Date: Wed, 29 Dec 2004 03:58:51 -0600 (CST)
Subject: Taiwanese intensifiers
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I've begun studying Taiwanese and Judy and I noticed a trend in intensifiers at least the way the I-Lan County residents speak. Here are the characters also that go with them curtesy of Rev. Edward Tanng.

chia (即)chin (真)chiok' (足)siu*
say it with asmilesmilefurrowed browfrown

I do not even see "chia" in the two Taiwanese-English dictionaries though I hear it a lot in I-Lan.
I know the character for "chin".
For chiok' , Judy and I think it is the same character that means "fully".
For siu*, I find the word in the dictionary but no equivalent character (Mandarin "Tai" ( 太) seems to mean the same thing but must be a different character)

In\ Chu/ Liat' Bok' Su
印主烈 牧師
Rev. Joel Linton
Missionary to Taiwan
Taiwan Church Planting Partners

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