The Most Comprehensive Eurasian Heritage Dictionary: Kristang-English / English-Kristang


Valerie Scully and Catherine Zuzarte
2004. SNP International
Soft cover. 23cm x 15.5cm, 256 pages
ISBN No: 9789812480521

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Product Description

A language of uncommon lyricism and spirit, Kristang is the patoi of the Portuguese Eurasians of Asia. With a distinguished history that that dates to the arrival of Afonso d’Albuquerque’s fleet in Malacca in 1511, Kristang has been passed down orally from generation to generation for over 500 years. Though it has retained its European roots, Kristang has been deeply influenced by many of the languages of the region and is one of Asia’s most unique yet little-known linguistic treasures.

The Eurasian Heritage Dictionary is the first-ever dictionary of this singular language and culture. Exhaustively researched and complied from interviews with native speakers, it has a comprehensive set of language features as well as dual-language explanations of Eurasian culture and its oral traditions.

Fully illustrated with entries on Kristang songs, poems, cuisine, names, idioms and rituals, The Eurasian Heritage Dictionary encapsulates the living legacy and memories of one of Asia’s most vibrant cultures.

Table of Contents


Foreword by BG (NS) George Yeo


Using the Dictionary:

Arrangements of Entries

Parts of Speech, Functional Classifications, Word Origins and Word Classes

Cultural Entries


  • Phonetic Symbols
  • The Pronunciation of Kristang in Singapore


  • Nouns
  • Pronouns
  • Prepositions
  • Adjectives
  • Verbs
  • Adverbs
  • Gender
  • Doubt
  • Conjunctions
  • Numerals


Celebrating the Kristang Heritage

  • Customs
  • Festivals
  • Home Remedies
  • Proverbs
  • Songs and Poems
  • Prayers
  • Prose

Kristang-English Dictionary

English-Kristang Dictionary


Additional Information

Weight 600 g
Dimensions 23 x 15.5 x 2 cm