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Why It Can Sing?

1. Romanised Teochew (without Tone Indicators)

Old Man:. Kao un, kao un kua,

Kao un chug si huan liao sua.

Teg ter tng, teg ter tua.

I zo ni ziu oi a oi kio kua?

 

Girl:          Kao un i si 

thou toi` se` kad thou toi` tua.

I thao hua` u zeg zag ped.

I zia` oi a oi kio kua .

 

Old Man:.  Chan hoi i ia si 

thou toi` se` kad thou toi` tua.

I zo ni ziu boi a boi kio kua?

 

Girl:..        Chan hoi sui jian si 

thou toi` se` kad thou toi` tua,

i pag e u kai i`.

I zia` boi a boi kio kua.

 

Old man:.  Tio kou zun i pag e ia u kai i`.

I zo ni ziu oi a oi kio kua?

 

Girl:..        Tio kou zun i si lag kha kan si sig.

I zia` oi a oi kio kua .

 

Old man:.  Teg sua me ia si lag kha kan si sig.

I zo ni ziu boi a boi kio kua?

             

Girl: .        Teg sua me i si san mag lai lai che`.

I zia` boi a boi kio kua .

 

Old man:   Chan zui koi kai mag ju ken che`. 

            .   Tiam to chan khan toi`.

            .   Kio tiod “og og ” kio.

I zo ni ziu oi a oi kio kua?

 

Girl:..        Chan zui koi i si tou tua chui iu khuad.

I  zia` oi a oi kio kua.

 

Old man:.  Thou zui kng kai tou ju ken tua.

I kai chui ju ken khuad.

I zo ni ziu boi a boi kio kua?

 

Girl:..        Thou zui kng i si thou lai zo, hue lai sio.

I zia` boi a boi kio kua.

 

Old man:.  Thou ki ku ia si thou lai zo, hue lai sio.

I zo ni ziu oi a oi kio kua?

 

Girl:..        Thou ki ku i si san thou u no khan.

I zia` oi a oi kio kua.

 

Old man:.  A ped kai teg hun tan, san thou ia no khan.

I zo ni ziu boi a boi kio kua?

 

Girl:..        Teg hun tan i si teg lai zo, to lai tiao.

I zia` boi a boi kio kua.

 

Old man:.  Teg siao kia` ia si teg lai zo, to lai tiao.

I zo ni ziu oi a oi kio kua?

 

Girl:..        Teg siao kia` i si khan siao zoi.

I zia` oi a oi kio kua.

 

Old man:.  Chai thou thiu  ……….

 

Girl:..        Chai thou thuad.

 

Old man:.  Mo ta` mo ta`, ua` kon kai mia kio jia kai.

 

Girl:          O, nia kon si kio a thuad no !

 

Old man:   Zia` zer nio kia`, a ped m ka` ta`,

ler zuan zuan ai` ta`.

 

Girl:          Mia si chai thou thiu, g`e hou` tiod thuad.

 

Old man:   G`e hou` tiod thu… thu… thu… thuad?

 

Girl:          Thuad zia` tui no.

 

Old man:   Ho, lai tui lai tui a ......

                Chai thou thuad, i kai khan ju ken zoi.

I zo ni ziu boi a boi kio kua?

 

Girl:          Chai thou thuad i si cha lai zo thid lai ten.

I zia` boi a boi kio kua.

 

Old man:   Cha sa` hi` ia si cha lai zo thid lai ten.

                Tua` tiod “ter lan tin tan, ter lan tin tan”.

I zo ni ziu oi a oi kio kua?

 

Girl:          Cha sa` hi` i si u no ko khim zua phue.

                Hua` u len tan zi tioa sua`.

I zia` oi a oi kio kua.

 

Old man:   A ped kai phua khou kued  kai sua` ju ken zoi.

I zo ni ziu boi a boi kio kua?

 

Girl:          Phua  khou kued i si zio se` hui` zio se` lui.

I zia` boi a boi kio kua.

 

Old man:   Chiu chia kia` ia si zio se` hui` zio se` lui.

                Phan tiod “thu thu” kio. 

I zo ni ziu oi a oi kio kua?

 

Girl:          Chiu chia kia` i si niam siao zoi.

I zia` oi a oi kio kua.

 

Old man:   Sng io` to i kai niam ju ken zoi.

I zo ni ziu boi a boi kio kua?

 

Girl:          Sng io` to i si chiu ten se` kad chiu ten tua.

