Learn everyday Hokkien
Let’s go beyond “jiak ba beh” and “huat ah!”, shall we?
2 x 4-Hour Express Workshop
Efficiently designed for busy people.
Taught in English
No Mandarin background required.
Fun-filled activities and language hacks.
Upcoming Hokkien Workshop
2 x 4-Hour Workshop
- 14 & 21 November 2021, Sundays
- 9am to 1pm
- SGD188, including materials
- Singapore Shopping Centre, S239924
- Common Greetings
- Numbers, Time & Dates
- Common Body Parts & Medical Terms
- Hobbies, Daily Activities & Food
- Hokkien Slangs and Idioms
Good to have:
- Minimal or no background in Hokkien
- Positive learning attitude
- Active participation in class activities
- 30-minute daily practice between sessions
What Makes Our Hokkien Workshop Different?
Building Vocabulary, the Singaporean Way
Singapore Hokkien is unique as there are many pronunciation variations for the same word. While you can find established romanization systems 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 an extensive effort to listen and correct your pronunciation. In this way, learning becomes easier.
Efficient Learning through Fun Activities
Traditional language classes spend many sessions building vocabulary by repeating each word after the tutor multiple 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 many lessons.
This is why during your 2 x 4-hour Hokkien workshop, you will be engaged in many activities. We don’t want to give your surprises away, but let’s just say, time often flies by in a flash. By the end of your workshop, you will walk away with an improved standard of Singapore Hokkien.
What Our Students Say
Well-chosen topics of conversation, presented in an engaging manner. I’ve learnt a lot in just 2 weeks. Thank you! I’m an educator by occupation and feel that the pedagogies selected to deliver this workshop are effective!
Hokkien Workshop for Beginners
This is a great learning experience. Very chilled and relaxed environment. Easy to learn and value for money. Eugene and Ski are super friendly. Thank you so much for organizing this. Aiming to help seniors is a great idea too, I fully support it!
Hokkien Workshop for Beginners
1. Fill in and submit the form.
2. We'll call you within 2 days to confirm availability.
3. Make a full payment via PayNow or FAST bank transfer to secure your spot!
Frequently Asked Questions
Co-founders, Ski and Eugene, address your concerns directly
Can I use SkillsFuture credits to pay for the Hokkien workshop?
Unfortunately, you can’t. At the moment, we accept payment via PayNow or FAST bank transfer.
What is your cancellation policy?
Withdrawal and Cancellation Policy
In the event that you want to withdraw from the 2 x 4-hour Hokkien workshop, please inform us via email. In addition, do note the following:
Withdrawal made by Participant
- Withdrawal made more than 7 days (i.e., more than 168 hours), prior to the 1st session of the Hokkien workshop: Full refund of fees paid via the following payment methods – PayNow and Bank Transfer (including ATM) – will be provided.
- Withdrawal made less than 7 days (i.e., less than 168 hours), prior to the 1st session of the Hokkien workshop: No refund will be provided.
- Withdrawal made after the 1st session of the Hokkien workshop has started and beyond: No refund will be provided.
Please note that no refund will be made if you choose not to attend/complete either or both sessions of the Hokkien workshop.
Replacement of Missed Session(s)
There will be no make-up session for missed lessons due to personal, medical, or other reasons.
Cancellation made by LearnDialect.sg
LearnDialect.sg reserves the right to change or cancel the workshop due to unforeseen circumstances. In the event of any cancellation made by LearnDialect.sg – for whatever reason – a full refund will be provided.
Do I get a certificate after completing the Hokkien workshop?
Yes, an electronic certificate will be emailed to you, upon completion of both sessions.
Do you offer free Hokkien workshop?
No, we don’t. That said, you can always refer to our free online resources. We recommend our How Do You Say podcasts, where you can learn Hokkien, Cantonese, and Teochew on your own time.
Any COVID-19 safe distancing and safe management measures in place?
Ski: Definitely. Your safety is our top concern, which is why we are operating at less than 50% of the training room’s capacity and enforcing strict safe distancing measures. We will also have safe management measures in place, including cleaning and disinfecting our training room and high-touch surfaces, contact tracing, and temperature screening.
Eugene: There will also be checks on visible symptoms (coughing, sneezing, breathlessness, or running nose) before entering the classroom. We seek your kind understanding and cooperation that any participant who appears unwell will be asked to leave the workshop. All participants are also required to wear masks at all times during the workshop.
Each workshop consists of 2 x 4-hour sessions. Why not regular 8 x 1-hour classes instead?
Ski: Personally, we find that 8 x 1-hour classes are not an efficient use of time. Think about the time you take to travel to and fro. You’ll have to multiply that by 8. What about that usual 5-10 minutes that the facilitators take to wait for latecomers? Multiply that by 8 too. That’s the amount of time that you have committed without learning anything yet.
Eugene: So for us, we prefer highly focused workshops. Since there is a need to travel anyway, we want you to get the most value out of each session. Plus, it’s easier to deal with an overall commitment of 2 weeks, rather than 8 weeks. Don’t you agree?
I'm worried that I can't sit through a 4-hour lecture to learn dialect. Is this teaching style meant for me?
Ski: I hear you! In fact, during my schooling days, I had trouble paying attention even for a 1-hour lecture. So your concern is totally valid. This is precisely the reason why we include many activities in our workshop. Time flies by in a flash when you are being engaged and having fun! There are breaks too. If it helps to assure you, these are some of the feedback from our participants.
Eugene: Yes, we do not like regurgitation or one-way delivery. So fret not, you’ll not be sitting straight for 4 hours and listening to boring lectures. The facilitators love an interactive class too!
If I'm a slow learner, can I keep up with your express workshop?
Ski: Hey, high five! I’m a slow learner too. My personal experience is that it doesn’t matter how fast or slow you learn. The more important factor is, how much time and effort are you putting into practice? So if I may, here’s a piece of advice: Don’t shy away from our activities during the workshops. The more you practise, the more we can help to correct your pronunciation.
Eugene: We’ve put in lots of effort in designing the workshop to teach you the tactics of learning dialect(s) quickly. However, if you refuse to speak up during class, your learning is likely to be rather limited. It’s akin to playing tennis. You can read up on all the theories and buy every available book. However, if you don’t go to the court and play it, you’ll never learn it well. So for learning dialects, it’s the same. You’ve got to put in the effort and be courageous enough to keep speaking it. We’ll also be here to support you even after the workshop ends!