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The 3rd "Teochew Language Challenge" (来拚潮州话啦!),

Can you read in Teochew language? 😜 Are you game to put your proficiency to test?

Calling all Teochews based in Singapore to sign up for the 3rd "Teochew Language Challenge" (来拚潮州话啦!), jointly organised by Chui Huay Lim Club (醉花林俱乐部) and Singapore Teochew Heritage Society (潮州文史学会). Details in the poster below.

Hurry! Closing date for registration is on 4 December 2022.

 

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Wa Si Teochew Kia - Your Rewards are Ready! 您的礼品已制作完毕!

To our friends, especially our "Wa Si Teochew Kia—My First 120 Teochew Expressions" Kickstarter campaign backers, our flashcards, t-shirts and tote bags are ready!

亲爱的支持者们,“我是潮州囝”的早教卡图卡、T恤衫及手提袋等礼品已制作完毕!

 

For backers with physical rewards, we will be in touch with you over the next few days concerning arrangements and payment for shipping.

如果您是有实体礼品奖励的支持者,我们将在近期与您联系并确认相关的运费。

 

Do also remember to confirm with us the name you wish to appear in our credits, if you have not done so, as we are applying the final touches to our videos.

此外,我们正在对早教图卡的视频进行最后的修改和润色,如果您希望出现在我们的视频片尾的答谢名单中,但还未告知我们您的名字,请尽快与我们确认,谢谢!

 

Our flashcards will also soon be on sale on The Teochew Store website. Do look out for them on this website

“我是潮州囝——精选一百二十潮语词语”早教图卡即将在潮舗网站上市,请继续关注本网站。

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Wa Si Teochew Kia Family Characters T-shirt—Designs & Sizes

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A Final Push 最后的冲刺

We are entering the final 50 hours of our Wa Si Teochew Kia – My First 120 Teochew Expressions Kickstarter campaign. As we make our final push, do continue to help us tell more people about our project. Thank you!

To learn about this project or contribute to our crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter,  please click here.


《我是潮州囝——精选一百二十潮语词语》的众筹活动已进入最后五十小时。我们还在努力做最后冲刺。请您继续支持我们,并帮忙转发我们的项目给您身边的亲戚朋友,谢谢!

点击这里,了解这个项目并资助我们在Kickstarter发起的筹款活动。

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Wa Si Teochew Kia—My First 120 Teochew Expressions 《我是潮州囝——精选一百二十潮语词语》

Today we launch our crowdfunding for Wa Si Teochew Kia—My First 120 Teochew Expressionsa set of multimedia flashcards developed by The Teochew Store for children under the age of three to learn the Teochew language together with their parents.

Read more about how you can contribute to this meaningful project on this page, or visit our Kickstarter campaign directly from here.

《我是潮州囝——精选一百二十潮语词语》由潮舗特别推出。这是一套让父母与三岁以下幼儿一起学习潮语的多媒体早教图卡。我们今天正式启动众筹活动,希望得到您的支持和资助。您可以这个页面了解更多项目详情,或点击这里直接浏览我们在 Kickstarter平台的网页

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Restoring Teochew to Our Families 助力潮州话在家中的复兴

Parents, do you still remember the excitement of watching your newborn open his/her fingers for the first time? Or executing the first rollovers? Sitting up, standing, and walking?

父母们,你是否还记得第一次看到您的宝宝打开小手时的喜悦?或是在看到他们第一次翻身、坐、站和走路的时候呢?

All these “firsts” are swiftly achieved one after another. These are glorious days when new parents are still in a state of wonder, but the baby seems to know exactly what to do next as if he/she is pre-programmed. How many times are we led to believe our precious baby can master just about anything, and will one day become everything he/she is destined for?

这些所有的“第一次”,伴随着宝宝的成长,一个又一个迅速地出现。我们父母还在感叹这些“里程碑”的时候,我们的宝宝好像被预设默认程序一样,似乎已经知道下一步该做什么。有多少次,我们被引导着相信,我们可爱的孩子们几乎可以做任何事情,有朝一日他们会实现他们命中注定的潜能。

Then the child learns to talk...

