Saturday, October 04, 2008

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I just ran across this message posted recently on a Facebook group, and it's blowing my mind.

at 2:00am on August 13th, 2008
nihao. Wo tseu fagoren. Shenzhen hua hay ni ! mingbaile putankuoa. wo jiao zeugen. tsa meumay ?/duo shao xiang ? piayi yi dien ? xing boxing ? tsaijen ! :)

I can make out about 80% of what he's saying, but can anybody tell me what this is? Cantonese? A dialect of Mandarin? An obscure romanization system?

3 Comments:

At Oct 5, 2008, 2:16:00 PM, Blogger Matthew said:

Looks like a French guy in Shenzhen who hasn't learned Pinyin. Probably using something similar to the phonetic spelling used in a Lonely Planet guide.

 
At Oct 5, 2008, 3:51:00 PM, Anonymous Andy said:

What's funny is that it can be basically understood by people with a knowledge of pinyin and spoken Chinese.

I especially like 'tsaijen', it's like fake Wade-Giles or something.

 
At Dec 2, 2008, 9:15:00 AM, Anonymous Meg said:

I was aboutto say what Andy already said, that its some kind of French wade-giles.

 

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