Taiwanese conversation: self- introduction

Taiwanese languages are diverse with different ethnic groups, and each language is part of Taiwanese cultures. However, the most widely spoken language is Hô-ló-uē, which is commonly considered Taiwanese. There are many versions of Taiwanese spelling, according to experts and teachers who are teaching the language either at churches or local schools. No matter which version of the spelling that people have learned, the most important thing is to make visitors enjoy their lives and cultures here. So let’s speak Taiwanese!

**William, I-chiro and Á-tik meet in metro Taipei and share the apartment. The following is their conversation.

Conversation

William: Lí-hó, guá kiò ui-liâm, án-ná tshing-hoo lí ?( Hi, my name is William, what about you/how to call you?)

Á-tik: guá kiò Lîm bûn tik, kiò guá Á-tik tō ē-sái. (My name is Lîm bûn tik, it’s fine to call me Á-tik)

William: Á-tik, bô-būn-tê!Tse sī gún pîng-iú, I-chiro. ( Á-tik, No problem/ Okay. This is my friend, I-chiro)

Á-tik:I-chiro? Lí-sī ji̍p-pún-lâng ?( I-chiro? Are you Japanese?)

I-chiro: Sī . Lí sī Tâi-uan-lâng ?( Yes. Are you Taiwanese?)

Á-tik: Tio̍h, guán tau tī Tâi-lâm. Lín sī-án-tsuánn ē-lâi Tâi-uan ?( That’s right, my house is in Tainan. What brought you guys here? )

William: Guán tī su-huān-tāi-ha̍k tha̍k-tsheh. ( We are studying at National Normal University.)

Á-tik:Guân-lâi ! Tsin gâu ! Lín ū siánn būn-tê, koh-lâi tshuē guá. ( On, I see. You are great! If you guys have any questions, feel free to ask me)

William & I-chiro: To-siā lí. ( Thank you )

Photo credit: ontheworldmap.com

** The following is the list of cities with English and Taiwanese. The spelling may be slightly different based on local pronunciation.

Taiwanese cities

Keelung: Ke-lâng

Taipei: Tâi-pak

Taoyuan: Thô-hn̂g

Hsinchu: Sin-tik

Miaoli: Biâu-li̍k

Taichung: Tâi-tiong

Nantou: Lâm-tâu

Changhua: Tsiong-huà

Yunlin: Hûn-lîm

Chiayi: Ka-gī

Tainan: Tâi-lâm

Kaohsiung: Ko-hiông/Tá-káu

Pingtung: Pîn-tong

Taitung: Tâi-tang

Hualien: Hua-liân

Yilan: Gî-lân

The list of countries

United States of America: Bí-kok

United Kingdom: Ing-kok

Germany: Tik-kok

France: Huat-kok

Spain: Se-pan-gâ

** Hope this conversation is helpful for you and feel free to leave comments.

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