Wa Si Teochew Kia—My First 120 Teochew Expressions 《我是潮州囝——精选一百二十潮语词语》
Our Kickstarter Backers
We sincerely thank all our friends and supporters, especially the following backers on Kickstarter, without whom this project would not have been realised.
(names in Teochew Peng‘ im and English alphabetical order)
|淵上羽翼 Wadatsumi Tsubasa
|李基晨 Ki Sing Edward Li
|潮建國 Tio Kiang Kok
|Ai Lin Chia
|Amanda Luu 劉美圓
|Ang Wei Lun 洪伟伦
|Angela Arunarsirakul 楊銀銀
|Anthony Lim Quach
|Antoine Srun 吳世民
|Brian C. Cheng 郑崇光
|Bryan Goh 吴昱贤
|Cara Isabella Sim 沈茂苹
|Chia Poo Lim
|Choi Pui Hing 蔡培鑫
|Christine Huynh 黄嘉玲
|Dr. Nicholas Him 郭順寶醫生
|Emilia Iva Lam
|Emily Lay 赖仪真
|Ernie Chua Ern Kiang 蔡恩强
|Gan TB 颜添文
|Harry Wong 王浩生
|Helen Kim 金良英
|Heng Meei Fang 王美芳
|Irene Ma 马爱玲
|James Huan Ly
|James Qiu 邱士权
|James Thai 蔡真財
|Jean-Louis Quach 郭路易
|Jennifer Ann Lee (李静儀)
|Jennifer A. Tran 陳金梅
|Jonathan Tan 陈勇豪
|Joseph Be 馬金盛
|Julia Alena Soh 李清
|Kau Kean Pin 許靖恆
|Kaytryn Oh 胡珂婷
|Kim and Min Chang
|Ler Han Qiang 呂漢強
|Linda Uyeda 李銀葉
|Lisa Luc 陆 金 清
|Ng Geak Kun 黄玉堃
|Ng Tze Pin 黄智斌
|Ng Tze Sheng 黄智晟
|Oo Sheng Hui
|Samuel Goh 吴灵生
|Sikay Chung 钟诗淇
|Su Zhangkai 苏章恺
|Tan Gia Lim
|Tan Jit Hin 陈日鑫
|Tan Kwang Yeong (Chen Kwon Rong)
|Tay Yong Sing 郑勇胜
|Thai Lee 李玉泰
|Ty Eng Lim
|Vichit Yanamorn 黄铁汉
|Willow & Olive Ngo
|Xie Shangbin 谢尚斌
|Yeo Wei Le 杨伟乐
UPDATE - 2 NOVEMBER 2022
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!
For backers with physical rewards, we will be in touch with you over the next few days concerning arrangements and payment for shipping.
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.
Our flashcards will also soon be on sale on The Teochew Store website. Do look out for them on this website
UPDATE - 16 AUGUST 2022
- Feeding time 喂奶;
- Changing time 换衣;
- Mealtime 吃饭;
- Bathtime 洗浴;
- Bedtime 睡觉;
- Playtime 玩耍;
- Body parts 身体部位;
- Basic actions 基本动作;
- Feelings and emotions 感觉与情绪;
- Family 家庭.
- Gathered and making available for free download a collection of rare 19th and 20th centuries Teochew/English-Teochew dictionaries and learning guides, such as Teo-swa 15 Sounds (潮汕十五音, 1938) by 鳴平 and AM Fielde's First Lessons in the Swatow Dialect (1878);
- Adapted for English speakers and converted into various digital formats two out-of-print Mandarin-Teochew self-learning audio-book titles, 潮州话一月通 (Conversational Teochew for a Month) and 潮州话口语 (Spoken Dioziu);
- Sell on our online store recent Teochew language learning publications and dictionaries, as well as Teochew nursery rhymes audio-books for children;
- Uploaded and created dedicated playlists on YouTube for videos for Teochew language learning as well as for children.
