Welcome to Toisan Pride

Toisanese (Hoisanese is the REAL pronunciation; and Mandarin speakers call it "Taishan" or Taishanese") were among the first Chinese-Cantonese immigrants to hail to the United States from the Guangdong/Guangzhou Province of Southern China in the Pearl River Delta, west of Hong Kong.

Many Hoisanese immigrants came to the U.S. starting in the 19th century to help build railroads, and eventually stayed to establish laundromats, restaurants, etc. and worked hard to build a better future for their families. Some famous Hoisan folks include: U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, Chef Martin Yan (Yan Can Cook); Hawaii Senator Hiram Fong, Hong Kong Martial Artist Donnie Yen (star of IP MAN), Actor James Hong, Former California Treasurer Matt Fong; Actress Anna May Wong. For more Toisan/Taishan background history, click on Wikipedia.

Thanks for visiting my blog. Some day, I plan on updating it but Blogger isn't the greatest with blog templates so I appreciate your patience! I welcome comments, stories, photos, Toisanese/Say-Yip history, anything about our wonderful people to toisangirl@yahoo.com.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Let's Learn Taishanese!

iPhone App to Learn Taishanese/Toisanese!
I was googling for a Toisanese dictionary and discovered this app on my iPhone - WAGMob has created an app for only $1.99 to learn Taishanese (Hoisan-wah)!  Just search for it on the App Store on your iPhone.

Hallelujah for all those who want to learn Taishanese! OR you can get it at Amazon for your Android at: http://www.amazon.com/WAGmob-Simple-n-Easy-Taishanese/dp/B007Y8V7J4

It's not bad for a beginner app to Hoisan-wah, there are phrases and flashcards for categories such as Greetings, Colors, Animals,  Food/Drink, Eating & Entertainment, Family, Shopping, Traveling, Dating (lol), Fruits, Emergencies, Medical, etc

I just wish every section had audio available so you could hear the true tones. Only the "Phrases" section has audio for interesting phrases in the "Travelling" Section such as: "I need to telephone England" (a little random there), or "Which platform does the train leave from?" to "Is breakfast included?" You get the picture. But there are some useful phrases - now I know how to say ambulance (vu chieh).

The flashcards and other sections only offer Chinese characters and pinyin for pronunciation (no audio). Maybe if we show WAGmob our interest and support, they'll create an advanced Taishanese app! Enjoy!


  1. Anonymous21.11.12

    Thanks for the alert I just purchased it for my Android device.

  2. Glad you checked it out! I contacted WagMob with a few suggestions and they're planning an update to it already! Go Toisan Pride!

  3. Hi! Thanks for this! And thanks for your blog overall. My parents were the only 2 people I spoke toisan with (english with all my brothers) and I have lost much of it since their passing over 20 years ago. Often the words are locked in my head and my tongue can't remember how to put it together. Of course my bros and I remember all the swear words and the fun phrases (some you already listed!) Sometimes all I need is a reminder and things come back to me...like reading your blog :) Going to look for this app now!

  4. Maybe we could start a Toisan Wiki?