Presentation’s topics 1. Taishanese History and Culture 2.Taishanese Vocabulary
Taishan Dialect (Taishanese,台山话） Taishanese (Hoishanese or Toisaness) is a dialect of Yue (Canton). Taishanese is a sister dialect of Cantonese.
Where is Taishanese Spoken: Taishanese is spoken in and around Taishan City. Southwest of Guangzhou on the coast of Guangdong Province HongKong, United States (mostly California and New York City), Canada and Vietnam(Ho Chi Minh City).
Map for Taishan
Map of Taishan
Where is Taishanese Spoken Taishanese is spoken in 19 township in Taishan, except Chixi (赤溪镇) The People in Chixi speak Hakka dialect (客家话）
The History of Taishanese Taishanese originates from the Taishan regions and it extends to the towns around Siyi(四邑）. From the mid-19th to late 20th centuries , Taishan was a major source of Chinese immigrants in Americans. Taishanese was the dominant dialect spoken in Chinatown across North American.
Taishanese mixed with Western language Almost every household has a direct or indirect relative living aboard. Past to the later generation from hundred years ago from the oversea people. Some Spoken Taishanese always mixed with some English words in it, but the people who say it do not realized they speak the Taishanese with English.
Taishanese mixed with Western Language 台山話叫球為「波」（ball），打球叫「打ball」，好球叫「骨波」（good ball），主攻手躍起把球打過去叫「爸市」（pass穿過），球打出界外叫「倒曬」（out side出外邊），球賽雙方打成滿分平手叫「酒市」（deuce平手），雙方交換場地叫「請曬」（change side換一邊），打籃球防守叫「嘜波」（mark ball注意球），遠距投籃叫「浪術」（long should長特殊用法）。
Relationship with Cantonese Taishanese is a dialect of Yue branch of the Chinese Language. Taishanese pronunciation and vocabulary may sometimes differ greatly from Standard Cantonese. Speakers of Standard Cantonese often feel it difficult to understand Taishanese without adapting. Taishenses-speakers understand Standard Cantonese.
Taishanese Vocabulary No official standardized form of written Taishanese exists. Many common words used in spoken Taishanese have no corresponding Chinese characters. Example for plural pronones: