Shaina man mamuk kansih kakwa
Which Chinese language is this?
“The Chinese count like this:”
(Kamloops Wawa issue #31, 19 June 1892, page 122)
Shaina man mamuk kansih kakwa,
<1.> iit <6> lawk ∫ Sondi lat bai
<2.> ngi (?) <7> tit ∫ Mondi lat bai iit
< 3.> hlam <8> pat ∫ Tyusdi lat bai nyui
<4.> hlii <9> kyuh ∫ Winisdi lat bai hlam
<5> hn <10> sip ∫ Tyursdi lat bai hlii
Fraidi lat bai hn
Satirdi lat bai lawk
So these are the low numerals and the days of the week.
Anyone want to figure out which Chinese language (“dialect”) these reflect?
There is an anecdote from Father Le Jeune in a later issue of Kamloops Wawa about how he was in a local store operated by a Chinese immigrant, and wrote down some Chinese words in Chinuk pipa shorthand. Some “Indian boys” amazed the shopkeeper by reading them “perfectly”. Maybe these were those words!