Teochew: How Do You Say “What is Your Name?”

by | Aug 12, 2018 | Teochew, Teochew - How Do you Say

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New Words

EnglishTeochewFormal RomanizationOur Romanization
I / MeUaWa
My name is我个(的)名是Ua gai mian siWa gai mia si
What is your name?你叫什乜(么)名?Le gio sib mih mian?Lir gior si mih mia?

Podcast Transcript | Teochew: How Do You Say “What is Your Name?”

你好, 食好未? My name is Eugene and welcome to Teochew – How Do You Say Podcast on

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.

Thank you for listening in to Teochew – How Do You Say Podcast on and see you the next time.

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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, 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.

1 Comment

  1. Alvin Chan

    Hi, how do you romanize 彦?


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