Mai Tu Liao! Your time is too precious to be wasted.
At LearnDialect.sg, we want to help you listen and speak basic conversational Hokkien in the shortest time possible. This Hokkien workshop – conducted in English – is perfect for beginners, even if you don’t have any Mandarin background. Are you ready for a highly-focused Hokkien workshop?
Our March workshop (21 & 28 March 2020, 9am to 1pm) has been fully booked. If you wish to be on the waiting list, please indicate in the “comment section” of the form below.
Spoken Hokkien for Everyday Use
Taught in English
Absolutely no Mandarin background required
Learn and practise with fellow participants
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What Makes Our Hokkien Workshop Different?
Vocabulary-Building, the Singaporean Way
The uniqueness of Singapore Hokkien is that there are many variations in pronunciation for the same word. While you can find established romanization system or dictionaries online (e.g. Pe̍h-ōe-jī or Taiwan Romanization System), chances are, it is not how we will say it in Singapore.
In fact, a big part of your beginner’s workshop is to build up your Singapore Hokkien vocabulary. Besides learning about the basic traits of Singapore Hokkien, you will be given comprehensive notes which cover many topics. In addition, your tutor makes extensive effort to listen and correct your pronunciation. In this way, you will have an easier time learning Hokkien.
Efficient-Learning through Creative & Fun Practices!
Traditional language classes spend many sessions building vocabulary by repeating each word after the tutor for x times. For us, we believe that if learning is not fun, you will lose the motivation to learn. Hence, it would not be effective even if you sit through multiple lessons. In fact, this has been proven many times by influential researchers (e.g. Dulay & Burt, 1997; Krashen, 1982).
This is why during your 2 x 4-hour Hokkien Workshop, you’ll be engaged in many games right at the start of the workshop. We don’t want to give your surprises away, but let’s just say, with so many activities, you can be assured that time flies by in a flash. In addition, you will walk away with an improved standard of Singapore Hokkien.
(Psst, you can check out our Google reviews for testimonials by our students.)
Hokkien Workshop Requirements
To create a conducive learning environment for everyone, we have 3 basic requirements for this Hokkien Workshop.
- No or minimal background in Hokkien. This workshop is strictly for beginners. In this way, everyone learns at the same pace together.
- Positive learning attitude. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes. You will be in a safe environment to ask questions and satisfy your curiosity.
- Have fun! Yes, let your hair down. Who says learning has to be boring? The more fun you have, the better you can retain information.
And yes, we want to know you on a more personal basis too! This helps us to make learning more practical and applicable in your daily lives. Thus, in the application form, do remember to share with us why you want to learn Hokkien as well as the topics (as listed below) that you are most interested in!
For example, are you learning Hokkien to communicate with your grandparents? Or are you working in the healthcare industry and would need to know some medical terms or give instructions in Hokkien?
Hokkien Workshop Course Outline
- Basic Phrases for Daily Conversations
- Numbers, Time & Dates
- Hobbies & Daily Activities
- Common Body Parts & Medical Terms
- Hokkien Slangs and Idioms for Everyday Use
- Tips & Tricks for Picking Up Hokkien Faster
Simple refreshments – water, coffee, tea – will be provided. Hurray!
A certificate of attendance will be awarded when you complete both sessions. Hurray! Hurray!
Selected applicants will be contacted via phone and email. Application will close once the class is full.
“Interactive games that were able to put the language into good use and allow us to apply directly on daily conversations.” ~ Judy
“Thank you very much, Ski + Eugene for the very engaging and interesting classes. And for being extremely enthusiastic in passing on the love of dialect and enabling more conversations with grandparents, hawker aunties and uncles, taxi drivers, etc!” ~ Daphne
“Well-chosen topics of conversation, presented in an engaging manner. I’ve learnt quite a lot in just 2 weeks. Thank you! I’m an educator by occupation and feel that the pedagogies selected to deliver this course are effective!” ~ Elaine