I zia` boi a boi kio kua.

 

Old man:   Ka tan ziao ia si chiu ten se` kad chiu ten tua.

I zo ni ziu oi a oi kio kua?

 

Girl:          Ka tan ziao i si chui ziam zid kia` lai.

I zia` oi a oi kio kua.

 

Old man:   Ka to kia` i kai chui ju ken ziam, i kai zid ju ken lai.

I zo ni ziu boi a boi kio kua?

 

Girl:          Ka to kia` i si thid lai zo, hue lai sio.

I zia` boi a boi kio kua .

 

Old man:   Tua tan lo ia si thid lai zo, hue lai sio.

Kha tiod tong.... zeg kio.

I zo ni  ziu oi a oi kio kua?

 

Girl:          O, ler su ua liao, su ua liao!

 

Old man:   Zo ni oi su, zo ni oi su?

 

Girl:          Tan lo si tan lai zo, ler ta` thid lai zo,

ler su ua liao.

 

Old man:   Ler hua` zi` bue huag  khi.

                Tan lo men thid thui lai tui tui tui

                ziu oi sen tan lo?

 

Girl:          Tiam tiam ta` u lai! Tiam tiam m jin su.

 

Old man:   Hio` koi jiu jin su?  Hio` koi jiu jin su? 

                Ue` ue` ue`, pia` ta` ue,

ziad zun phu kao Tan Khoi Ten lai lou !

 

Girl:          Ua ai` kher Sai Lou, zi zun boi tig tng lou.

 

Old man:   Mai kia`, mai kia`,

A ped lai phad hian zio zed e ziu kao.

Lai phad hian zio liao a !

 

2. Romanised Teochew

Old Man:  Kao20un4 , kao20un42 kua3 ,

Kao20un4 chug01si5 huan3 liao42 sua3 .

Teg01ter0 tng1 , teg01ter0 tua0 .

I3 zo54ni10 ziu20 oi2 a3 oi2 kio54 kua3?

 

Girl:          Kao20un4 i10 si20

thou10toi`2 se`3 kad0 thou10toi`42 tua0 .

I3 thao1 hua`3 u20 zeg10zag01 peg1 .

I3 zia`54 oi2 a3 oi2 kio54 kua3 .

 

Old Man:    Chan10hoi2 i3 ia0si20

thou10 toi`42 se`3 kad0 thou10 toi`42 tua0 .

I3 zo54ni10 ziu20 boi2 a3 boi2 kio54 kua3?

 

Girl:          Chan10hoi2 sui10jian10 si20 

thou10toi`2 se`3 kad0 thou10toi`42 tua0 ,

i3 pag01e2 u20 kai10i`4 .

I3 zia`54 boi2 a3 boi2 kio54 kua3 .

 

Old man:   Tio10kou3zun1 i3 pag01e2 ia0 u20 kai10i`4 .

I3 zo54ni10 ziu20 oi2 a3 oi2 kio54 kua3?

 

Girl:          Tio10kou3zun1 i3 si20 lag10kha3 kan54 si54sig1 .

I3 zia`54 oi2 a3 oi2 kio54 kua3 .

 

Old man:   Teg01sua3me3 ia0si20 lag10kha3 kan54 si54sig1 .

I3 zo54ni10 ziu20 boi2 a3 boi2 kio54 kua3?

             

Girl:          Teg01sua3me3 i3 si20 san3mag1 lai3lai3 che`3 .

I3 zia`54 boi2 a3 boi2 kio54 kua3 .

 

Old man:   Chan10zui42koi3 kai10mag1 ju42ken54 che`3 .

                Tiam54to0 chan10khan3toi`4 .

                Kio54tiod1 “og0og0” kio5 .

                I3 zo54ni10 ziu20 oi2 a3 oi2 kio54 kua3?

 

Girl:          Chan10zui42koi3 i3 si20 tou4 tua0 chui5 iu5 khuad0 .

I3 zia`54 oi2 a3 oi2 kio54 kua3 .

 

Old man:   Thou10zui42kng3 i3 kai10 tou4 ju42ken54 tua0 .

I3 kai10 chui5 ju42ken54 khuad0 .

I3 zo54ni10 ziu20 boi2 a3 boi2 kio54 kua3?

 

Girl:          Thou10zui42kng3 i3 si20 thou1 lai10zo5, hue4 lai10sio3 .

I3 zia`54 boi2 a3 boi2 kio54 kua3 .

