Monthly Archives: August 2016

Result of alphabet creation workshop

Unfortunately, I came 10 minutes late, and did not meet anybody who knew about the workshop beforehand. In the end, there were a few passersby who helped draw some pictures. For example: a wave for the s sound. They also gave me valuable experience and reminded me that not everybody pronounces Cantonese in the Hong Kong way or uses traditional characters. I also met another person who told me that I need better marketing and suggested that I get people’s emails and send out reminders in the future a day before the event.

Lessons learned.

In any case, the workshop failed to produce a full alphabet. However, I did make some preparations for the workshop, and have uploaded an Open Office file that is an alphabet-creation toolkit/workbook. Basically, all anyone needs to do in order to create a Cantonese alphabet is to create symbols for all the sounds listed in the workbook. I will attempt again to create an alphabet an hopefully, this time, I will be more successful.

The link to the alphabet-creation toolkit can be found here: Cantonese Alphabet Creation Toolkit-Make Your Own Alphabet.

Raymond

Alphabet creation date and location set for Saturday, August 20th, 2016 at Kitchener City Hall at 2:00pm

On August 20th, 2016 at 2:00pm at Kitchener City Hall, in front of the fountain, there will be a meeting to create an alphabet for Cantonese. I will bring papers explaining the various sounds that exist in Cantonese, and will supply blank paper and writing utensils. Different people will draw symbols for different letters of the alphabet, and at the end, the people there will get together and choose the letters to use for the various sounds and add them up together to make an alphabet. We will test the alphabet out on some Cantonese phrases and make some adjustments to the letters if necessary.

The created alphabet will be the first version and will be posted to the cantoneselang.org website when completed. Perhaps more alphabets will be created in the future, but after this event, we can say that there is at least one available for use!

I hope to see you there!

Raymond