后来,我们的宝宝开始学说话。。。

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Final 7 Days of Our Crowdfunding Campaign 我们众筹活动最后七天

Have we mentioned that you can get our Wa Si Teochew Kia – My First 120 Teochew Expressions flashcards (3 boxes of 40 cards each, recommended retail price: S$60) now for just S$55? At the same time, you will receive personal copies of our 10 flashcard videos and your name will be included in the credits at the end of our videos as well as on The Teochew Store “Wa Si Teochew Kia My First 120 Teochew Expressions” project page.

在众筹期间,您可以以55新加坡元的优惠价获得一整套《我是潮州囝-精选一百二十潮语词语》纸质版的早教图卡(共3盒120张;定价:S$60)。同时您也会收到全套早教的视频(共10个)。您的名字将出现在我们视频的片尾,以及潮舗网站《我是潮州囝-精选一百二十潮语词语》项目页面的答谢名单中。

We also have other attractive rewards, such as attractive Wa Si Teochew Kia family characters portrait tote bags and T-shirts of our adorable Wa Si Teochew Kia family characters.

此外,我们还有其他的礼品选择。例如印有“我是潮州囝”卡通全家福的手提袋和印有”我是潮州囝“卡通人物的T恤衫 。

If you are looking for a special gift idea, how about getting our partner illustrators to hand paint a personalised cartoon portrait of your child?

如果您在寻找一样特别的礼物给您的孩子, 也可以考虑让我们的合作画家为他(她)亲自手绘一幅卡通肖像画。

Everything on our “Wa Si Teochew Kia My First 120 Teochew Expressions” Kickstarter campaign page.

这一切尽在《我是潮州囝-精选一百二十潮语词语》Kickstarter众筹网页

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Fun Fact behind Wa Si Teochew Kia Jingle 《我是潮州囝》有趣花絮

"1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Wa Si Teochew Kia".

Do you know our Wa Si Teochew Kia jingle is sung by J.J., a 3-year-old Teochew boy from Singapore? J.J. also composed the tune as an English counting song for Mummy when she was out for dinner one night.

All children have incredible learning potential.

Wa Si Teochew Kia – My First 120 Teochew Expressions is a set of multimedia flashcards developed by The Teochew Store to help children under 3 learn to speak Teochew together with their parents.

To learn about this project or contribute to our crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter,  please click here.

“一,二,三,四,五,我是潮州囝”。

你知道吗,我们项目《我是潮州囝》的小曲是由新加坡三岁潮州男孩J.J.演唱。J.J.在某个妈妈外出的晚上创作了这首曲。

每个小孩都蕴藏着惊人的学习潜能。

《我是潮州囝——精选一百二十潮语词语》由潮舗推出,是一套帮助父母与三岁以下幼儿一起学习潮州话的多媒体早教图卡。

点击这里,了解这个项目并资助我们在Kickstarter发起的筹款活动。

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Wa Si Teochew Kia – My First 120 Teochew Expressions: Kickstarter Campaign Update 6

Words cannot describe our joy! It has taken nearly four months for our small team to reach this point in this project. From conceptualisation to the research of Teochew words, initial illustrations and videos, preparation of Kickstarter campaign and rewards, to marketing… while still having to juggle with our day jobs.

此时此刻,我们的喜悦无法用言语形容!从项目策划,到词汇考究,再到绘图、图卡和视频制作,以及Kickstarter众筹页面和礼品的筹备,还有后期宣传……在要兼顾本职工作的情况下,我们这个小团队用了将近四个月的时间走到了今天这一步,实属不易。

 

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Wa Si Teochew Kia – My First 120 Teochew Expressions is a set of multimedia flashcards developed by The Teochew Store to help children under 3 learn to speak Teochew together with their parents. To learn about this project or contribute to our crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, please click here.
《我是潮州囝——精选一百二十潮语词语》由潮舗推出,是一套帮助父母与三岁以下幼儿一起学习潮州话的多媒体早教图卡。点击这里,了解这个项目并资助我们在Kickstarter发起的筹款活动。
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Wa Si Teochew Kia – My First 120 Teochew Expressions: Kickstarter Campaign Update 5

《我是潮州囝——精选一百二十潮语词语》早教图卡的筹款活动将在2022年8月15日结束,请大家继续支持我们实现目标,助力潮州话在家中的复兴! 请点击这里,了解这个项目。

Our Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for Wa Si Teochew Kia—My First 120 Teochew Expressions multimedia flashcards runs till 15th August 2022. Continue to lend us your support today to reach our goal and fulfill our dream of Restoring Teochew to Our Families.  Please click here to learn more about our project.                         

