There are 8 tones in Teochew. In many resources, you will see a number after each syllable, indicating which tone it is.
|3||Low Falling, Rising||vegetables||chai3||菜|
|8||High Short||white||beh(4) sek4||白色|
Many words undergo tone change when placed in front of another word. The table below shows the same words as above, but placed in front of another word to demonstrate how their tones change.
|Original Tone||Changed Tone||Example|
|3||2 (or 5)||radish||chai(2) tao5||菜头|
|4||8||dried, shredded pork||bhah(8) yong5||肉绒|
|5||7||hair (on your head)|
|6||7||great grandmother||lao(7) ma2||老妈|
|7||7||aunt (dad's oldest sister)|
|8||4||napa cabbage||beh(4) chai3||白菜|
In the translations on this site, if a word has undergone tone change, the spoken tone will be displayed in parentheses. If a word originally has tone 3 and undergoes tone change, I will always display tone 2 for it, but my audio clips will vary between actually saying it with tone 2 or tone 5. I'm not consistent 😅