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Teochew Words Ending with “n” or “ng”

Except for Teochew words without vowels, e.g. ng1 (yellow), tng2 (= broken), tng4 (= go back), tng5 (= pawn), etc, other Teochew words do not have distinctly “ng” sound. It is a fact that for majority of Teochews, surname () is written as “Tan” rather than “Tang”. In view of this, TPB System of Romanised Teochew, uses “n” as the standard but accepts “ng” as variant.



copper/brass = tan1, its variant = tang1

heavy = tan2, its variant is tang2

east = tan3, its variant is tang3 

wait = tan4, its variant is tang4

freeze = tan5, its variant is tang5

cave = tan0, its variant is tang0


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