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Wa Si Teochew Kia—My First 120 Teochew Expressions: Sample Video 《我是潮州囝——精选一百二十潮语词语》示例视频

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Wa Si Teochew Kia – My First 120 Teochew Expressions: Kickstarter Campaign Update 4

We are grateful to Jeunes Teochew de France for helping promote Wa Si Teochew Kia – My First 120 Teochew Expressions in the French language on Instagram, as well as Singapore TeoChew Nang SG and Learn-Teochew for kind their assistance on supporting this project on Facebook. They are all actively promoting our Teochew culture and language, so do “like” and follow their accounts as well.

潮舗非常感谢Jeunes Teochew de France (法國青年潮州人) 用法语在Instagram宣传我们的项目——《我是潮州囝——精选一百二十潮语词语》。我们也非常感谢 Singapore TeoChew Nang SG 与 Learn-Teochew 在Facebook为我们的项目做宣传。他们一直在热诚地发扬和分享潮州文化及语言,请大家一起”点赞”并订阅他们的页面。

In recent days, we received our first backings from Thailand, Switzerland and Germany. Because of everyone’s support, we have crossed the 90% mark of our crowdfunding (yeah!).

近日,我们还收到了来自泰国、瑞士和德国的第一份捐款。因为大家的踊跃支持,我们目前已经达到90%的筹款目标。(开心!)

Continue to help us bring this project to life. Please click here

请大家继续支持我们,一起实现这个项目,谢谢!点击这里

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Ah Ma's Hair Bun 阿嫲的头鬃

Did your Ah-ma wear a hair bun like the grandmother character in our Wa Si Teochew Kia—My First 120 Teochew Expressions flashcards?

你记忆中的阿嫲是不是梳着《我是潮州囝——精选一百二十潮语词语》早教图卡中的“亞媽”(潮语:奶奶)一样的发髻?

Until about a couple of generations ago, all married Teochew women did so as a sign of their marital status. Learn more about this tradition that is at least 800 years old!

大约两代人以前,这种发髻是已婚潮州女子的标志和象征。请一起来发现这至少流行了八百多年的潮州“拍鬃”传统!

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Wa Si Teochew Kia – My First 120 Teochew Expressions: Kickstarter Campaign Update 3

We wanted to give you an update when we reach 50% of our crowdfunding amount. But your backings came thick and fast. We are now already past the 66% mark! We thank our backers from Singapore, USA, Australia, UK, Canada, Hong Kong, France and even Denmark! And of course, many others, who continue to share about our project on social media and by word of mouth.
我们原计划在达到筹款目标的50%时为您更新进度。但想不到因为大家的踊跃支持,目前我们已经达到目标的三分之二!我们感谢来自新加坡、美国、澳洲、英国、加拿大、香港、法国与丹麦等地的募捐者,以及通过社交媒体和口头宣传,帮忙推荐这个项目的朋友。
To contribute or to learn more about our project, please click here
如果您希望资助我们这个项目或者了解更多项目详情,请点击这里
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Wa Si Teochew Kia – My First 120 Teochew Expressions: Kickstarter Campaign Update 2

Wa Si Teochew Kia – My First 120 Teochew Expressions has been awarded the “Projects We Love” badge by Kickstarter. What an encouragement!

《我是潮州囝——精选一百二十潮语词语》已经入选Kickstarter「我们喜爱的专案」。他们将在Kickstarter全站推荐我们的宣传活动。这是一个很大的鼓励!
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Wa Si Teochew Kia – My First 120 Teochew Expressions: Kickstarter Campaign Update 1

We’re off to a Great Start! 我们有了一个很好的开始!

