Talk:Penang Hokkien

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Fabulous article. Thanks to Andrew Yong. -- Kaihsu 20:43, 2004 May 8 (UTC)

Andrew Yong has done a good job. Now I understand better about Penang Hokkien. Some minor errors:

Minbei (or north Min) should be the region in the northern Fujian Province, places like Nanping, Jian-ou, Shaowu, Pucheng, etc.. Fuzhou and areas in its vicinity are regarded as Mindong, or east Min. Each of these regions has its own Min sub-dialect, except Pucheng where the language is said to be classified under the Wu dialect group.

'bulek' is from the English word, brake, (not break), meaning stop.--Casey

I fail to see how mata (which means eye) could mean police in Hokkien.

correction[edit]

seem like u r not a penangite. u dun need to know y eye can become a policeman, juz hv to live with it.


by the way kuey teow is not a borrow word from malay. is the other way round. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 60.51.222.118 (talk) 03:11, 7 September 2010 (UTC)

mata + MATA[edit]

The word for "police" in Malay is "mata-mata", so I guess the Hokkiens shortened it. Not really proficient in Hokkien, but I guess that's how it went. Added some clarification to the article, in case anyone else got interested. Jafet