Ep02: I want to eat...| Guá beh tsia̍h 我欲食...

Ep02: I want to eat...| Guá beh tsia̍h 我欲食...
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In this episode, we learned how to say I want something, I’d like to do something, and how to order food.

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TAIWANESE

ENGLISH

Guá tsit-tsiok iau--ê!

I’m so hungry now!

Guá beh tsi̍t ê nn̄g-piánn.

I want an egg pancake.

Guá beh khì tsá-tǹg-tiàm.

I’m going to the breakfast shop.

Lí siūnn-beh tsia̍h siánn?

What would you like to eat? / What are you thinking of having?

Guá siūnn-beh tsia̍h tshài-thâu-kué.

I’d like to eat turnip cakes.

beh

1) to want (+ object)
2) to want to, to be going to + verb

siūnn-beh

would like to + verb, to think about + v-ing

ke

to increase, to add (to the current amount); to be extra, more

thâu-ke

owner, boss, head

tsá-tǹg-tiàm

breakfast shop

nn̄g-piánn

egg pancake

tshài-thâu-kué

turnip cake

*Syllables that require tone changes are greyed out.

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GRAMMAR AND USAGE NOTE OF “BEH” AND “SIŪNN-BEH”

In this episode, we’ve compared two similar verbs “beh” and “siūnn-beh”. Here is a summary of their usages and differences.

 

As a helping verb

As a verb on its own

beh

to want to + verb

will/be going to + verb

Usage note: to express decision and will; more certain than “siūnn-beh

to want + sth. (also: would like + sth.)

Usage note:Guá beh...” can be used to order food and it is not considered impolite or direct as it might in English.

siūnn-beh

would like to + verb

to think about + v-ing

Usage note: to express a thought, an idea or planning; less certain than “beh

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Usage note: siūnn-beh” is only used as a helping verb.

  1. Beh” and “siūnn-beh” are similar to “want” and “would like” in English and both of them are usually used as a helping verb.

  2. The “siūnn” in “siūnn-beh” means “to think”. When you use “siūnn-beh + verb”, it means you are “thinking” about it and thus it implies more uncertainty than “beh + verb”.

  3. Beh” is sometimes used as a verb on its own, while “siūnn-beh” is only used as a helping verb.

  4. Guá beh...” or “Guá beh tsia̍h/lim/ài...” is commonly used when ordering food or buying things. Although it may sound like “I want” something, it’s not considered impolite or direct as it might in English.

ONE BITE CHALLENGE: I’M SO HUNGRY THAT MY STOMACH IS GROWLING

For all those overachievers out there, we will try to throw in a little something each episode that is a bit more challenging.

Here is the One Bite Challenge for this episode:

Thâu-ke,

khah

kín

--leh--ooh.

shop-owner

more

fast/hurry

PARTICLE

 

Guá

í-king

iau

kah

tuā-tn̂g

sió-tn̂g

--lah!

I

already

hungry

to (the extent)

large-intestine

sue

small-intestine

PARTICLE

 

Please hurry up! I’m so hungry that my stomach is growling.

TAIWANESE

ENGLISH

Khah kín--leh!

Hurry up! Faster!

í-king

already

kah

to the extent that..., to the point where…

Originally from “kàu” (to arrive, to reach, until)

to accuse, to sue

tuā-tn̂g

large intestine

sió-tn̂g

small intestine

tuā-tn̂g kò sió-tn̂g

a Taiwanese saying meaning to be so hungry that your stomach is growling


 

Music Credit: TeknoAXE

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