We are heartened to share that we have crossed the 20% mark of our crowdfunding, even though we are less than 48 hours into the campaign. Many thanks to our backers, who come from Singapore, the USA, Australia and the UK.
《我是潮州囝——精选一百二十潮语词语》多媒体早教卡的筹款活动启动不到48小时的时间里,我们已经达到筹款目标的20%以上。在此跟大家分享这个好消息,并感谢来自新加坡、美国、澳洲和英国的捐款者,以及热心为本项目宣传的家己人们。
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Wa Si Teochew Kia Announcement

An exciting new project for our very young is coming soon! 一个专为宝宝设计的项目即将启动, 敬请期待!

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Old Book on the Shelf: Elementary Lessons in the Swatow Dialect with a Vocabulary referring to Dr Douglas' Dictionary of the Amoy Vernacular

This book is a rare find, and a very useful one too.

Elementary Lessons in the Swatow Dialect [i.e. Teochew] is an unpublished reprint of Herbert Allen Giles’ Handbook of the Swatow Dialect, done by “J.C.G.” for private use in Swatow in 1881.

The book mainly teaches English speakers how to speak essential Teochew simple phrases and sentences.

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Old Book on the Shelf: Primary Lessons in Swatow Grammar (Colloquial)

A PDF copy of Primary Lessons in Swatow Grammar (Colloquial) is now available for free download on our online store.

Primary Lessons in Swatow Grammar was published by American Baptist missionary Rev William Ashmore in Swatow in 1884, despite suffering partial loss of sight for a prolonged period because of ophthalmia. He accomplished this with the assistance of Rev. William Duffus of the English Presbyterian Mission, who had charge of a small press. 

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Teochews in Down Under

A gold rush in the 1850s and 1860s brought thousands of Chinese from Guangdong to Australia, including a small number of Teochews. The Land Down Under has today a mix of Teochew immigrants from Vietnam, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and China and this documentary produced in 2000 documents their stories. Interestingly, the television crew from Swatow also discovered a place where the Teochew language was widely spoken in Sydney's Cabramatta suburb.

在十九世紀五、六十年代,數千名來自廣東省的華工湧入澳洲採金,其中少數是潮州人。今日的澳洲有分別源於越南、柬埔寨、香港、台灣、新加坡、馬來西亞和中國等地的潮人。這部汕頭電視台2000年攝製的記錄片《騎在羊背上的潮州人》,記錄了他們不同的故事。有趣的是,記錄片的製作團隊竟然在悉尼的卡拉瑪打市郊發現了一個通用潮州話的地方。

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Teochews in America

Today's Teochew presence in the United States was largely established after a wave of migration in the 1970s and 1980s. However, do you know that historical shipping records show that about 40,000 coolies were shipped from Swatow to the country between 1852 to 1858, and some of them might have formed their own fishing settlements on the West Coast? Learn about this and various stories of success achieved by the Teochews in America in this documentary produced by Shantou Television 22 years ago. 

二十世紀七、八十年代的一波移民潮形成了今日的美國潮人社群。其實船運記錄顯示,在一八五二年和一八五八年之間有大概四萬民“豬仔”從汕頭港被運到美國,而且他們有可能在美國西岸形成了自己的漁村。定居美國的潮人如何在這片大陸上成功立足?請看看這部由汕頭電視台在2000年攝製的記錄片,《美國潮人》。

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The Teochew Community in 1997 Hong Kong

1990s Hong Kong is best remembered as a wealthy financial hub and the centre of the Chinese film industry. People often overlooked that pre-1997 Hong Kong was also, after Thailand, home to the world's second largest Teochew diaspora that numbered about 1.2 million. Just how large was the contribution of the Teochew people's contribution to Hong Kong's prosperity?

二十世紀九十年代的香港是著名富裕的金融城市和華人電影業中心。許多人不知道,其實1997年以前的香港,還是世界第二大的潮籍僑民定居地,僅次於泰國。在香港97年的人口總數中,潮州移民就有將近一百二十萬。潮州人對香港的繁榮,貢獻究竟有多少?請觀看紀錄片《潮人》之香江處處聞潮聲。

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Canada - An Unlikely Teochew Gathering Point

Escaping Cambodia with five children in the 1970s, a Teochew couple were cruelly separated on the Thailand border. Yet they were miraculously reunited in Canada five years later and after much hard work, eventually came to own a supermarket. Notwithstanding its great distance from Asia, Canada is a gathering point for Teochews who resettled from Vietnam, Cambodia, Hong Kong and China. Let’s watch this video where several of them share their stories and aspirations.

