Cantonese and Thai romanizations

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Senior Member
Iscritto dal: 11.10.2015
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I feel like I have to get this out of my chest. On Youtube and other websites, I have seen people treat Cantonese and Thai like a joke. They are unaware what kind of romanization/transliteration those languages use. They never even asked people who speak Cantonese and Thai for help. I've seen people add Pinyin as the writing system of Cantonese. Jyutping is the correct writing system of Cantonese.

This is Pinyin: Nǐ hǎo
This is Jyutping: Nei hou
I also see people add numbers next to the words in Jyutping, representing the tone. You can do that if you want to. If I recall correctly, Mandarin has 4 tones and Cantonese has about 8, I believe.

Thai romanization like this "S̄wạs̄dī" really gets me on my nerves. If a non-Thai speaker like me wanted to read the transliteration of Thai, how are they going to understand this type of transliteration. This is the right transliteration: "sàwàtdii" or "sawatdi" minus the accents. There are many types of Thai romanization, but Wiktionary mentions Paiboon and Royal Institute.

Use these websites to help you with romanization/transliterations of Cantonese and Thai:

If you want to listen to the language being spoken and follow along with the transliteration/romanization, use Google Translate or Bing Microsoft Translator.

Please respond if you have anything to add or want to correct me.

Editor Leader of the Balkan Squad
Iscritto dal: 14.10.2016

I have no corrections--I just want to state that I totally agree with you. Not only do Pinyin and Jyutping need to be separated, but Cantonese needs to be added as a language option (if it hasn't already been added).

Iscritto dal: 31.12.2013

Now, the Cantonese language is listed on the website, at last. The little problem to me, however, is that it is listed as 'Chinese (Cantonese)', which I find a little bit confusing. I'd rather have 'Cantonese' and 'Mandarin Chinese'.

Senior Member
Iscritto dal: 11.10.2015

However Mandarin Chinese is just called Chinese here. There are lots of Chinese dialects, so this website could be more specific.

Editor Leader of the Balkan Squad
Iscritto dal: 14.10.2016

Funny you say that--there's a very popular theory among scholars of the Chinese language that states there is no one true Chinese language, but multiple Chinese-based languages that are all part of the same family.

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