- 收集十九世纪至二十世纪的潮州字典、英潮双语词典和手册 - 例如鳴平所編的《潮汕十五音》(1938年)和 A.M. Fielde的《First Lessons in the Swatow Dialect》（1878年）,并在网站上免费分享；
- 在Youtube上传，并且创建学习潮语及适合儿童观赏的视频播放列表 。
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No. The Teochew language is very much alive. It can still be widely heard in the Teochew region and major population centres in China and Southeast Asia, including Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh, Singapore, Johor Baru, Penang, Pontianak and the Riau Islands.
The use of the language has also proliferated in recent years on popular social media platforms, such as Facebook, Tik Tok, YouTube and Discord.
More importantly, Teochew remains the language at home for many families, particularly as the channel for grandparents and other elders to impart their valuable life knowledge and wisdom to the younger generations.
Well, no. A study conducted by PhD researchers from the University of Alberta and the University of Padova discovered that "bilingualism does not lead to confusion, nor does it have any inherent negative impact on development". On the contrary, it found that "bilingual children show some advantages in socio-cognitive development when compared to monolinguals, particularly in understanding the beliefs of others, picking out the important variables to solve a problem, and entertaining two possible interpretations of the same stimulus at once".
Another Michigan State University report further assures that"between the ages of 0-3, the brains of young children are uniquely suited to learn a second language as the brain is in its most flexible stage" and infants "can learn a second language as easy as they learned to walk and learn their primary language".
Teochew is spoken with a variety of accents that differ from district to district, even from village to village. The difference between the Swatow accent and those from Teoyor (潮陽), Pholeng (普寧) and Huilai (惠來) counties is particularly pronounced. Our view is that you should stick to what you speak at home because this is your family heritage.
Some Teochew expressions can be said in many ways. For example, “mother” is traditionally “ah ni” or "ah ne" (亞奶), "ah-bou" (亞母) or "ah-ai" (亞姨, also written as 亞嬡), but these are increasingly displaced by “ah-ma” (亞媽). To simplify our contents, we will in such instances teach the terms that are currently in common use.
有些词语，在潮语中有多个表达。例如“妈妈”，传统表达有“ah ni”/"ah ne" (亞奶), "ah-bou" (亞母)或"ah-ai" (亞姨/亞嬡)，但这些正慢慢地被“ah-ma” (亞媽)取代。为了简化内容，我们的教材将教目前经常被使用的表达。
Despite our name, The Teochew Store is not run as a profit-seeking business. All these years, we receive only token commissions for the sale of books and other products on our website. The revenues and donations/tips we receive are ploughed back to meet the costs of maintaining our website and online store.
More importantly, we are not just trying to sell a product through this project. We see this as an opportunity of engaging the Teochew community worldwide to raise awareness of the possibilities and importance of teaching our mother tongue to the next generation at a very young age.
The money raised will be used to pay for the artwork, video production, printing and packaging, as well as the fulfilment of gifts.
10% of all money collected will go towards meeting the Kickstarter and payment processing fees for this fundraising campaign.
Upon a successful wrap-up of our fundraising campaign on 15 August 2022, we will commence with the completion of the artwork, video production as well as printing of the physical flashcards.
Our goal is to finish all production in November 2022 and deliver the flashcards and gifts to you by mid-December, in time for Christmas.
Updates on the progress of our project and any changes will be provided on this webpage as well as on The Teochew Store website (www.theteochewstore.org)
Our T-shirts will come in adult and child sizes. It will be in white and printed with the words "Wa Si Teochew Kia" and one of our series family characters of your choice.
我们的礼品T恤衫将有成人与小孩的尺码。白色T恤衫将印有英文“Wa Si Teochew Kia"和一个由您选择的“我是潮州囝”家庭人物图案。
Our tote bags will be printed with the Wa Si Teochew Kia family characters portrait and they come in two sizes, big (40X35X10cm) and small (22X25cm).
我们的礼品手提袋将印有“我是潮州囝”卡通全家福图画，有大号 (40X35X10cm) 也有小号(22X25cm)。
You can also have a personalised cartoon portrait of your child hand painted by our partner illustrators (canvas size:10X10cm). But act fast as this is a limited reward! (Picture above is solely for reference).
Yes, we do have something on the cards for children aged three and above. As a matter of fact, we have already drawn up a second list of 120 expressions. However, this is our first-ever product. It is a baby step for us that we want to get right, before taking the next leap. So do support us!