What Teochew Know

March 6, 2021
by Khiem
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WhatTCSay3 is here!

What Teochew Say Version 3 is here! Available for iOS and Android, our new features include a snazzy new design, 1600 brand new entries (total 6500+), supplemental entry information such as dialect, origin, and part of speech, and some tweaks to the Gaginang Pengim (romanization system). Our biggest feature is the additional language support for French! We hope you enjoy using the app to learn Teochew!

We could not have completed this project without the help of a number of key individuals. Huge thank you for their contributions to bring this app to life!

We will continue to improve on this latest version. Our expanding team has redesign the app to allow for additional languages, so if you are interested in helping to add support for a new language, please get in touch. If you find any issues or have other ideas for how we can improve the app, please submit corrections or new entries, ask questions, or for collaboration opportunities, contact us at

May 17, 2018
by Khiem
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WhatTCSay2 Android Release


We’re proud to announce that What Teochew Say 2 is now available on Android! It’s published under a new app name “WhatTCSay2“, since we’re using an entirely new tech stack and thought this would be less intrusive way of slowly sunsetting the previous app. You may need to explicitly search for “WhatTCSay2” in the Google Play Store or use the link on the right nav.

The IOS app will be release at a later time. TBD at the moment.

What’s new?

  • Multiple sound files per English entry
  • Searchability in Chinese characters, pengim, as well as English
  • Roughly 25% more entries and soundfiles
  • New, reorganized, and expanded topics and subtopics including: Computer, Internet, Ailments, Disease, and much more.

A Work in Progress – Help Us!

This release represents our continued efforts to keep promoting Teochew language. Since making the app free of cost and open sourcing the code, we have heard from many people who have interesting in supporting us. The app is a work in progress (for one, you’ll notice our simple graphics in this version). We welcome any one else who would like to help in continuing to improve the app in any way that you have ideas for (Send us a message through this Facebook group)


Thank you to everyone who had a part in helping us to develop and release this second version of the app. This includes the original What Teochew Say Kickstarter backers (you know who you are!), those who continue to use our app, those who help to share the app with others, as well as our friends and family.

Additionally, we wanted to give special thanks to the following people for the critical task of helping to review and add new content to What Teochew Say 2.

Kheng Nguang Lee
Wat Lim
Lily Lai

Thank you everyone, from Khiem and Ty!

February 18, 2017
by Khiem
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New Year, New Goal

Hello everyone! It’s been awhile since I’ve posted. I apologize for not having been on top of managing this app or open-sourced the app like I had wanted to last year. There were some challenges that I won’t go into in this post, but if you like to know more about it, please reach out to me.

I want to announce that Ty and myself are planning to work on version 2.0 of the app. It seems that there have been some structural flaws with the original version and it is apparent now that it is becoming too time-consuming to maintain. After careful consideration, we decided the best course of action is to build a more sustainable app that is not only easy to maintain going forward, but also lends itself in such a way the community can help contribute to it. We are still in the early stages of planning, which means that the release time for version 2.0 of the app is uncertain. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us. Cheers!

February 1, 2016
by Khiem
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We’re making the app free!

Back in 2012 when 115 backers on Kickstarter pledged $4,832 (161% of our original goal), we were floored. Since then, thousands of you have supported us by buying and using the app as well as spreading the word to your friends and family. Joisia for your support all these years.

Around February 8, 2016, the Chinese New Year, What Teochew Say will be made free on both iTunes and Google Play.

Why free?

One of our goals for the year is to open source the code for the app. For now, the open-source effort targets only Android and iOS code, not the content itself. Making the app code open source will allow us to work with other designers and developers interested improving the app. We’re also open to collaboration on updating the app’s content. Shoot us an email at if either of those interests you.

Making the app free will also reduce our tax liability, reducing financial hassles and giving us more time to support the app. In the four years since What Teochew Say was launched, our team (Khiem Lam and Ty Lim) have worked our best to keep the app updated and to respond to any issues and queries, both technical and Teochew language-related. Unfortunately we can not provide refunds for those who have already purchased the app. However, your support over the years has helped us to accumulate enough operating funds so that we can cover our regular operating costs and make the app free for everyone.

We want the Teochew language community to continue to thrive and we think that making the app free and opening the source code will forward this cause.

Thank you supporters!
Ty Lim, Khiem Lam
What Teochew Say Founders

January 28, 2014
by Khiem
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WhatTCSay v2.3 is KitKat Compatible

I am happy to announce that WhatTCSay version 2.3 for Android is KitKat compatible and should be backward compatible to Honeycomb. If anyone is experiencing any issue with the app, please send the crash reports to us and then uninstall/re-install the app. If the problem persists, please contact us and we will try to resolve your issue ASAP. Thanks again for your patience!

January 2, 2014
by Khiem
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WhatTCSay Android Kit Kat Incompatibility

We apologize to anyone who is experiencing a crash while loading WhatTCSay on Android Kit Kat. This is currently our highest priority. Our goal is to maintain WhatTCSay so that it continues to be compatible with Kit Kat and future releases of Android and IOS. We will keep everyone posted when this issue has been resolved. Again, we do apologize for this and thanks for your patience.

February 10, 2013
by Khiem
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Happy Lunar New Years and Android App!

Happy Lunar New Year!  With the coming of the New Year, comes new resolutions.  We hope one of yours is to become a better Teochew speaker!  If so, then the timing is perfect!  We are happy to announce that we have officially released the Android version of WhatTCSay on Google Play.  This Android version has all the features of its IOS counterpart with layouts designed specifically for the Android platform.  If you have not already downloaded it, please check it out via the Android badge on the right.  Happy learning Teochew and Happy New Year!

September 9, 2012
by Khiem
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Kickstarter Gifts

All backers who have forwarded us their information should have received their app, cap, and/or t-shirt by now. Please contact us at if you have not received it or have trouble redeeming it. Again thank you for your support!

August 15, 2012
by Khiem
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WhatTCSay is in App Store!

We’re excited to announce WhatTCSay (our Teochew dictionary for English speakers) is now available in the Apple’s App Store!  Check it out and share it to those you think would be interested in learning Teochew!

August 15, 2012
by Ty
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What is “TCKnow?”

You may be wondering what “TCKnow” is. It’s the name of our company (LLC). When we came up with the idea for the app, WhatTCSay, we decided that it would make sense to create a company so that we could not only work on WhatTCSay, but also create more awesome TC-related tools. Thus, TCKnow was born!

This blog will feature information about all of our projects, including WhatTCsay, and other things we have in the pipeline. Think of us as a new Teochew-themed start up company! =D