Hokkien - 10 Problems You May Face


Hokkien is spoken by about 35 million people worldwide. However in many places, Hokkien is set to become extinct in the next generation. Even in China, young Hokkiens speak Mandarin rather than Hokkien. 

A recent TV reality cooking competition in South-East Asia, a group of young men in a predominantly Hokkien region spoke everything in Mandarin - not a single word in Hokkien.  However, Cantonese men use Cantonese to express themselves - comfortably and naturally. I admire the Cantonese. They value and are proud of  their mother tongue and so are their forebears. 

However, a number of Hokkiens look down,  ashamed to use their mother tongue - being unable to express themselves properly. That shows the extend of neglect or apathy by them and their forebears especially the immediate ones. 

Mandarin is the lingua franca for Chinese people when interdialectic communication becomes a problem. But we must use Hokkien our mother tongue with the 35 million and preserve it. If you don't value what you have, no one is going to respect and appreciate what you have. Can you do something and will you?



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Are You Doubtful? Hokkien Words To Express Lack Of Confidence.
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Marvellous Hokkien - Double Rhyme Combo Words (2 Plus 2 Rhyme)
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Speak Hokkien Series 1031

1. face with trouble - tng3 tioh3 mah3 huan2

2. burdensome - thuah3 sai1 lien2

3. repent - huey3 tao2

4. denial - hor1 jin3

5. argue, debate - cheng3 lun3

6. very critical - hooi3 siong2 giam3 tiong3

7. disturbed conscience - liong3 sim1 put1 ann1
 

8. very critical - hooi3 siong2 giam3 tiong3


9. disturbed conscience - liong3 sim1 put1 ann1


10.  misunderstand - gor3 kai4

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Hokkien - 10 Rhymes That Enrich



What a rare use of Hokkien on billboard but a very good start!
It reads: " LAI CHIAK. Come and CHIAK as much as you can. MIEN PAI SAY.
Can anyone tell where this shot was taken?
When can we see another ad like this again...?

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Enrich Your Life Speaking Proper Hokkien
Hokkien - Words That We Use Daily
Are You Doubtful? Hokkien Words To Express Lack Of Confidence.

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Speak Hokkien Series 1030

1. movements - it1 kee3 it1 tong3

2. fly wildly - luan3 luan3 puey1

3. already grownups - tua3 lang1 tua3 cheng4

4. pretend - keh1 khang1 keh1 sng4

5. thank heavens - siah3 thi1 siah3 tay3

6. unknown - put1 beng2 put1 paik3

7. big and small - tua3 tua3 suey4 suey3

8. periodic - chit1 chun3 chit1 chun3

9. lukewarm - boh3 leng4 boh3 juah1 

10.Very clearly -beng1 beng2 paik1 paik2

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Hokkien - 7 Wise Sayings

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by aokh1979 » Mon Mar 29, 2010 2:52 am

To me, Taiwanese are more easily understood than Xiamenese. I live in Xiamen for 7 years now, I visit Quanzhou and Zhangzhou, too. Sad to say, Xiamenese may be the "standard" for Minnan in China, but Xiamenese may also be the 1st Minnan variant to extinct if younger parents give up Xiamenese and speak to their children in Mandarin. I have seen so many of these people. Both husband and wife are local Xiamense grew up in Old Town area (where Xiamenese was most widely spoken), but speak to their children completely in Mandarin without any single word in Minnan. I observe my colleagues everyday, none of them can hold a comversation entirely in Xiamenese, at least 30% will be spoken in Mandarin very naturally. People say Xiamenese may die away in 20 years. With the growing speed like this today, I foresee it's going to be 10 years.


