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Chinese Dialects in Singapore- A Closer Look At Local Dialects

Learn Teochew

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Lesson 1- Learn Basic Teochew

Please pronounce these basic words with the hanyu pinying/phonics given!

(Very very basic words)
I: wa4
You: le4
Friend: peng3 yeu4

This: cae4 kai1
That: hoo1 kai1
What?: meek4 kai

Big: tua3
Small: soi3
Short: soi3

hot(referring to the weather): juak4
cold: ngang1

one: caek
two: noa2
three: sa1

(Common phrases)
Thank You: kam1 sia3
No need for it: meng4
Come: Lai
Wait: thaeng4
eat: cyak


(Lets form some simple sentences now!)
Do you want it? : ai4 mai3
What are you looking at?: toi1 meek4 kai
Come and have some rice: lai3 ciak4 peng3

I am a Teochew: wa4 see4 teaceu laang2
Teochews speak Teochew: teaceu1 nang1 ta3 teaceu1 ue3
I can speak a little Teochew: wa4 ta4 tam3 pok4 teaceu1 ue3

My name is ____ : wa kai3 mia3 see4 _____




(Very very basic words)
I: wa4
You: le4
Friend: peng3 yeu4

This: cae4 kai1
That: hoo1 kai1
What?: meek4 kai

Big: tua3
Small: soi3
Short: soi3

hot(referring to the weather): juak4
cold: ngang1

one: caek
two: noa2
three: sa1

(Common phrases)
Thank You: kam1 sia3
No need for it: meng4
Come: Lai
Wait: thaeng4
eat: cyak


(Lets form some simple sentences now!)
Do you want it? : ai4 mai3
What are you looking at?: toi1 meek4 kai
Come and have some rice: lai3 ciak4 peng3

I am a Teochew: wa4 see4 teaceu laang2
Teochews speak Teochew: teaceu1 nang1 ta3 teaceu1 ue3
I can speak a little Teochew: wa4 ta4 tam3 pok4 teaceu1 ue3

My name is ____ : wa kai3 mia3 see4 _____

Talking mouth
are YOU fluent now?

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