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            A Star in the Sky

 

1.   Romanised Teochew (without tone indicators)

Thi` ten zeg liab che`

Thi` e khui zer ze

Zer ze mng bue khui

A nou khau ai` ziad iu zui

Iu zui li bue seg

A nou khau ai` ziad ter neg

Ter neg hua` bue kuad

A nou khau ai` ziad huan kuad

Huan kuad bue zen liu

A nou khau ai` ziad ziu

Ziu bue keg

A nou khau ai` ziad cheg

Cheg bue oi

A nou khau ai` ziad koi

Koi bue thai

A nou khau ai` ziad lai

Lai bue tiad

A nou khau khau ziu tiod hiad

 

 

2.   Romanised Teochew (with tone indicators)

Thi`3 ten4 zeg10 liab10 che`3

Thi`3 e2 khui3 zer3 ze3

Zer3 ze3 mng1 bue0 khui3

A3 nou1 khau54 ai`54 ziad10 iu10 zui3

Iu10 zui3 li3 bue0 seg1

A3 nou1 khau54 ai`54 ziad10 ter3 neg1

Ter3 neg1 hua`3 bue0 kuad0

A3 nou1 khau54 ai`54 ziad10 huan3 kuad0

Huan3 kuad0 bue0 zen10 liu4

A3 nou1 khau54 ai`54 ziad10 ziu4

Ziu4 bue0 keg0

A3 nou1 khau54 ai`54 ziad10 cheg0

Cheg0 bue0 oi3

A3 nou1 khau54 ai`54 ziad10 koi3

Koi3 bue0 thai1

A3 nou1 khau54 ai`54 ziad10 lai1

Lai1 bue0 tiad0

A3 nou1 khau54 khau5 ziu20 tiod10 hiad0

 

 

3.  Direct Translation

Sky top one star

Sky below opened school

School gate not yet opened

The child cried want consume oil kueh

Oil kueh not yet cooked

The child cried want consume pig meat

Pig meat while not yet cut

The child cried want consume sweet potato

Sweet potato not yet dug

The child cried want consume wine

Wine not yet made

The child cried want consume husked rice

Husked rice not yet milled

The child cried want consume chicken

Chicken not yet slaughtered

The child cried want consume pear

Pear not yet picked (from tree)

The child cried cried had to stop.

 

 

4.  Proper Translation

There was a star in the sky

On earth opened a school

School gate was not yet opened

The child cried for (a type of) fried kueh

Fried kueh was not yet cooked

The child cried for pork

Pork was not yet cut

The child cried for sweet potato

Sweet potato was not yet dug up

The child cried for wine

Wine was not yet made

The child cried for husked rice

Husked rice was not yet milled

The child cried for chicken

Chicken was not yet slaughtered

The child cried for pear

Pear was not yet picked (from tree)

The child had to stop crying.

 

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