Penang Hokkiens, this language is commonly spoken and loved by many as you can see when you visit us, don’t be surprised when you hear Indians speaking Hokien or Chinese speaking Tamil, or Malays speaking in fluent Hokkien to their Chinese friends.
It won’t be surprising at all too, if you see the 3 races speaking Penang Hokkiens together. Most locals could speak a minimum of 3 to 4 languages or dialects. They don't go to learn the Hokkien language in center. But if you do want to learn, there is private tuition given. Penang Hokkiens is easy, just pick up when they talk.
Bahasa Malaysia is the national language. English, our second language is widely used in business, education and the tourism industry. As Penang was (and still is) a meeting point of many cultures, other languages and dialects are also spoken and understood here. Penang Hokkiens is widely spoken.
These include the various Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese, Hakka, Hokkien, Taochiew) and Indian (Bengali, Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam, Punjabi and Telegu) dialects, as well as several dashes of Thai, Myammar, Nepalese and some European languages.
You may want to impress our people with a few phrases of Malay, Mandarin or Hokkien now and then. It might be useful to learn a few Chinese phrases too.Please have fun learning to speak like us. Refer table. Listed below are our local languages or dialects: Mandarin, Hokkien, Bahasa Melayu.
English Spoken Malay Hokkien Mandarin
Good morning Se la mat pa gi Gau Cha Zao An
Good afternoon Se la mat ten gah ha ri n/a Wu an
Good evening Se la mat pe tang n/a Wu an
Good night Se la mat ma lam n/a Wan an
Goodbye Se la mat ja lan Ban Ban Kiea Zai jian
Thank You Te ri ma Ka sih Kam Sia Xie Xie
Hello Hai or Ello Lu Hoe Bor Ni Hao
No Tee dak Mm Ci Bu shi
Yes Ya Ci Shi
My name is Na ma sa ya Gua Mia Ci Wo ming jiao
How are you? A pa kha bar? Lu Hoe Bor? Ni hao ma?
I am fine Kha bar baik Gua Hoe Hen hao
How much? Be ra pa har ga? Kui Looi Duo sao qian?
What is this? A pa ini? Har Me Lai? Ze shi shen me?
Me Sa ya Gua Wo
You A wak Lu Ni
He/she Di a Ee Ta
We Ka mi Gua lang Wo men
They Mereka Ee Lang Ta men
Where Di mana Ta Lok Zai nali
I don't understand Saya tidak faham Gua bor beng pek Wo bu ming bai
Excuse me Minta Maaf n/a n/a
Do you speak English? Tau ka kamu cakap Bahasa Inggeris? Eh heow kong Ang Moo Wah bor? n/a
Help Tolong Kiew mia n/a
Please bring the menu To long ba wa sa ya men nu Gia har gua men nu n/a
Please bring me the bill To long ba wa sa ya bil Gia bill lai n/a
For serious learners or if you like our Hokkien rhymes and Ditties, here are one food for thought:
Nyonya Hokkien Sayings
Mm chai, ai chai, bo phai say mooi, toe chai
Mm chai, ai chai, bo ai mooi, kooi si lang gong tai
Not to know and to ask is but a moment's shame
Not to know and not to ask is a life time of fools mind
A teaser and advise to people
Ask if you need information, or forever be doom.
One we tease our Grandparents: ::))
Urm mong mong
Niau choo kong
Ah Mah choey Ah Kong
Ah Kong pek khi chang
Ah Mah choey bo lang
Big Rat King
Grandma searches for Grandpa
Grandpa climbs up a tree
Grandma cant find anyone
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