Useful phrases in Teochew

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).

Phrase 潮州话 (Teochew)
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
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
早 (ja2)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Good night
(Parting phrases)
拜拜 (bai3bai3)
下次再講 (é6ce3 zai3gang2)
Good luck!
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 understand
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 / bathroom?
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
Go away!
Leave me alone!
Call the police!
Christmas greetings 圣诞节快乐 (Sian3dang3zoih4 kuai3lag8)
New Year greetings 新年快乐 (Sing1nin5 kuai3lag8)
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels


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