一對潮州夫妻在上世紀七十年代離開柬埔寨逃往泰國,在邊境走散,不知生死。五年後,他們奇蹟地在加拿大團聚。為了生活,他們刻苦耐勞,最終成功經營自己的超市。在離亞洲數千里的加拿大是許多來自越南、柬埔寨、香港和中國潮人移民的集中地。在這片土地上,他們與我們一起分享自己的故事和夢想。

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Teochews in France

For over 200 years till the mid-20th century, Southeast Asia was the primary migration destination for the Teochew people. However, as the result of various wars and upheavals in the 1970s, tens of thousands of Teochew families in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos were forced to resettle again in France. Watch this documentary produced by Shantou Television in 1997 to hear the stories of how these Teochews who arrived in a foreign land as refugees courageously re-established their lives in Europe.

直到上世紀中旬,東南亞一直是潮州人主要的移民地。但因二十世紀七十年代的戰亂,數万個原定居在越南、柬埔寨和寮國的潮人家庭被迫二次遷移到法國。請看這部汕頭電視台1997製作的紀錄片,聽聽這群潮州人如何以以難民的身份勇敢地在歐洲找到新生。

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Learn Teochew - an Online Guide for Heritage Speakers

"... so I hope that young people today who have difficulty communicating with their elder relatives will recognise that they can actively do something about it..."

The Teochew Store caught up with Brandon Seah of Learn Teochew (learn-teochew.github.io), an extensive online guide for “heritage speakers”, who have “learned some of the language from their family but who have never studied it formally, and who want to improve their understanding of the language”.

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The Teochew community in Cambodia's rebirth

Watch how the Teochews living in Cambodia in the 1990s, after surviving the devastations of the brutal Pol Pot regime and years of war, devoted their  scarce resources towards the education of the next generation. 

看看在上世紀九十年代,經歷過多年紅色高棉暴政和戰亂的柬埔寨潮州人如何把有限的資源投入在下一代的教育上。
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Teochew animation film: Persimmon Tree 潮語動畫片:《柿子樹》

Because we will always be her child. To all mothers, Happy Mother's Day.
因為我們是她永遠疼愛的孩子。祝天下每一位媽媽,母親節日快樂!


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Teochews in Singapore 25 years ago

The 20th century produced many successful overseas Teochew businessmen, who always devoted their energy and wealth towards the education and other fields of philanthropy. Watch the late Lien Ying Chow of Overseas Union Bank and other Teochews in Singapore share their stories and the philosophy behind their selfless contributions towards the larger society in this documentary produced by Shantou Television in 1997.
在二十世紀,誕生了不少成功的潮籍商人。他們熱心貢獻於教育和其他慈善領域。請觀看這部汕頭電視台1997年製作的紀錄片《獅城不只一座塑像》,聽聽已故大華銀行創辦人連瀛洲和其他新加坡潮州人講述他們的故事,以及對貢獻社會的理念。

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The Teochew Community in Malaysia

Do you know that the city of Penang in Malaysia has a “Swatow Street”? (It is officially known as Lebuh Kimberley.)Let’s watch this documentary produced by Shantou Television to find out more interesting facts about the lives of Teochews living in Malaysia 25 years ago.

你知道嗎?馬來西亞檳城有條汕頭街。一起來觀賞汕頭電視台製作的紀錄片《落地生根 》,關注居住在大馬潮州二十五年前的生活。

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A Documentary on Teochews in Thailand from 1997

Thailand has the largest Teochew diaspora in the world, with the size of the community estimated at 5 million in the mid-1990s. This documentary from 1997 by Shantou Television gives a glimpse of the lives of the Teochews in Thailand. (Audio in Mandarin, with some interviews in Teochew).

海外潮州人在泰国居多。根据上世纪90年代的统计,泰国的潮州社群约有五百万人。想了解潮州人在泰国过去的生活情况,请观看汕头电视台1997年制作的纪录片《佛國潮踪》。

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