Wednesday, November 18, 2015

If You Want To Learn Or Understand Some Useful Hokkien Phrases You Have To Do Some Serious Eating!

If you want to learn or understand some useful Hokkien phrases, the kids in the video below have them.

Though someone has said in a comment to the video that Hokkien people do greet each other with 'how are you?' (lu ho boh?), it must be remembered that that greeting is often used with friends we have not met for some time or with someone who we don't really think is fine.

But, you surely don't want to tell anyone to his face that he eats soft rice (jia nerng perng) because you will really be accusing him of living off someone's (immoral) earnings

And you yourself must not eat snake (jia zhua) because that could get you fired as what you will be doing is play truant or steal time from work when you really shouldn't.

At least don't make it a habit of eating snake!

It is all right if you have to eat yourself (jia kia kee) because you won't be engaging in autosarcophagy (self-cannibalism) - you will only have to rely on yourself without any help from others.

It is also all right if you want to eat table (jia toh) because that really is attending a wedding dinner.

I think it is not just the Hokkein but Chinese people, generally, who love eating - what else will they not eat, including eating snakes and tables?

Haha...now I need to go eat wind (jia hong) - go on a holiday!

Too much unhealthy eating is making me 'siow liao'  - bonkers already!

Lu jia pah buay?

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