 

Old man:   Thou10ki3ku1 ia0si20 thou1 lai10zo5, hue4 lai10sio3 .

I3 zo54ni10 ziu20 oi2 a3 oi2 kio54 kua3?

 

Girl:          Thou10ki3ku1 i3 si20 san3thou1 u20 no20khan3 .

I3 zia`54 oi2 a3 oi2 kio54 kua3 .

 

Old man:   A3peg0 kai10 teg01hun3tan1 , san3thou1 ia0 no20khan3 .

I3 zo54ni10 ziu20 boi2 a3 boi2 kio54 kua3?

 

Girl:          Teg01hun3tan1 i3 si20 teg0 lai10zo5, to3 lai10 tiao3 .

I3 zia`54 boi2 a3 boi2 kio54 kua3 .

 

Old man:   Teg01siao3kia`4 ia0si20 teg0 lai10zo5, to3 lai10 tiao3 .

I3 zo54ni10 ziu20 oi2 a3 oi2 kio54 kua3?

 

Girl:          Teg01siao3kia`4 i3 si20 khan3 siao54 zoi0 .

I3 zia`54 oi2 a3 oi2 kio54 kua3 .

 

Old man:   Chai54thou10thiu3 ……….

 

Girl:          Chai54thou10thuad0 .

 

Old man:   Mo42ta`5 mo42ta`5 , ua`42kon3 kai10mia1 kio54 zo5 jia42kai1 .

 

Girl:          O2, nia42kon3 si20 kio54 zo5 a3thuad0 no0 !

 

Old man:   Zia`4 zer3nio10kia`10 , a3peg0 m20ka`42 ta`5 ,

ler4 zuan3zuan3 ai`54 ta`5 .

 

Girl:          Mia1 si20 chai54thou10thiu3, g`e20hou`42 tiod10 thuad0 .

 

Old man:   G` e20hou`42 tiod10 thu0… thu0… thu0…  thuad0?

 

Girl:          Thuad0 zia`54tui5 no0 .

 

Old man:   Ho4 , lai10tui5 lai10tui5 a0 ………
Chai54thou10thuad0 , i3 kai10khan3 ju42ken54 zoi0
 .

I3 zo54ni10 ziu20 boi2 a3 boi2 kio54 kua3?

 

Girl:          Chai54thou10thuad0 i3 si20 cha1 lai10zo5 thid0 lai10 ten5 .

I3 zia`54 boi2 a3 boi2 kio54 kua3 .

 

Old man:   Cha10sa`3hi`1 ia0si20 cha1 lai10zo5 thid0 lai10 ten5 .

                Tua`10 tiod1 “ter3lan2 tin2tan2, ter3lan2 tin2tan2.

I3 zo54ni10 ziu20 oi2 a3 oi2 kio54 kua3?

 

Girl:          Cha10sa`3hi`1 i3 si20 u20 no20 ko54 khim10zua3phue1 .

                Hua`42u20 len54tan3 zi42 tioa10sua`5 .

I3 zia`54 oi2 a3 oi2 kio54 kua3 .

 

Old man:   A3peg0 kai10 phua54 khou54kueg1 kai10 sua`5 ju4ken54 zoi0 .

I3 zo54ni10 ziu20 boi2 a3 boi2 kio54 kua3?

 

Girl:          Phua54 khou54kueg1 i3 si20 zio54se`3 hui`3 zio54se`3 lui0 .

I3 zia`54 boi2 a3 boi2 kio54 kua3 .

 

Old man:   Chiu42chia3kia`4 ia0si20 zio54se`3 hui`3 zio54se`3 lui0 .

                Phan42tiod1 “thu0thu0” kio5 .

I3 zo54ni10 ziu20 oi2 a3 oi2 kio54 kua3?

 

Girl:          Chiu42chia3kia`4 i3 si20 niam54 siao54 zoi0 .

I3 zia`54 oi2 a3 oi2 kio54 kua3 .

 

Old man:   Sng3 io`10to1 i3 kai10 niam5 ju42ken54 zoi0 .

I3 zo54ni10 ziu20 boi2 a3 boi2 kio54 kua3?

 

Girl:          Sng3 io`10to1 i3 si20 chiu0ten42 se`3 kad0 chiu0ten42 tua0 .

I3 zia`54 boi2 a3 boi2 kio54 kua3 .

 

Old man:   Ka3tan3ziao4 ia0si20 chiu0ten42 se`3 kad0 chiu0ten42 tua0 .

