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ESSAYS

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@ Doi ek haose diojiu nang jiatbung hue | First Teochiu Youth Dinner Meeting | Ty Eng Lim

@ Nang gai doi ek jua jobu jiat bung si na giajiu losechi. dangbi sai sio` diot sooiao sio gno, ua jai` oi huakse ho! longjong oo jap nang chamgia heu me gai uatdong. Liam lang gai na niuiotchi gat huasengdoongchi juang lai ge! Gimjui bungdiam si jiot gai dihung. Soi gai`, si gimtat ghuediao, oi muet nang gamgak siao gagi gai lai. @ Gaginang gai chiao nang goisuet makdi gat patsung sai. Goisuet ao, jio hou daige gagi gaisiao. Dangsi nang puet lai puet keu, puet joi joi seu. Suiyiang uang haose diochiu nang joi da` si engboong, lang jua si oi da` chook lai diochiu ue.

Our first Dinner meeting togther was in Los Angeles, California. Ever since first thinking about the need to meet in person, I knew that the Dinner meeting would be a success! Altogether there were ten people attending that night's activities. Some were even from New York City and Washington DC! Kim Chuy was the location; a small Phnom Penh Noodle house, with a homely feel. Gaginang's four steering committee members first explained goals and plans (of the organization). After that, everyone was allowed to introduce themselves. Throughout that time, people discussed many things. Although we young Teochiu spoke mostly English, sometimes Teochiu was heard.

Vocabulary:

  • giajiu California
  • losechi Los Angeles
  • dang bi eversince, since
  • soo iao need, require
  • huak se happen, occur
  • chamgia attend
  • uatdong event
  • liam even
  • niuiotchi New York City
  • huasengdoongchi Washington
  • chiao nang leader
  • goisuet describe
  • makdi goal
  • gaisiao introduce
  • suiyiang although

 

Knowing Who Your Are | Jai Gagi | Huy Ear

(This essay is translated from Mandarin.)

Ua gak dek gi dik jik gai meng jak gai boong hue jai dong iao. Hiao da` leu gagi gai huang ngiang si jik gai si ui. Dui ua lai da, hiao da pou tong ue ho si ho, dang si ua hiao da diojiu ue. Iao si ua oo ji`, ua ai` do mui gok giang li jik so diojiu ue gai hak hao. Ui liao go li joi joi gai hak seng, lai ot diojiu ue, jia so hak hao jiang si jik so hue ia` li gai hak hao. Ing ui diojiu huang gniang hak hao si hue ia` li gai, dek bia` si do mui gok. Ua oo gui gai peng iu si diojiu nang, dang si i nang long m hiao da diojiu ue. Ua jai eng bhoong gat pou tong ue hue sio` dong iao, dang si hiao da gagi gai huang gniang ia tit dong iao. Hiang Gang ia oo joi joi diojiu nang, boot gue jing jiam hiao da ho diojiu ue, ing ui i nang bek soo da gang dang ue. Iao si ua oo gao ji`, ua ia ai` do Hiang Gang giang li jik so hak hao. Yoo go ua si oo ji` gai nang diojiu ue jiang oi geng pou gip.

I think remembering the culture of a nationality is important. Knowing how to speak your own dialect is one method. Concerning me, I feel being able to speak Mandarin is good, but I can also speak Teochiu. If I had money, I would like to establish a Teochiu School in the US. In order to encourage students to learn Teochiu, this school would be a non-profit one. Because the Teochiu Dialect School would be non-profit, it would be in the US particularly. I have a few friends who are Teochiu but they can't speak Teochiu. I know English and Mandarin are very important, but knowing how to speak one's own dialect is also extremely important. Hong Kong also has many Teochiu people, but because they need to speak Cantonese very few can speak Teochiu. If i have enough money, I would also want to establish a school in Hong Kong. If I became rich, Teochiu would be able to be popularized.

Vocabulary:

  • meng jak nationality
  • huang ngiang dialect
  • si ui method
  • hue ia` li non-profit
  • hue sio` very, extremely (from Mandarin)
  • tit very, extremely (from Teochiu)
  • bek soo need, required
  • pou gip popularize