Episode: Make Hokkien Cool Again

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Make Hokkien Cool Again

Is Hokkien a language or a dialect? What happened to lead to its demise? And what's being done to help slow the death of Penang Hokkien? Find out in this episode of Language Stories.


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Special Guests: John Ong & Kee How - Penang Hokkien and Sim Tze Wei - Speak Hokkien Campaign.

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  • Learn to Read and Write — This page from Speak Hokkien Campaign is a helpful introduction to reading and writing the language.
  • The Chinese Repository — One edition of The Chinese Repository, as mentioned in Sim Tze Wei's interview.
  • Basic Penang Hokkien - Memrise — There's a basics course available on Memrise specifically for Penang Hokkien.
  • Taiwanese Hokkien - Simply Learn App — If you're curious to learn about the differences between different dialects of Hokkien, this app for Taiwanese Hokkien is a good starting point.
  • Penang Hokkien Basics - Penang Travel Tips — A thorough PDF from Penang Travel Tips for Penang Hokkien.
  • Hokkien In Penang — Great introduction to the language in Penang.
  • Hokkien Card Game - Say What — Remember Lilian from the Singapore episode? She has an edition of her Say What card game for Hokkien!
  • Glossika — And if you’d like to learn more about Chinese languages, one of my favourite resources you might enjoy is Glossika, which at last count, has courses available for 7 different Chinese languages, including Taiwanese Hokkien.

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