I3 zo54ni10 ziu20 oi2 a3 oi2 kio54 kua3?

 

Girl:          Ka3tan3ziao4 i3 si20 chui54 ziam3 zid10kia`42 lai0 .

I3 zia`54 oi2 a3 oi2 kio54 kua3 .

 

Old man:   Ka3to3kia`4 i3 kai10 chui5 ju42ken54 ziam3 ,

i3 kai10 zid1 ju42ken54 lai0 .

I3 zo54ni10 ziu20 boi2 a3 boi2 kio54 kua3?

 

Girl:          Ka3to3kia`4 i3 si20 thid0 lai10zo5 , hue4 lai10 sio3 .

I3 zia`54 boi2 a3 boi2 kio54 kua3 .

 

Old man:   Tua0 tan10lo1 ia0si20 thid0 lai10zo5, hue4 lai10 sio3

Kha54 tiod1 tong0.... zeg10 kio5

I3 zo54ni10 ziu20 oi2 a3 oi2 kio54 kua3?

 

Girl:          O2, ler4 su3 ua42 liao42, su3 ua42 liao42 !

 

Old man:   Zo54ni10 oi3 su3?  Zo54ni10 oi3 su3?

 

Girl:          Tan10lo1 si20 tan1 lai10zo5, ler4 ta`54 thid0 lai10zo5,

ler4 su3 ua42 liao42

 

Old man:   Ler4 hua`42 zi`4 bue0huag01 khi4

                tan10lo1 men42 thid01thui1 lai10 tui1 tui1 tui1

                ziu20 oi20 sen10 tan10lo1?

 

Girl:          Tiam0 tiam0 ta`54 u20 lai1!  Tiam0 tiam0 m20 jin0 su3.

 

Old man:   Hio`54koi0 jiu0 jin0 su3?  Hio`54koi0 jiu0 jin0 su3?

                Ue`0ue`0 ue`0 , pia`54 ta`54 ue0 ,

ziad01zun1 phu10kao54 Tan3Khoi3Ten5 lai10lou0 !

 

Girl:          Ua4 ai`54 kher54 Sai3Lou1 , zi4zun10 boi20tig01 tng4 lou0 !

 

Old man:   Mai54 kia`3 , mai54 kia`3 ,

A3peg0 lai10 phad01 hian42 zio4 zeg10e0 ziu20 kao5

Lai10 phad01 hian42 zio4 liao42 a0 !

 

3. Direct Translation

Old Man:    Earthworm, earthworm song,

Earthworm born seals finished sand.

Bamboo chopstick long, bamboo chopstick big.

It why can ah can sing?

 

Girl:             Earthworm it is

                   soil inside born and soil inside grows.

                   Its head also has a section white.

                   It rightly can ah can sing.

 

Old Man:      Paddy field crab it also is

soil inside born and soil inside grows.

It why then can’t ah can’t sing?

 

Girl:             Paddy field crab although is

soil inside born and soil inside grows,

it belly below has a seat.

                   It rightly can’t ah can’t sing.

 

Old Man:      “Tio kou zun” (insect) it belly below also has a seat.

It why then can ah can sing?

 

Girl:             “Tio kou zun” it is 6 legs and 4 wings.

                   It rightly can ah can sing.

 

Old Man:      Dragonfly also is 6 legs and 4 wings.

It why can’t ah can’t sing?

 

Girl:             Dragonfly it is both eyes sharp sharp green.

                   It rightly can’t ah can’t sing.

 

Old Man:      Paddy field frog’s eyes even greener.

                   Hides at paddy field hole inside.

                   Calls/Cries “og og” call/cry.

It why then can ah can sing?

 

Girl:             Paddy field frog it is belly big, mouth also wide.

                   It rightly can ah can sing.

 

Old Man:       Earthen water jar’s belly even bigger.

Its mouth even wider.

It why then can’t ah can’t sing?

 

Girl:             Earthen water jar it is earth come make, fire come burn.

                   It rightly can’t ah can’t sing.

 

Old Man:      Clay whistle also is earth come make, fire come burn.

It why then can ah can sing?

 

Girl:             Clay whistle it both heads have two holes.

                   It rightly can ah can sing.

 

Old Man:      Elder paternal uncle’s bamboo smoke pipe both heads also two holes.

It why then can’t ah can’t sing?

 

Girl:             Bamboo smoke pipe it is bamboo come make, knife come carve.

