Hakka and aboriginal languages


#1

As my post on learning Taiwanese (Hokkien) got a good response, I would like to ask if anyone has had any experience learning Hakka or any of Taiwan’s aboriginal languages. I guess no one would learn one of the aboriginal languages unless they had a close connection with an aboriginal community or special academic interest.

Anyway if anyone has any experiences to report please post them.


#2

Indeed, I’m doing the romanization tables for Dongshi (Taizhong
County) Hakka. These are on my website [in Chinese only] as well as
in the textbooks we make. This is a total volunteer effort of all
involved.

The final sentence on my tables is that even though I’ve made the
table, I cannot actually speak Hakka, (due to studying Taiwanese
etc. at the same time.)

Note that if I wasn’t surrounded by Hakkas, I probably wouldn’t have
studied it.

By the way, I also studied sheng1yun4xue2 = historical Chinese
phonology, where you get an overview of all dialects at once… Be
like me and go sit in, at your nearest university’s Chinese Dept., 3rd
year.


#3

Hakka “mother tongue” lessons are being offered at 3F, No. 92, Minquan W. Rd., Datong District, Taibei 103 Tel: 886-2-2553-6533 Fax: 886-2-2553-6548 E-mail: taiwanhakka at pchome dot com dot tw Web site: http://www.hi-taiwan.org - it’s one of those horrible Taiwan-style web sites with annoying animated gifs and moving writing all over the place. I don’t know whether these lessons would be suitable for someone starting from zero - that is the problem I had trying to learn Hokkien together with Taiwanese people at a local church. Anyway, the Hakka place is just a few doors along from the main entrance of Minquan MRT.