I started learning 廣東話 Cantonese in August 2007.

I started learning 台山話 Toisanese in May 2010.

Most of the posts here will be for my speaking practice, but I’ll be sure to share my advice to fellow learners as well.


6 Responses to About

  1. Genevieve says:

    Hi Ben – I’m also in the Bay Area working on my dissertation on Hoisan and Cantonese language maintenance! I’d be very interested in getting in touch with you to hear more about your language learning experiences!

    • Jieny Kung says:

      Good afternoon:
      I was just on the web checking to see what is available about my family’s dialect. Unfortunately, I am not in the Bay Area but Victoria, BC Canada.

      I do speak the language even though I was born, bred, and raised in Calgary, Alberta. I am very pleased that the dialect will live on as it seems that only the elders speak it now.

      Please feel free to contact me should you wish. Good luck with your dissertation Genevieve and GREAT SITE AND RESOURCES BEN! Yes, I was shouting. It is the little “Chinese” person in me that wants to be heard.

      Have a great day.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hi Ben,

    I’m a first gen Canadian with Hoiping (hua) roots. Great job on your blog and spreading the dialect!

    Robert Yee
    Regina SK

  3. Sam says:

    Hi Ben,

    I’m glad I found this site. Unfortunately, the Toishanese Textbook has been taken offline at the ERIC site (email requests will take at least 6-12 weeks). Is it possible for me to get a copy from you through email?

    I am a Chinese-English interpreter who needs to learn to understand as many dialects as possible. Lately, I am getting some assignments from a community center for seniors, which has a number of elderly clients living around the Chinatown area, most of whom speak Toishanese only.

    Toronto ON

  4. ravingmonk says:

    Great job! I am also doing my research/doctoral study on the maintenance of Cantonese and eventually will focus on all varities of Chinese not recognized officially, such as Toishan, Southern Min, Fouzhou…but it is great that you are doing this, I even feel ashame that I do not look at this in more depth more often>

    Ohio/KY USA

  5. pandecaille says:

    Oh my God! I’m really happy to find your blog. I started to learn (HK) Cantonese and now sharing my learning experience on my blog, too. But, Toishanese, that’s really great! Maybe that will be the next language I will learn… Great work!

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