~wile away seniors!~ image copyright Kris Lee 2012

~wile away seniors!~
image copyright Kris Lee 2012

The author/owner has compiled for record, a collection of Penang Hokkien proverbs and sayings to capture the essence and spirit of his hoi polloi, a community originating from the southern province of Fujian, China where individuals climbed aboard bum boats, crossing the South China Sea to settle in faraway lands as a way out from hardship carrying along with them in their journey, nothing except their trademark ponytails, a biscuit tin of effects and their beliefs, very much rooted in Confucianism. These proverbs and sayings has always been a guide and lesson to the many who has never been to school so as to help them steer well in the river of  life.

Ah Ba Ko, An Nya Chi

Ah Kong Bo Looi Ah Kong Oo Looi

Ah Phien

Ai Hiam Bay Phnai

Ang Ku


Bak Chiu Kim Kim

Bay Hiau Hnua Choon

Bin Ow Ow

Bo Looi Bor Oo Looi Bor

Bo Pneh Bo Thnia Swnooi Ho Mia


Char Bor Bo Ch’eng

Chiak Ka Lau Oak Ka Lau

Chiak Ka Por Lau Lai Cho Chor

Chiak Lau

Chiak Peh Hoon, Miar Bay Oon

Chit Char Peh Char

Chit Lang Chit Chooi

Chit Nor Snar Si Gor

Chit Sim Nor Ee

Chneh Gu Mm Bat Hor

Cho Ho Sim

Cho Lang Cho Ka Ho

Choon Kuay Chooi Bo Hoon

Ch’wee Titi Khooi

Chye Uak Oo Hau


Gau Seng

Gong Gong Bo Suay Ong


Hai Tay Bong Chiam

Hneow Lor Chay

Ho Hnia Ti

Ho Keng Mm Keng

Ho Kow Eh Jin Choo Lang

Ho Knia Ch’i Bay Uak

Ho Lang Bo Eng Cho

Huan Peng Cha Bor

Huay Sniau Si Bor

Hum Ban Eh Cha Bor


Jit Si Bay Liam Lang


Kaik Khi Chiak Kar Ki

Keh Huay Poon Bo Pneh

Keong Hee Huat Chye

Khiap Si Lang

Kh’nua Lang Chiak Bak

Khok Hiak Char Bor

Khui Ch’wee Luan Chu Kap

Kim Tang Tang Keh Bo Ang

Kin Chiong Khi Tua Korng

Knia Kiam Kor, Kniar Phnai Lor

Knia Oo Hau, Knia Kut Lat

Kong Uwa Bo Li Eu

Kong Uwa Luan Chu Pian

Kow Jin Tua Chu Lang


Lang Gau Thni Cho Tui Thau

Lang Khoe Lang Tua

Lang Kiam, Lang Kow Kwai

Lang Oo Looi, Lang Bo Looi

Lang Ow Barn

Lang Swee Chiak Bin Chwee

Lang Swee Swee

Lang Tua Lang Say

La Sarm Chiak La Sarm Pui

Lau Peh Mor Peng

Leng Kow Leng

Lim Chiu Lim Tar Tar

Lim Chiu Sian

Looi Swee Long Chong Ay

Long Ee Long Toak

Lu Khnua Wa, Wa Khnua Lu


Niau Jin Ch’u


Oo Bor Siew Bor Khor

Oo Lang Khnua Lui Aneh Tang

Oo Lay Ho Mnia Knia

Oo Looi Ay Ang, Bo Looi Ay Bor

Oo Mia Men Knia Thnia

Or Ar

Oui Lor Chay E’ni E’ni


Pa Sarng Kuat Kuat

Pang Sim Mian Huan Lo

Pattern Chay Kuay Badminton

Peh Hoon Sien

Ph’nua Pneh

Poot Hau Ay Sim Poo

Puak Kiau Keh Huay Liau

Puak Kiu


Saigu Bong Guek

Sampat Ee Sampat Thong

Si Chap Kau Pang Lai Hau

Sim Ho Lang O Lo

Sin Jarm Barn Ho Pang Sai

Siow Lian Kay

Soo Kiau Soo Ka Lau Khaw

Suka Ka Kuay Thow Jip Sim


Teik Gar Ki

Thau Thi Ka K’nui K’nui

Thau Tua Thau Hong

Thow Thow Kawan

Tiau Hwa

Tim Kum

Tiok Pnia Ka Eh Ho Mia

Titi Poon Titi Choon

Tua Bak Sin Neow

Tua Chiak Tua Parng

Tua Chneh

Tua Liong Tua Hock

Tua Snia Bo Choon


(This compilation is constantly updated. Author wishes to thank all who have generously contributed to this ever growing list.)




2 responses to “Hokkien PROVERBS & SAYINGS

  1. this site is really good and reminds me of my parents. would it be possible to audible recordings of words/ phrases and proverbs as well

    • maybe when i am older and have the time. as it is, I am cataloging as many as I can whenever I stumble upon a new one. if you have others, feel free to contribute. i am not making a single cent out of this just so that other hokkiens around the world could have access and appreciate their past. tq for your comment gfoong.

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