Friday, July 22, 2016

Southern Min Tone Number to Pe̍h-ōe-jī Tonal Mark Conversion

Southern Min Tone Number to Pe̍h-ōe-jī Tonal Mark Conversion / 閩南語數字調號 - 閩南語白話字聲調轉換 Share on Facebook

This keyboard enables you to type the Southern Min language in Pe̍h-ōe-jī without the need to install any keyboard package (It is based upon the FHL Taigi-Hakka IME).           

Southern Min Tone Number to Pe̍h-ōe-jī Tonal Mark Conversion / 閩南語數字調號 - 閩南語白話字聲調轉換

Type or copy a text:
eg. peh8-oe7-ji7 pheng1-yim1:

here you get it in Romanized Southern Min (Bân-lâm-gú Pe̍h-ōe-jī) tones (eg. pe̍h-ōe-jī pheng-im):


Southern Min tones
Tone Type
Sample Text
1 (yin level/陰平) Neutral a ka1 (家)= ka
2 (rising/上聲) Acute á lin2(你們)= lín
3 (yin departing/陰去) Grave à tui3 (對)= tùi
5 (yang level/陽平) Circumflex â si5 (時)= sî
7 (yang departing/陽去) Macron ā si7 (是)= sī
8 (yang entering/陽入) Stress a̍h oh8 (學)= o̍h

Notes: The 4th tone is not used on the keyboard because a4 = ah (eg. 鴨), so you simply type the "h" yourself.
The 6th tone is not used in most dialects of Holo (Minnan) in Taiwan and in Amoy (Xiamen), and the written form here is mainly based on the dialects above, hence it is merged with the 2nd (Yinshang) tone.

Try typing these phrases:
*goasi bikoklang = Goá-sī Bí-kok-lâng
*li2 ehiau phahji bo5? = Lí ē-hiáu phah-jī bô?
*goa2 ikeng chiahpa = Góa í-keng chia̍h-pá
*banlamgu si7 chitchiong gigian = Bân-lâm-gú sī chi̍t-chíong gí-giân

To display:
*The word "soaⁿ" (山), you type "soann1"
*The word "chhiáⁿ" (請), you type "chhiann2"
*The word "lō͘" (路), you type "lou5"

Bonus shortcuts!:
*The letters "ukgb", will display as "Tōa Brita-în kap Pak Éire ê Liân-ha̍p Ông-kok"
*The letters "usa", will display as "America Ha̍p-chiòng-kok"
*The letters "roc", will display as "Tiong-hôa Bîn-kok"
*The word "prc", will display as "Tiong-hoâ Jîn-bîn Kiōng-hô-kok"

Update - For the following frequently used words, simply type [spacebar][name of word][spacebar] to get its POJ equivalent:


If you want shortcuts for any other long official placenames, two (or more) character words or if you spot any mistakes / have any recommendations for improvement, just send me a message or leave a comment below. Thank you and enjoy!  


Looking for some sample Southern Min text to type? Try this test page to practice your improve your typing skills!

View this video for a demonstration on how to type Taiwanese Hokkien with relative ease:

See Also: Chinese Character to Southern Min Transliterator

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