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View Poll Results: Do you or do you not know how to speak your dialect .
Yes , i Know how to speak and listen to my dialect. 18 69.23%
No , i do not know to speak and do not know what are they saying . 4 15.38%
I dont bother to learn 2 7.69%
English is the international language . so why should i bother to learn my dialect. 1 3.85%
Erm Erm , What can i say . LOLx 1 3.85%
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Old 3rd September 2011, 02:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Do you or do you not know how to speak your dialect .

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Do you or do you not know how to speak your dialect .

as a Chinese , do you know how to speak your dialect . i am a hokkien , but i do not how to speak . i know what are they saying . but i cant speak



i think mostly our 21 century teenager , mostly cant speak or understand dialect .

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Re: Do you or do you not know how to speak your dialect .

I can speak Taiwanese.. my mother tongue dialect.

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Re: Do you or do you not know how to speak your dialect .

More or less still manageable

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Re: Do you or do you not know how to speak your dialect .

I can speak Cantonese which is my father's dialect as well as abit of Chiangmai Thai which is my mom's dialect.

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Re: Do you or do you not know how to speak your dialect .

I don't speak my dialect. But I do understand bits and pieces of it .

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Re: Do you or do you not know how to speak your dialect .

I can speak Hokkien cos my childhood was spend at grandparents place, normal conversation ok but if too chim then cannot understand.

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Re: Do you or do you not know how to speak your dialect .

i heard that taiwan hokkien and singapore hokkien quite different , people say taiwanese hokkien is pure and original . whereby singaporean style got mix with some malay words

such as marry .


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Re: Do you or do you not know how to speak your dialect .

Yes. Can, though not good. Cause uneducated in that language mah. Only learn through hear say since young and some research.

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For me hokkien, I can listen talk very well, Cantonese speak and listen abit, teochew speak and listen also abit abit lol


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Re: Do you or do you not know how to speak your dialect .

I can't.
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Re: Do you or do you not know how to speak your dialect .

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i heard that taiwan hokkien and singapore hokkien quite different , people say taiwanese hokkien is pure and original . whereby singaporean style got mix with some malay words

such as marry .
There is no pure and original, in my opinion.

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Re: Do you or do you not know how to speak your dialect .

When you ask somebody for help on street, are you always not sure what language to start with?

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Re: Do you or do you not know how to speak your dialect .

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When you ask somebody for help on street, are you always not sure what language to start with?
If the person is a non-Chinese, then use English. Otherwise, in Mandarin.

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Re: Do you or do you not know how to speak your dialect .

TS your poll very hard to choose, got 2 choice the same, and my pick not there,

Personally I cant speak anywhere near the level of my grandmother, its like a 5 year old kid(me) conversing with an adult. Though I can converse well enough for others to understand, I can't use many words smoothly/correctly.

But listen wise I more or less understand.
Some people in poly, dont even speak Chinese, how they speak dialect. All they know are the vulgar words they learned from other friends who learned from ah pek at the coffee shops. When you speak to them in Chinese, they replied back in English, step one Ang Mo... apparent root already completely dumped off, real original deep root how still have. sigh this country.


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I'm hokkien and can speak very well.. But still not perfect


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Re: Do you or do you not know how to speak your dialect .

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Personally I cant speak anywhere near the level of my grandmother, its like a 5 year old kid(me) conversing with an adult. Though I can converse well enough for others to understand, I can't use many words smoothly/correctly.
Hmm...Is your grandmother born in China ?

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Some people in poly, dont even speak Chinese, how they speak dialect. All they know are the vulgar words they learned from other friends who learned from ah pek at the coffee shops. When you speak to them in Chinese, they replied back in English, step one Ang Mo... apparent root already completely dumped off, real original deep root how still have. sigh this country.
Our roots are dialects.

And I believe they do not know the meanings behind those vulgars/crude words ?

Phrases like 爽 不爽 walao are originally crude words...

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Re: Do you or do you not know how to speak your dialect .

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i heard that taiwan hokkien and singapore hokkien quite different , people say taiwanese hokkien is pure and original . whereby singaporean style got mix with some malay words

such as marry .
Yes. It's different. Taiwanese is considered to be a "Standard Hokkien" (esp. Taiwanese prestige dialect). However, some Taiwanese are mixed with Japanese words, although lately there has been attempt to purify it using Hokkien words. Many Taiwanese still call bread 'phang', but this is actually Japanese loan word (similar with English word "bun"). The correct Hokkien word should be "mi pau 面包"

Singaporean Hokkien is mixed with Malay and Teochew.

For instance, 'cheap' in Singaporean Hokkien is often called "Pinn" (which is a Teochew word), whereas the correct Hokkien word for 'cheap' according to Taiwanese is "Siok 俗". Many Singaporean Hokkien call money "lui" which is a Malay loan word for "duit". The correct Hokkien word for money is "tsin 錢"

Example of Taiwanese prestige dialect:


I speak Taiwanese prestige dialect.

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One should learnt one's dialect and each dialect has its own culture and customs

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LOL!!!!So-So only.....

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Re: Do you or do you not know how to speak your dialect .

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Hmm...Is your grandmother born in China ?



Our roots are dialects.

And I believe they do not know the meanings behind those vulgars/crude words ?

Phrases like 爽 不爽 walao are originally crude words...
My grandmother is Singaporean. but during her time, her mother talked to her in Teochew.

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