One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1mass noun A dialect of southern Min Chinese that is also spoken in Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, and the Philippines.
- ‘The commercial created a stir at radio stations and newspapers, with several reporters asking if the new advertisement means that Hokkien is to be the dominant language of the military.’
- ‘In addition to his native Hokkien and Mandarin, he is fluent in English, Japanese, Spanish, Russian and German.’
- ‘Anything rude or negative that we had to say, we expressed in Hokkien.’
- ‘Tai, however, said that he had always spoken in Hokkien - his mother tongue - at the legislature, and that Kwan should respect his choice.’
- ‘Having resided in Japan for more than 60 years, he speaks fluent Japanese as well as some Hokkien and Mandarin.’
- ‘So, he continued spouting Hokkien (which I don't understand) for another 10 minutes, and then he suddenly stopped.’
- ‘Fluent in both Mandarin and Hokkien, she has been able to interview more extensively than many other foreign scholars.’
- ‘Finally, roughly 35 percent of the people questioned favored the their proposal to designate Hokkien as a national language alongside Mandarin.’
- ‘And funnily enough, most of the swearing was in Hokkien rather than Mandarin Chinese.’
- ‘In Hokkien, it would be easier and more natural sounding to employ the Tongyong system.’
- ‘It takes specific words from different dialects - mostly Hokkien and Cantonese - and mixes them with English, using its own grammar and accent.’
- ‘Although these passages were written in Chinese characters, they make sense only to speakers of Hokkien.’
- ‘And when I said ‘Singapore’, he said to me in Hokkien, ‘Li Ho Boh?’’
- ‘The second largest language group is Taiwanese, or Hokkien, spoken by Hakka and Fujian natives, and based on the Minnan dialect of southern Fujian.’
- ‘Speaking in Hokkien, he also presented 10 labor policies, including tightening foreign labor imports and making the privatization process more transparent.’
- ‘A child who speaks Hokkien at home may be schooled in Mandarin Chinese at school.’
- ‘Singlish is influenced mostly by Hokkien Chinese, and if you don't know Hokkien, you may not understand Singlish that well.’
- ‘Lin touted Malaysia as an ideal place for Taiwanese investors because that Malaysian workers can speak fluent English and various Chinese dialects such as Hokkien.’
- ‘A number of Chinese dialects are also widely spoken including Cantonese, Hokkien, and Mandarin together with Punjabi and Tamil.’
- ‘At the moment, we ought to build confidence and carry out swift reforms to bring about successes for Taiwan,’ Lee said in Hokkien.’
2A member of a people traditionally inhabiting south-eastern China.
- ‘All I know when I grew up was that Mum was Hokkien, and spoke English.’
- ‘He said the coalition avoided talking about the conflict between the Mainlanders and the Hokkien and promoted a concept of ethnic equality without real content.’
- ‘Moreover, Hualien's four major ethnic groups - Hokkien, Hakka, Aboriginals and mainland Chinese - do not reflect the true population distribution elsewhere Taiwan.’
- ‘Seventy percent of the population is Hokkien, 14 percent is Hakka, 14 percent is Mainlander, and two percent is aboriginal.’
- ‘Similarly, you will often find Malaysians and Singaporeans using English words as if they were actually Hokkien or Cantonese (or Malay, or Tamil and so on).’
Relating to the Hokkien or their dialect.
- ‘On the promotion exam for customs officials and the admittance exams for police this year, there were questions on the reading-comprehension portion written in the Hokkien language.’
- ‘The word sai is the Hokkien dialect's word for ‘Lion’.’
- ‘The education ministry seeks to recruit approximately 1,000 more teachers to fill vacancies in Hokkien teaching spots and another 500 Hakka teachers.’
- ‘Between us we ordered a braised beef in oyster sauce (clay pot), a Hong Kong steamed prawn and soya sauce, deep fried snow fish Hong Kong style, a Hokkien style fried rice and an iceberg lettuce with oyster sauce.’
- ‘My mother broke the news to me in our Hokkien Chinese dialect.’
- ‘A small minority are of Shanghainese, Hokkien (southern Fujian), and Boat People descent.’
- ‘Written with a mix of phonetic Hokkien dialect and English, Shiga creates a fascinating and little-seen world.’
- ‘Their reasoning was also simple: the Hanyu system does not facilitate the promotion of Taiwanese Hokkien education.’
- ‘‘I feel that the conflict between the Mainlanders and the Hokkien people is calming down, and polls tell us the same thing,’ Tuan said.’
- ‘He shouted at the elders after they said they could not understand what he was saying because he was using the Hokkien dialect.’
- ‘‘However, most of the Hokkien writing publications we came across on the market nowadays use various incorrect and inconsistent styles,’ Chu said.’
- ‘In a bid to preserve the Hokkien language, educators yesterday urged the Ministry of Education to tightly regulate Hokkien textbooks for elementary and junior high schools.’
- ‘Goa-seng-lang pronounced in Hokkien means ‘people from outside the province.’’
- ‘Despite the vulgarity and unavoidable use of the Hokkien vernacular, he is actually compellingly funny.’
Hokkien hok kian.
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