Relationship between Cantonese and Tai Lue

The chart below is about the similarity between Cantonese and Tai Lue vocabulary. Only a few examples are listed in here. Click on the picture to see the big version.
Cantonese and Tai-Kadai
Many Cantonese/Chinese people will immediately say that these must be loanwords from Chinese. Except for the word “vagina”, which some source say that it should be written as 屄 (but it is pronounced as “bei1” in Cantonese), most of the words in the chart are just written with homophones.

More on Tai Lue


Both Cantonese and Tai Lue have nine tones according to the traditional count.

Where does Tai Lue speakers live?

According to wiki, most of them reside in a Yunnan area that borders with Burma called Sipsongpanna (Mandarin pinyin: Xishuangbanna).

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