The easiest way to make a grandparent or an elderly relative smile is to greet them in a dialect. Say “Ah ma. Jiak pa buay?”, or “Ye ye, lei sik zo fan mei a?”, and watch their faces light up with joy.

More than just making someone smile, such tiny actions help preserve the usage of Chinese dialects. In modern Singapore, the use of Chinese dialects has fallen from 18 percent in 2005 to 14 percent in 2010 and 12 percent in 2015. Dialects are important and crucial as it helps us forge greater understanding of our cultural identity and heritage.

That’s why Keppel Land’s Highline Residences’ #TiongBahruLang campaign (previously launched with a video to teach you how to Lo Hei in Cantonese), hopes to help young Chinese Singaporeans preserve their linguistic heritage. 

Meet the original #TiongBahruLang

Lang’ means ‘people’ in the Hokkien dialect. In Singaporean-speak, ‘Tiong Bahru Lang’ simply translates to ‘People of Tiong Bahru’.

Tiong Bahru, as Singapore’s first and oldest public housing estate, is still home to many elderly residents and traditional businesses. Modern-day Tiong Bahru brings the best of old and new together, and is where a collection of trendy shops, restaurants and bars are situated. It has even been named as one of the world’s most stylish heritage neighbourhoods.

Jointly created together with Mothership.sg, here’s what a few original #TiongBahruLang think of their neighbourhood:  

#TiongBahruLang - Mr Tay Meow Quee

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#TiongBahruLang - Mdm Leong Seet Har

Experience the untold stories behind this heritage neighbourhood with free guided tours organised by Highline Residences. With more than a total of 10 stops and you can expect to take about one hour to complete the entire walking trail. Happening over two weekends on 20 & 28 May 2017 from 2pm, bring your parents and grandparents for a fun day out with your family! But fastest fingers first, only limited slots available. Sign up here.

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Download a copy of the #Tiongbahrulang heritage map here.

A space to share, and so much more

If you know someone who speaks fluent Teochew or Cantonese, chances are, they grew up living in the same house as their grandparents. Learning a dialect from your grandparents gives you a priceless peek into your family lineage, helping you gain a deeper understanding of who you are and where you came from. This is one of the best things about living in a multigenerational home.

Highline Residences at Tiong Bahru offers a range of 3- and 4-bedroom units, including dual-key units, that encourage multigenerational living.

With a dual-key unit, all your family members can live under one roof while still enjoying personal space and privacy. If you have children, they will also be able to bond with their grandparents, stay closely grounded to their roots, and perhaps even pick up a dialect. 

Start preserving culture today

The best time to start preserving culture is now. The #TiongBahruLang campaign is brought to life at Highline Residences sales gallery through fun activities and videos, where learning Chinese dialects such as Hokkien, Teochew and Cantonese can be viewed in a new light.

When you visit the various show flat units in the sales gallery, you will find labels teaching you how to say the names of commonly used household items. Surprise your elderly parents or grandparents with your knowledge!  

You and your little ones can also attend free dialect workshops at the sales gallery. To attend, simply follow KeppelLandLive’s Facebook page for details on how to sign up. Workshops are entirely free and open to public. 

With so much in store for you, visit the Highline Residences sales gallery at 1 Kim Tian Road today to start being a part of the #TiongBahruLang community!

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