Hokkien - Life Has Its Ups and Downs


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Speak Hokkien Series 1019 

Life has its' ups and downs - success and failures. We reflect, make adjustments; have our joys and regrets. But we should never give up.

1. failure - sit4 phai3

2. success - seng3 khong1

3. worry - huan3 loh4, chao3 huan2

4. mistakes - choh4 gnoh3, chah3 choh3

5. turn back - huan3 tao2, huey3 tao2

6. happen - huat1 seng1

7. regret - huan4 huey4, hor3 huey4

8. see clearly - siu3 thong1





Hokkien - Pealing Our Emotions And Characteristics



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We feel and view matters. We react and we do have our pattern of behaviour or character. Some Hokkien words we can use.

Speak Hokkien Series 1018 

1. good hearted - hoh1 sim1

2. bad hearted - phai1 sim1

3. good tempered - hoh1 seng4 tay4

4. stubborn - tiao3 ban2, thi1 ki4, khood1 kiong2

5. reasonable - beng1 su li, hup1 cheng2 hup1 li4

6. disturbed emotionally - kiek4 tong3, huan1 kong2, liah3 kong2

7. good spirits - sim3 cheng2 hoh4, khui3 sim1, huan2 lok1

8. humble - khiam1 hi1, chu3 pi1



Some Words To Describe Our Positive Qualities

Pealing Our Emotions And Characteristics
Speak Hokkien
What Indispensible Expressions?
Pealing Our Emotions And Characteristics
At Your Work - Expressions You May Use





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Since this website has set up from the middle of February, there have been many who have shown a keen interest in Hokkien. Thank you all visitors from the United States, Australia, Britain, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Indonesia, China, Russia and other places. You come from some 57 cities worldwide. My Hokkien lesson videos (though with a modest start) can now be found in dozens of websites including that of China, Taiwan, Singapore, United States and Japan. Appreciate your support. Thank you.

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1. generous, forgiving - thai3 hong1

2. on good terms - hoh3 hoh4

3. speak truth - khong1 sit1 oay3

4. thankful - kam1 oon1

5. full of smiles - ban3 choon1 hong1

6. responsible in work - choh4 tai3 chi3 chin1 oo3 chiek4 lim3

7. search the truth behind matters - chao1 chuey3 su3 sit1 eh3 chin3 siong3

8. sincere - seng3 i3







At Your Work - Expressions You May Use


Spiritual Words And Expressions
Some Words To Describe Our Positive Qualities
Pealing Our Emotions And Characteristics
Speak Hokkien
What Indispensible Expressions?

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Speak Hokkien Series 1016

Everyday expressions we may use at the workplace. Here are some:

1. start work - siong1 phan1, khooi3 khang1

2. finish work - hah3 phan1; phang4 khang1

3. office - phan3 khong3 saik3

4. secretary - pi4 su1

5. manager - kheng3 li4

6. supervisor - chu1 lim3; chong1 khuan4

7. department/division - por3 mng2/ por3 mui2

8. take leave - cheng1 kah4



Spiritual Words And Expressions


What Indispensible Expressions?
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Pealing Our Emotions
Be Proud To Speak Proper Hokkien- Preserve The Heritage.
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Speak Hokkien Series 1015

Humans have a spiritual need expressed in various ways. Here are some spiritual expressions we may use daily.

1. God, spirit, deity - sin2, siong3 tay3, thi3 kong3 peh1

2. bless - poh1 pi3

3. plead, supplicate - kiu2

4. worship - pai3, hok1 sai3

5. pray - ki3 toh4

6. hope - hi3 bang3, ng4 bang3

7. thanksgiving - thap1 siah3

8. direct, guide - chi1 si3






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Hokkien - What Words Can Be Spoken At The Right Time?


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Marvellous Hokkien - Double Rhyme Combo Words (2 Plus 2 Rhyme) 


Speak Hokkien Series 1014

It has been more than 8 years since I first started my research into Hokkien - a lovely tongue; accumulating precious Hokkien words into an English-Hokkien dictionary. I have not commercialised this meaningful and beneficial project. A few people do and have put it into books and rewarded for their efforts but their Hokkien is more of a regional nature. I take a more global approach. I accumulate all Hokkien terms whether regional or prestige but I absolutely reject unnessary loan words from other languages. Those are not Hokkien words and there are Hokkien words for them in the first place.I must testify that Hokkien has a tremendously rich vocabulary. Some individual English words has more 20 Hokkien equivalents.

Let's continue today's segment.

1. banish (sickness) - siao3 tu2

2. boredom (dispel) - kai1 iu3 chiu2

3. bad point - khuat1 tiam4

4. baggage - heng3 li4

5. bankrupt - phoh4 san4

6. basis (on what) - pheng4 siah1 mih4

7. be careful - kah1 say4 ji3

8. bear responsibility - tham3 tng1



Who Says It's Hard To Learn Hokkien?


Speak Hokkien - Life Ups and Downs
Speak Hokkien - What is needed?
Express Yourself In Hokkien With Proper Vocabulary
Enrich Your Life Speaking Proper Hokkien
Marvellous Hokkien - Double Rhyme Combo Words (2 Plus 2 Rhyme)

Speak Hokkien Series 1013

I once saw a poster of seagulls flying over a story sea with a caption: " They Can Because They Think They Can." The best way to learn Hokkien is to keep an open mind, do away with prejudice and be passionate about learning the language and culture.

Let us continue with another set of words:

1. establish justice - chu1 chi2 khong3 toh3

2. take full advantage - chiak1 kao4 kao3

3. find out - tham4 thiah1

4. feeling - kham4 siong4

5. emphasize relationships - sioh4 cheng2

6. sacrifice - hi3 seng1

7. face reality - bien3 tooi4 hian3 sit1

8. help out - tao4 khah1 chiu4

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Are You Doubtful? Hokkien Words To Express Lack Of Confidence.

Marvellous Hokkien - Double Rhyme Combo Words (2 Plus 2 Rhyme)
Enrich Your Life Speaking Proper Hokkien
Express Yourself In Hokkien With Proper Vocabulary
Speak Hokkien - What is needed?
Speak Hokkien - Life Has Its Ups and Downs 

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1. not possible – nah1 oo3 khoh1 lien2

2. not true – kum1 boh3 iah4

3. can't handle him – boh3 ee1 eh3 huat1

4. can't persuade a person - khong1 bay3 iah2

5. can't resolve something – boh3 huat1 tor3

6. what if – ban3 put1 li3

7. what to do – khuah1 bay1 aun1 chuah1 tioh3 hoh4

8. not necessary – boh3 chit1 lay2 pit1 iao3

Practice! Practice! Practice! You will improve as go along.