Listen to Podcast | Teochew: How Do You Say “What are you talking about?”

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New Words

EnglishTeochewFormal RomanizationOur Romanization
You all你侬(你们) / 恁Le nang / NingLir nang / Ning
What are you all talking about?你侬在呾底个?Le nang do dan di gai?Lir nang dor da di gai?
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I have never heard of this before我无(没)听过Ua bho tian guêWa bor tia gware
Can you tell me more?你会得呾我听无?Le oi dig dan ua tian bho?Lir oi dig da wa tia bor?
I don’t understand我?明白Ua bhoi mêng bêhWa bhoi meng pek
One more time加(多)一次Gê zêg baiGare zeg bai
Can you say it one more time?你会得呾加一次无?Le oi dig dan gê zêg bai bho?Lir oi dig da gare zeg bai bor?

Podcast Transcript | Teochew: How Do You Say “What are you talking about?”

Hi everyone and a warm welcome to all of our listeners! This is Eugene from LearnDialect.sg. Well, so far, you’ve picked up quite a few conversation starters as well as phrases for self-introduction. Now, imagine you had just turned up at a social gathering. What can you say to join an ongoing conversation? Let’s find it out on today’s Teochew – How Do You Say Podcast!

Personally, to join a conversation, I’ll like to ask for a quick download, so that I can contribute constructively. To do that, I would typically say 你侬在呾底个?

你侬 means “You all” so to ask the question of “What are you all talking about?”, you can phrase it as 你侬在呾底个? If you find 你侬 too difficult to pronounce, Teochew people also use 恁 to represent you all. As such, the phrase can also be said as 恁在呾底个?

Now, I’ll like to be prepared for the worst situation. What if it’s a conversation topic that you are totally not familiar with? You can say 我无听过, 你会得呾给我听无? This translates to “I have never heard of this before. Can you tell me more?”

Ok, here’s one more useful phrase for you.

At any point of the conversation that you feel lost again, try saying this 我?明白, 你会得呾加一次无? This means “I don’t get it. Can you say it one more time?”

Summing up today’s podcast, here are the new phrases for this week:

What are you talking about? 你侬在呾底个?

I have never heard of this before. Can you tell me more? 我无听过, 你会得呾给我听无?

I don’t get it. Can you say it one more time? 我?明白, 你会得呾加一次无?

Well, let me know how your next Teochew conversation go! Feel free to share with us by leaving us a comment on Facebook or Instagram. Remember, keep practising! Thank you for listening in to our Teochew – How Do You Say Podcast. I’m Eugene from LearnDialect.sg and see you the next week!


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While we include formal romanization for Teochew words, we are advocates of easy learning. Hence, we encourage you to form your own phonics so that you make an association with these Teochew words quickly. To illustrate, the formal romanization of “Teochew” is “diê ziu“. However, in our ”Can You Teach Me” podcast transcript, you’ll find that we use “teo chew”, which we think relates to us better. That said, you may use other romanization (e.g “dio chew”, “dio jiu“, etc), as long as it helps you to make sense of what you hear.