台灣話 / Taiwanese Hokkien - 辭典和歌詞 / dictionary recommendations and song lyrics

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台灣話 / Taiwanese Hokkien - 辭典和歌詞 / dictionary recommendations and song lyrics

Postby Woods » 2019-11-10, 6:45

Is there a decent online dictionary where I can check the meaning and pronunciation of Taiwanese words?


Also, I really like that song and I would like to find the lyrics, but as you can imagine it's a little bit comlicated:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXSKtLvK-Vw

The following site lists the lyrics, but they are written with Hàn characters, so I cannot make out the pronunciation:

http://www.darklyrics.com/lyrics/chthonic/takasagoarmy.html#3

There's also an English version where the chorus is also written with Latin letters, but it doesn't have the original verses - as in that version they are sung in English.

Could someone write down the lyrics of that song in church romanisation, or even better, bopomofo - showing the Taiwanese pronunciation?


What kind of advice would you have for reading and understanding Taiwanese songs or texts? If they are written with Hàn characters, is there a resource I can use to find the pronunciation? Also the words, I don't think they always make sense - I was trying to translate some Taiwanese song titles using a Chinese dictionary and I was getting a whole word once out of ten times, in the other cases I was just getting a vague idea what the song might be about. So it seems they use the same characters, but the combinations are different from the ones used in Mandarin, so it's difficult to get the meaning. But if there's no standard for this language, how is it to be studied?

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