With the rise in interest in all things Peranakan and a revival in the use of Baba Malay, Theresa Fuller has created a much-needed children's beginner book to learn Baba Malay.
Theresa Fuller is a qualified high school teacher, and former Higher School Certificate (H.S.C.) assessor and examiner (Board of Studies, New South Wales). The author draws on her years of experience in the classroom to simplify the process. Sweet and simple, if you are interested in learning Baba Malay then this is the way to go!
These chapter books provide an introduction to Baba Malay in bite-size portions!
Dr Marc Sebastian Rerceretnam
Author, A History of Immigrant Roman Catholics and Converts in Early Singapore 1832-1945
"A simple but thoughtfully put together book that will ignite interest in the learner to what is fast becoming an extinct language - Baba Malay. With its clear examples and practices, it will take the learner on a journey to discover a unique language used by a small but vibrant community."
- Rosalind Ang (born to a lovely nonya with roots in Brunei)
Retired educator with 40 years of teaching elementary and high school students
Linguists would classify a language as effectively dead when it is no longer the language of communication, or when only a few elderly speakers remain. When most would say, "Who cares?" Theresa who now lives in Sydney, Australia, would not just brush it off as Baba Malay is the language of her ancestors in Southeast Asia. When a language is dead, gone are all the traditions and aspects of the culture. Theresa has made quite a serious and tangible attempt to preserve the language of her Southeast Asian ancestors from extinction. Hence, Theresa's series of books on Baba Malay is to be applauded!
Dr Daud H. Soesilo, Indonesian translation coordinator. Recipient President' award for excellence in preaching, Asbury Seminary, 1980, Juris Doctor Owen prize Vanderbilt University, 1981. Chairman board directors, East Java Christian University, Malang, 1994. Member Society Biblical Literature, Indonesian Linguistic Society, Theta Phi.