A collection of useful phrases in Teochew, a member of the Minnan (Southern Min) group of Chinese languages spoken in China, Singapore and many other countries.
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Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal, sg = singular (said to one person), pl = plural (said to more than one person).
|Hello (General greeting)||汝好 (leu2 ho2)
汝食饱无？ (leu2 ziah8 ba2 bho5?) - "Have you eaten?"
|Hello (on phone)||喂 (ui2)|
|How are you?||在生樣？ (jai6 sen1 ion7)
在生？ (jai6 sen1)
汝好吗？ (leu2 ho2 ma1?)
|Reply to 'How are you?'||我好 (ua2 ho2)|
|Long time no see||好久无睇 (ho2 gu2 bho5 toin2)|
|What's your name?||汝名乜个？ (leu2 mian5 mit4gai1)|
|My name is ...||我名 ... (ua2 mian5 ...)
我叫咋 ... (ua2 gio3za3 ...)
|Where are you from?|
|I'm from ...|
|Pleased to meet you|
下次再講 (é6ce3 zai3gang2)
|Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
|Have a nice day|
|Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
|Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
|I don't know||我无知 (ua2 mzai1)|
|I don't understand|
|Please speak more slowly|
|Please say that again|
|Please write it down|
|Do you speak English?|
|Do you speak Teochew?|
|Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
|Speak to me in Teochew|
|How do you say ... in Teochew?|
|Excuse me||对唔住 (dui3m6diu7)|
|How much is this?||几箍？ (gui2 kou1)
只个几镭？ (ji3gai5 gui2kou1?)
|Thank you||多謝 (joi7 sia7)
感謝 (gam2 sia7)
|Reply to thank you||免客气 (miang6 ket8-ki3)
勿客气 (mai5 ket8-ki3)
|Where's the toilet?|
|This gentleman will pay for everything|
|This lady will pay for everything|
|Would you like to dance with me?|
|Do you come here often?|
|I miss you|
|I love you|
|Get well soon|
|Leave me alone!|
|Call the police!|
|Christmas and New Year greetings||圣诞节快乐合新年快乐
(Sian3dang3zoih4 kuai3lag8 gah4 sing1nin5 kuai3lag8)
|One language is never enough|
|My hovercraft is full of eels
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