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Hokkien and Mandarin?
The answer: Hokkien should remain our mother tongue. We should never sacrifice our mother tongue for Mandarin. Yet, Mandarin is the language to identify all Chinese in general as Hokkien is the language to identify the Hokkiens. That we should appreciate. The mastering of Mandarin posed little problems as formal education is readily available for the next generation. However, the mastering of Hokkien is in peril. Out of 10 Hokkien parents, I can safely say only 1 or 2(rarely) really take the trouble to speak to their children in Hokkien. The rest use Mandarin, English, Thai, Khmer, Indonesian, Vietnam, Tagalog etc to talk with their young. The general apathy is getting stronger. The day will come when some people will claim to be Hokkiens but cannot speak a single word of it. This is happening in some countries and will spread to others. Mark my words.

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1. Not my wish - mm1 si3 wah4 eh3 pun1 ee3

2. Party's wishes may not represent people's wishes -
    tong4 ee3 boh3 tai4 piao4 beng3 ee3

3. No way out - chiu4 chun1 boh3 por3, khah1 kiah3 boh3 lor3
                          chin3 boh3 por3, thay3 boh3 lor3

4. Good and bad times follow each other -
    sar3 ni2 chit3 lun2,
    ho1 bai4 chiao4 lun2

5. Put great effort - yong3 chiah4 neh1 chuey3 khor1 sim1

6. Unreliable dependance - oah1 swah1 swah1 pang1,
                                            oah1 piah3 piah3 toh4

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The use of Mandarin has also replaced the use of other Chinese dialects, Hokkien in particular, for intra ethnic communication in some domains.  Hokkien is known and still used, but mostly by older Chinese and the less educated.  Mandarin is still by and large a High (H) language, while Hokkien remains dominant in hawker centers, on buses, etc. (Kuo & Jernudd, 2003). Language Policies Impact


Please remember that ‘Pupil Own Language’ (POL) in schools is always assumed to be the mother tongue of Chinese pupils - Mandarin. While learning Mandarin is important- no dispute about that-Chinese pupils do not learn their mother tongues formally. The fact for many is, Mandarin is NOT our mother tongue. Yet, this misunderstanding persists worldwide. People everywhere assume that Chinese(Mandarin) is the mother tongue of all Chinese people. Please do some research about Mandarin and its origin to understand this situation.
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1. Rather inconvenient - han1 ni1 iah1 mah3 huan2

2. Can I just ask you? - wa1 chioh4 mng3 li4 chit1 eh3

3. Develop naturally - chu3 lian2 huat1 tien4

4. Not serious and diligent attitude - boh3 teng1 chin1 eh3 tai4 tor3

5. Should it be like this? kam1 si3 it1 teng3 ann1 ni1?

6. Not take it seriously - mah1 ni1 tong3 hong1.

7. Relationship becomes stronger - kam1 cheng2 lu1 kien3 teng3

8. Don't be happy too early - mai4 hua3 hi4 kah1 siu3 char4

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1. like (someone) - kah4 i3

2. boyfriend - lam3 peng1 iu4

3. girfriend - lu1 peng1 iu4

4. suitor - tooi4 siong3

5. fall in love - tam3 luan3 ai3

6. find a suitor - siong4 chin1

7. engaged - teng3 hoon1

8. wedding - keat1 hoon1

9. bride - sin3 niu1, sin3 niow1

10. bridegroom - kia1 sai3, sin3 long2

11. register (marriage) - chu1 cheh3, teng3 ki3

12. wedding ceremony - hoon3 lay4

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