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TPB System of Romanised Teochew

Why Start My System of Romanised Teochew?

I started my own system of Romanised Teochew because I found the existing systems to be difficult for English speakers, e.g. although Gaginang Website is a good website on Teochew related information, I have difficulty using the Romanised Teochew used by Gaginang: (a) to English-speakers, some of the letters (e.g. b, d, g and especially j and y) of the alphabet are used rather diferently, (b) its tone indicator system is not explicit on words requiring tone change and (c) using "n" as nasal indicator is likely to mislead users.  Similarly, Romanised Teochew in dictionaries also suffer from similar problems.


Advantages of My System of Romanised Teochew

In my system of Romanised Teochew,


TPB System of Romanised Teochew Words

In TPB system, each Romanised Teochew word consists of one or more letters of the Roman alphabet, plus tone indicator(s), as well as tone change where required and nasal indicator where required.  Details.......


Teochew Sounds: Click the following to familiarise with Teochew Sounds (Clicking may result in download. Click download for video.)

(I have increased the duration of the video and sound by 200%)


Letters of Alphabet: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 

Tone Change: Part 1 Part 2

Nasal Sounds  "n" or "ng"  Unfamiliar Sounds


Letters of the Alphabet used in TPB System of Romanised Teochew


 similar to a as in English word “father”, except a little shorter.


 = combined sound of a and i; as in English words “aisle” or “Thai” .


 = combined sound of a and o (similar to ow as in English word “cow” except end with mouth less tight).


 = b as in English word “boy”.  Note: b at end of a Romanised Teochew word is pronounced lightly, air not released.



Tone Indicators

After Romanising Teochew words (characters), numerals are added to indicate the tone to be applied to each Romanised Teochew word. Although Teochew language has 8 tones, they can be represented by 6 tones, with another two ending with a soft “g” or soft “b” or soft “d”:  Details.......


Tone Change

Certain combination of Teochew words require to change the tone of the preceding Teochew word:  Details.......


Nasal Indicator

In TPB system of Romanised Teochew, “`” (found on same key as “~”) is added after vowel/diphthong or consonant to be nasalised.   Details.......


Compound Words

Where two or more Romanised Teochew words mean a person, a creature, a thing, an action or a concept, the words are joined together so that they become easier to be identified as a person, a creature, a thing, an action or a concept.  Details.......


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.   Details.......


Variations in Spoken Teochew

As with other languages, there is variation in spoken Teochew, depending on the district it originated.  Details.......


Upper & Lower Cases

Adopted the same rules as in English, i.e. begin sentences and proper nouns with capital letters.


Punctuation Marks

Adopted the punctuation marks used in English.


Comparison with Other Romanised Teochew Systems

See details on comparison with the Romanised Teochew used by Gaginang. Details.......


Condition of Use

While I try to ensure accuracy, users shall not hold me responsible for any inaccuracy or oversight. 

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