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Teochew (Diojiu Ue / 潮州話)

Teochew originated in the Chaoshan region of Guangdong province, China. Teochew is also spoken in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.

Teochew is a dialect of Southern Min, a Sinitic language. It preserves a three-way distinction between unvoiced unaspirated, unvoiced aspirated and voiced unaspirated plosives that is absent in Mandarin Chinese. Oral and nasalised vowels form contrasting minimal pairs in Teochew.

Teochew pronunciation

Teochew pronunciation

Note on consonants

Note on vowels

Some of the information on this page was provided by Wenkai Tay.



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