                   It rightly can’t ah can’t sing.

 

Old Man:      Bamboo flute also bamboo come make, knife come carve.

It why then can ah can sing?

 

Girl:             Bamboo flute it is holes count many.

                   It rightly can ah can sing.

 

Old Man:      Radish scraper …..

 

Girl:             Radish grater.

 

Old Man:      Bad say bad say, my grandfather’s name called this.

 

Girl:             Oh, your grandfather is called “otter#” ah.

 

Old Man:      This girl! Elder paternal uncle dare not say, you purposely want say.

 

Girl:             Name is “Radish scraper” must rightly “grate”.

 

Old Man:       Must rightly “grate”?

 

Girl:             “Grate” rightly correct.

 

Old Man:       Good, come correct, come correct ah ……

          Radish grater its holes even more.

It why then can’t ah can’t sing?

 

Girl:             Radish grater it is wood to come make, iron to come nailed.

                   It rightly can’t ah can’t sing.

 

Old Man:      Wooden 3-string instrument also is wood come make,

                   iron come nailed.

Strummed “ter lan tin tan, ter lan tin tan”.

It why then can ah can sing?

 

Girl:             Wooden 3-string instrument it has 2 pieces python skin.

                   Still has middle this string*.

                   It rightly can ah can sing.

 

Old Man:      Elder paternal uncle’s tattered shorts’ thread* even more.

It why then can’t ah can’t sing?

 

Girl:             Tattered shorts they are like this spin like this tired.

                   It rightly can’t ah can’t sing.

 

Old Man:      Hand cart little also is like this spin like this tired.

                   Spinning “thu thu” cry.

It why then can ah can sing?

 

Girl:             Hand cart little it is ribs^ count many.

                   It rightly can ah can sing.

 

Old Man:      Sour star fruit’s folds^ even more.

It why then can’t ah can’t sing?

 

Girl:             Sour star fruit it is tree top born and tree top grow.

                   It rightly can’t ah can’t sing.

 

Old Man:      “Ka tan” bird also is tree top born and tree top grow.

It why then can ah can sing?

 

Girl:             “Ka tan” bird it is mouth pointed tongue little sharp.

                   It rightly can ah can sing.

 

Old Man:      Little scissors’ mouth even more pointed,

tongue little even sharper.

It why then can’t ah can’t sing?

 

Girl:             Little scissors are iron come make, fire come burn.

                   It rightly can’t ah can’t sing.

 

Old Man:      Big brass cymbal also iron come make, fire come burn

                   Knocking/Striking “tong” one cry

It why then can ah can sing?

 

Girl:             Oh you lose me already, lose me already!

 

Old Man:      Why can lose?  Why can lose?

 

Girl:             Brass cymbal is brass come make, you said iron come make,

you lose me already

 

Old Man:      You still tender, not yet grow teeth. 

Brass cymbal no need iron hammer come hammer hammer hammer then can succeed brass cymbal?

 

Girl:             Always speak can come!  Always don’t admit lose.

 

Old Man:      So easy then admit lose?  So easy then admit lose? 

                   Oh oh oh, strived hard talking,

The boat floated to Tang Khoi Ten come oh!

 

Girl:             I want go Sai Lou, now cannot go back oh!

 

Old Man:      Don’t want afraid, don’t want afraid,

Elder paternal uncle come strike loud oars, soon then arrive.

Come strike loud oars ah!

 

 

4. Proper Translation

Old Man:    Earthworm, earthworm song,

Earthworm, when born, is sealed in sand.

It is as long and big as a chopstick.

Why it can sing?

 

Girl:             Earthworm is

                   born in the soil and grows up in the soil.

                   Its head also has a white section.

                   That is why it can sing.

 

Old Man:      Paddy field crab is also born in the soil and grows up in the soil.

                   Why then it can’t sing?

 

Girl:             Although paddy field crab is

                   born in the soil and grows up in the soil,

its belly has a plate.

                   That is why it can’t sing.

 

Old Man:      (Insect) Tio kou zun’s” belly also has a plate.

Why then it can sing?

 

Girl:             (Insect) Tio kou zun” has 6 legs and 4 wings.

                   That is why it can sing.

 

Old Man:      Dragonfly also has 6 legs and 4 wings.

                   Why it can’t sing?

 

Girl:            Dragonfly’s both eyes are sharp green.

                  That is why it can’t sing.

 

Old Man:      Paddy field frog’s eyes are even greener.

