Thursday, August 11, 2016

Toi san wah

S back to people learning foreign Chinese languages, that is languages they do not speak at home, back in the day everyone HAD to learn Taishanese. But the truth is even after that became not true anymore.. people still picked up Taishanese. Most Chinese who have been in Chinatown for a while still at least know how to pretend to speak some form of it, at least a few phrases.

And people tend to pick it up in the kitchen especially. Which gets me to thinking. Maybe I would be a lot better at doing this blog if I started working in some of the kitchens. Like a part time thing.

So a lot of people pick up Taishanese... and a lot more people pick up Cantonese... usually from TVB. Well that's mostly how I learned my Cantonese.

So it became a thing that if you were Taishanese and you hung out with a lot of Chinese and watched the kek jap n TVB would actually use Cantonese more when talking to your friends.

This is enough of a trend that I have heard a woman we were doing teet da for, which included among other things, the fire cupping that Michael Phelps has made famous now. But instead of just soreness she ahd some old injuries so Fore cups alone wasn't going to do it.

She was originally Taishanese, but I think she was born here or Hong Kong, but Herng Ha was Taishan.
She actually thought that Taishanese was just some weird accent that old people developed in their old age.

In fact the first time I heard young people speaking Taishanese was when I worked at the Chinatown McDonalds.. (now Joy Luck Hot Pot.)  Suddenly, after the last Hong Kong  person left (excluding me of course) the teenagers in the back started speaking very loudly in Taishanese and I was actually surpirsed because even though I knew it was a language, I guess subconsciously I didn't think young people spoke.

Now this trend isn't as true now because a lot of people come here and are coming here directly from China. Whereas before you got a lot of Taishanese who were passing through Hong Kong.
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