Hokkien 福建话 also known as (Ban Nam Oay-閩南話, Taigi, Lan Lang Oay, Tng Lang Oay) is one of the ancient languages in China. Hokkien words are incorporated in the Korean, Japanese and Vietnamese languages in the past. Join visitors from 125 lands to reactivate your Hokkien by enriching your vocabulary here.
Taiwanese(Hokkien) and Endangered Languages
language perspective, also very active at SOAS, is language
endangerment and language survival. It is believed that about half of
the world’s 6000 languages are not likely to survive another 100
years due to globalisation, and social, economic, technological and
political changes. It is already visibly happening fast enough around
people would go as far as to say that the Taiwanese language is
endangered – at least for now. It is still being learnt as a first
language by many children, and is spoken in
other communities and diasporas in south-east Asia. But it is surely
not totally safe. Living here at home, you may feel comfortable –
Taiwanese is always available (even increasingly available) on TV,
and perhaps when you call your older relatives. But living away, as I
have done most of my life, I become more aware of a decline every
time I come back to Taiwan; I see that children of my Taipei friends
have little competence in the language, and are embarrassed to speak
what they know, that parts of the language are disappearing, such as
those that relate to passing farming practices, and that the local
dialects of Taiwanese, if not already declining, will be threatened
by efforts to strengthen the language nationally.
endangerment is relevant to Taiwan in several ways. Firstly, it is
worth remembering that even languages with very large populations can
decline – for example, Irish Gaelic declined as a result of British
colonialism and then collapsed when the great potato famine of the
mid 19th century killed a large number of the remaining speakers.
Similar patterns are occurring today in various parts of the world.
In Taiwan, although there are important advances in the recognition
and use of Taiwanese, there is still the possibility of political or
economic pressure, or of “bottom up” language decline, as
ordinary people speak it less and less every day in the home.
Nathan Professor Der-Hwa Victoria Rau, Providence University, Taiwan
Hokkien - Words That You Can't Do Without
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