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Speak Hokkien Series 1029

Please ponder over the following sayings:

1. Heavens know what we do - lang2 tay1 choh3 thi1 tay1 khuah3

2. The thief pretends to be good - Choh4 chat1 huah4 liah3 chat1

3. Know the face but not know the heart - Ti3 lang2 ti3 bin3 put1 ti3 sim

4. Fear the devil because of walking in darkness - Um4 lor3 nah3 kia1 chay3 eh3 too1 tioh3 kooi4

5. Beat the grass, scare the snake - phah4 chao4 kia3 chuah2

6. Say one thing, do one thing - kong4 chit1 thoh3, choh4 chit1 thoh3

7. Not do bad, not afraid of devil - seng1 tiong1 boh3 siah3, put1 phah4 kooi4

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Hokkien - 10 Praiseworthy Expressions








Hokkien is the surviving language of the Tang Dynasty (618-907AD), China 's Golden Age of Culture. Note: The Hokkien we hear today have "evolved" from its original form 2,000 years ago, but it still retains the main elements of the Tang Dynasty Language.
 Hokkiens are the surviving descendants of the Tang Dynasty -- When the Tang Dynasty collapsed, the people of the Tang Dynasty fled South and sought refuge in the Hokkien ( Fujian ) province. Hence, Hokkien called themselves Tng-lang (Tang Ren or People of the Tang Dynasty) instead of Hua Lang (Hua Ren).
 

The collection of the famous "Three Hundred Tang Dynasty Poems" sound better when recited in Hokkien/Teochew if compared to Mandarin.

Consider this for a moment: Today, the Hokkien Nam Yim ochestral performance still has its roots in ancient Tang dynasty music. Here's the proof: The formation of today Nam Yim ensemble is typically seen in ancient Tang dynasty paintings of musicians.


Although not genetically-related, Hokkiens, Koreans and Japanese share many similar words (which are different from Mandarin).

That's because Hokkien was the official language of the powerful Tang Dynasty whose influence and language spread to Japan and Korea (just like Latin – where many words were borrowed by the English, French, Italian, etc).




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Spiritual Words And Expressions
Pealing Our Emotions And Characteristics

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Speak Hokkien Series 1028

1. honorable - khoh3 siong4


2. exercise good judgement - chiah1 oo3 gan1 kong1


3. human goodness and innocence - lin3 seng1 eh3 sien3 liong2


4. open mind - khai3 thong1, khai3 beng2


5. wholeheartedly  - it1 seng1 it1 ee1


6. full attention - chiong3 moa4 sim4 sin2


7. recover from failure - tong3 san1 chai4 ki4


8. not disappoint your hope - bay3 kor3 hu3 li4 eh3 ki3 tai3


9. dependent for life - chit1 si4 lang2 eh3 oah1 khoh3


10. protect, defend - ooi3 hor3


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Hokkien - 7 Expressions To Determine A Match




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RunLao378, on 24 January 2010 - 11:29 PM, said:
I am a Filipino-born Chinese. Both my parents are mixed; they are both Kapampangan Chinese. My last name is Chinese, and many of my ancestors' last names are Chinese. Though both my parents are mixed, they can fluently speak Hokkien, and so can many of my grandparents and other relatives. We are Catholics/Christians, though we still practise Buddhism and Daoism and frequently visit temples. Culturally, I believe that we are Chinese, for we still celebrate things such as the Lunar New Year and practise Chinese customs. We also practise Kapampangan customs and traditions, and can speak Kapampangan. I moved to the United States in 2000, and I am currently living in the Deep South. I have also resided in Los Angeles. I can speak three languages fluently: Kapampangan (which I would consider my first language, as I was born in Pampanga), English, and Spanish. I also know some Kreyol French. However, I am disappointed that my parents did not teach me Hokkien. Any tips so that I can learn it?

RunLao378, you can come here. Chinahistoryforum.com is unaware when they say there is no English website that teaches Hokkien. This website (Speak Hokkien Well) is about the first no-nonsense website to do so.

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Speak Hokkien Series 1027

1. Scary, frightening (sight, appearance) - lang khuah, lang hoon toh;
                                                             kooi khuah kooi phuah toh.

2. There must be an underlying reason - ki3 tiong1 iu3 ian3 kor3

3. Suitable pairing, a match - mng3 tong1 hor3 tui3

4. A relationship that can never be cut off -
    khuan3 huey3 eng1 oan4 chiat1 bay3 tui3

5. Not possible to end this relationship -
    boh3 khoh1 lien2 ann1 neh1 tioh3 keat1 sok3

6. Understand a woman's limitation -
    chai3 iah4 cha1 bor1 lang2 eh3 khin1 tang3

7. Openly, officially - kong1 beng2 cheng4 tai3.

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