other Chinese tongues such as Hainanese. Can anyone show me some info on the Hainanese tones/tonal system, for example?
Thanks
ong
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Post by ong » Tue Mar 04, 2008 3:31 am

Can you read chinese?Give me your email if you can.
SimL
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Post by SimL » Tue Mar 04, 2008 1:42 pm

Hi vlag,

Sorry I can't help. You undoubtedly have tried Google. There's very little out there for learning Hainanese, as far as I can tell.

When I googled, it produced the following 4 links which either might be worth following up, or might be of general interest, even if they don't lead anywhere.

1. The Foo Clan Association in Singapore

http://www.fooclan.org/

Perhaps you could mail them and ask if they have more information about learning Hainanese. Most of the site is in Chinese, but there was an interesting article in English (under 文章 Articles) about ancestor worship.

2. A trip to Hainan Island

http://bluecolander.wordpress.com/2005/06/

This is a blog of a Hainanese Australian, who went back for a "roots trip" to Hainan Island. I really enjoyed reading it.

3. Hainanese opera

http://video.aol.com/video-detail/haina ... /255322847

I thought it was quite interesting to watch - the movie image quality is higher than a lot of stuff posted on the net.

4. A worldwide site for Hainanese culture and people

http://www.hainan-world.com/dir/hainandia.html

It says at the start of the site that it is SOON TO DISAPPEAR, but I thought perhaps you might like to follow up some of the links.

Regards,
Sim.
ong
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Post by ong » Tue Mar 04, 2008 2:39 pm

The truth is hainan university has done research on a few thousands of hainanese words for at least ten sects of it.We have no idea why they don't publish it.
vlag
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Post by vlag » Tue Mar 04, 2008 4:07 pm

ong wrote:Can you read chinese?Give me your email if you can.
Hey Ong,
Thanks. My Chinese reading capabilities were much better when I was younger, living in the Philippines. But since I have left the country in 1999 when I was around 10, and Im now living in Europe, my reading has gone down terribly.. But I can still write chinese like a pro.. but readings another story. I'll give you an email ad in PM, in a moment.
vlag
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Post by vlag » Tue Mar 04, 2008 4:27 pm

SimL wrote:Hi vlag,

Sorry I can't help. You undoubtedly have tried Google. There's very little out there for learning Hainanese, as far as I can tell.
Yeh, there are more entries on 'Hainanese Chicken' than the Hainanese dialect itself!!
vlag
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Post by vlag » Sun Mar 09, 2008 10:39 pm

Hi Ong
One of the things you sent me via email, I figured out that there were 8 tones in Hainanese just by looking at numbers 1-10 and other words. But, I found a video on YouTube that explained there are 6 tones in Hainanese.. Are they just different varieties of Hainanese or what?
ong
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Post by ong » Mon Mar 10, 2008 1:23 am

There are 8 tones with 3 rusheng.Don't believe those youtube things.
Open an account in gawab.com.I will send you a 31M phd thesis.It was published as a book a few years ago too.
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