Listen to Podcast | Teochew: How Do You Say “What is Your Name?”
English – Mandarin – Formal Romanization – Ours
I/Me – 我 – ua – wa
My name is – 我个(的)名是 – ua gai mian si – wa gai mia si
What is your name? – 你叫什乜(么)名? – le gio sib mih mian – ler gior si mi mia
Podcast Transcript | Teochew: How Do You Say “What is Your Name?”
Today, you will be learning a couple of phrases for introduction in Teochew, namely “你好，我个名是” and “你叫什乜名”.
For the first phrase “你好，我个名是” means “Hello! My name is…”.
“你好” as what we learnt in our previous lesson, means “Hello” and “我个名是” means “my name is”.
So in my case, I would say “你好，我个名是 Eugene”.
Now pause the audio and give it a try. 你好，我个名是 <your name>.
Isn’t it great that you have learnt how to introduce your own name? Now, conversations are always 2 ways and if you have introduced yourself, wouldn’t you want to find out the name of whom you are speaking to as well? In this case, you would ask “你叫什么名?” which means “What is your name?”
Once again, 你叫什乜名?
Now, let’s go over the 2 phrases again.
你好，我个名是 … and
There you go! Besides learning how to introduce yourself, you are beginning to learn how to strike a conversation!
Remember, practice is the key. Don’t be afraid to start speaking in Teochew! In the next post, you will learn other common conversation phrases and expressions.
Our Philosophy for Learning Teochew in Singapore
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, 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.