                   Hides inside a hole in the paddy field.

                   Cries “og og” sound.

Why then it can sing?

 

Girl:            Paddy field frog has big belly and wide mouth.

                  That is why it can sing.

 

Old Man:      Earthen water jar’s belly is even bigger.

Its mouth is even wider.

                   Why then it can’t sing?

 

Girl:            Earthen water jar is made of clay and fired.

                  That is why it can’t sing.

 

Old Man:      Clay whistle is also made of clay and fired.

Why then it can sing?

 

Girl:            Clay whistle’s both ends have holes.

                  That is why it can sing.

 

Old Man:     My bamboo smoke pipe’s both ends also have holes.

                  Why then it can’t sing?

 

Girl:            Bamboo smoke pipe is made of bamboo and carved by a knife.

                  That is why it can’t sing.

 

Old Man:      Bamboo flute is also made of bamboo and carved by a knife.

Why then it can sing?

 

Girl:            Bamboo flute has many holes.

                  That is why it can sing.

 

Old Man:     Radish scraper …..

 

Girl:            Radish grater.

 

Old Man:     Don’t say (this word), don’t say (this word), my grandfather’s name is this.

 

Girl:            Oh, your grandfather is called “otter#” ah.

 

Old Man:     This girl! I dared not say, you purposely said it.

 

Girl:            Even if you called it “radish scraper” it must still “grate”.

 

Old Man:     Must still “grate”?

 

Girl:           “Grate” is correct.

 

Old Man:     OK, be correct, be correct ah ……

        Radish grater has even more holes.

                  Why then it can’t sing?

 

Girl:            Radish grater is made of wood and a piece of iron.

                  That is why it can’t sing.

 

Old Man:      Wooden 3-string instrument is also made of wood and iron.

When strummed it sounds “ter lan tin tan, ter lan tin tan”

Why then it can sing?

 

Girl:             Wooden 3-string instrument has 2 pieces python skin.

                   And in the middle has a string*.

                   That is why it can sing.

 

Old Man:      My tattered shorts have even more thread*.

                   Why then they can’t sing?

 

Girl:            Tattered shorts suffer from wear and tear.

                  That is why they can’t sing.

 

Old Man:      Little hand cart also suffers from wear and tear.

                   When spinning it sounds “thu thu”.

Why then it can sing?

 

Girl:             Little hand cart has many ribs^.

                   That is why it can sing.

 

Old Man:      Sour star fruit has even more folds^.

                   Why then it can’t sing?

 

Girl:             Sour star fruit grows in a tree.

                   That is why it can’t sing.

 

Old Man:      “Ka tan” bird also grows up in a tree.

Why then it can sing?

 

Girl:            “Ka tan” bird’s beak is pointed and its little tongue is sharp.

                  That is why it can sing.

 

Old Man:      Small scissors are even more pointed and even sharper.

                   Why then they can’t sing?

 

Girl:             Small scissors are made of iron and forged.

                   That is why they can’t sing.

 

Old Man:      Big brass cymbal is also made of/by iron and forged

                   Striking it sounds “tong”

Why then it can sing?

 

Girl:             Oh you have lost to me, lost to me!

 

Old Man:      Why did I lose?  Why did I lose?

 

Girl:             Brass cymbal is made of brass, you said made of iron,

                   you have lost to me

 

Old Man:      You are still young, not yet have milk teeth. 

Don’t brass cymbal need iron hammer to forge it to become brass cymbal?

 

Girl:             Always able to explain away!  Always won’t admit lose.

 

Old Man:      So easy to admit I lose?  So easy to admit I lose? 

                   Oh oh oh, while busy talking,

the boat has drifted to Tan Khoi Ten already!

 

Girl:             I want to go to Sai Lou, now I can’t go back!

 

Old Man:      Don’t be scared, don’t be scared.

I shall row hard, soon we shall arrive.

Going to row hard ah!

 

 

Note: Folk Teochews use the term “chio54kua3” for “sing”.  The term “chian54ko3” is the Teochew term for “sing” derived from Mandarin.  However both terms mean “sing” by people.  For singing by nature (such as birds), Teochews use the term “kio54kua3” which literally means “cry song”, where “cry” is not a cry of sadness, but the other meaning of “cry”.

 

*In Teochew “otter” and “grater” sound the same.

*Teochews use same word for “string” and “thread”.

^Teochews use same word for “ribs” of wooden wheel and “folds” of star fruit.

 

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