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Penang Ah Beng vs Klang Ah Beng

June 25, 2005 by Galvin Tan in Daily Rants with 56 Comments


It is known that the chinese hokkien community in Malaysia are segregated into northen and southern hokkien. Being a Klang hokkien lang, I’ve always got into trouble trying to speak to my Penang hokkien friends. Just like ‘kai thung ngap kong’… chicken and duck talk, I’ve spent much time trying to understand their hokkien. Eventually, I managed to narrow down the gap of our mother tongue though once in a while I still do get teased by them.

Not being able to speak Penang hokkien properly, I’ve always been accused and laughed off for speaking broken hokkien. With the help of my good friend KY, here’s my desperate attempt to show everyone how different is Penang and Klang hokkien.
Here’s a list of normal everyday conversation and let the showdown begins…




KY representing Penang and Galvin for Klang.

Let’s go eat rice.
KY : kia khi ciak pui
Galvin : kai ki chiak p’ng

I wanna eat chicken rice.
KY : wa ai ciak keh pui
Galvin : wa ai chiak kuay p’ng

Where you wanna go?
KY : lu ai khi koh lok
Galvin : lu ai khi toh chi peng?

Anywhere it ok.
KY : koh lok pun biau kin
Galvin : Toh chi peng pun eh sai

Wanna eat shit or not?
KY : ai ciak sai boh?
Galvin : ai chiak sai bo?

Crazy ah? Don’t make whack you.
KY : siao ah, mang cho wa phak lu
Galvin : sioa ah, mai cho wa pha lu

Motherfucker, stare cock ar?
KY : cibai, seong hamik?
Galvin : Niameh, kua lanjiao ah?

Fucker, wanna fight ah?
KY : lanciao, ai sioh phak ah?
Galvin : Kanneh, ai sioh pak si bo?

Come la, scared you ar?
KY : lai la, kia lu meh?
Galvin : lai la, kia lu meh?

Wah, damn no manners.
KY : wah, boh leh sor
Galvin : wah, bo tua bo suay

Who no manners? Your mother no manners la.
KY : hamik boh leh sor? lu eh mak la boh leh sor
Galvin : hamik bo tua bo suay? Nin lau bu bo tua bo suay

Eh don’t insult my mother ok.
KY : mang kong wa eh mak ok
Galvin : oi, mm thang kong wa eh lau bu ho bo

Later I let you eat my fist.
KY : tan ci ek wa hoh lu ciak kun tao boh
Galvin : chia lu chiak kun tao bo

Come la, you think I really scared ar?
KY : lai lah, lu siang kong wa kia ah?
Galvin : lai la, lu siong wa chin chia kia ah?

Scared you got balls ar?
KY : kia lu uh hud ah?
Galvin : kia lu uh lam pa ah?

Fuck you, you goddamn mother fucker!
KY : cibai, lanciao!
Galvin : Kanninnahbuehchaocibaibolanjiaobolampa!!!

So, which hokkien do you prefer? Eh…dun pway pway ah! Tan ji eh wa hud lu!



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53 comments
Jeff
Jeff

haha... as a northern hokkien-er, i can totally relate to you guys as my sis in law is a hokkien from johor who speaks like u galvin. sometimes we liak bo kiu(catch no ball) so in the end we either converse in English or Bahasa Malaysia lo! si peh ho liau hah brader!

cibainang
cibainang

emae cibai e bin naka lanciau ane ai vs hamik lan khi si ho liao la kuat lan aja la lulang kaliao cibai binnnnn khi ho lang phu lancaooooo

cibainang
cibainang

emae cibai e bin naka lanciau ane ai vs hamik lan khi si ho liao la kuat lan aja la lulang kaliao cibai binnnnn khi ho lang phu lancaooooo

暗生番
暗生番

wa, citle brog kai ho!

Hit e Kelantan Hokkien sit-cai bo siang, pau gua thia bo :)

(Tai oan lang)

暗生番
暗生番

wa, citle brog kai ho!

Hit e Kelantan Hokkien sit-cai bo siang, pau gua thia bo :)

(Tai oan lang)

Penang Hokkien Knia
Penang Hokkien Knia

Ya lor. But The difficult part is sometimes there are bound to be some misundertanding over certain words used which unfortunately might sound similar but actually is different.

Cheers.

Penang Hokkien Knia
Penang Hokkien Knia

Ya lor. But The difficult part is sometimes there are bound to be some misundertanding over certain words used which unfortunately might sound similar but actually is different.

Cheers.

Penang Hokkien Knia
Penang Hokkien Knia

Hey interesting brog.

Yes, northerners and southerners usually end up misunderstooded and kuarelling.

classic case: Kui mng (shut the door) and khui mu (open the door.

Sarawak hokkien is somewhat similar to Klang and Penang Hokkien though the khniau is a bit different.

I hv some kelantan hokkien fren too. And I found out why most of them are reluctant to speak Hokkien with me.

"It's raining non stop" in Kelantan hokkien: Hor lok boh theng theng. (Hujan turun tak berhenti-henti).

English Penang Klang Kelantan

Don't know Mm Chai Buay Chai Bo Chai

Not/No Mm Sii Buay Sii Bo Sii

Red shirt Ang Sa Ang Sa Sa Ang

Penang Hokkien Knia
Penang Hokkien Knia

Hey interesting brog.

Yes, northerners and southerners usually end up misunderstooded and kuarelling.

classic case: Kui mng (shut the door) and khui mu (open the door.

Sarawak hokkien is somewhat similar to Klang and Penang Hokkien though the khniau is a bit different.

I hv some kelantan hokkien fren too. And I found out why most of them are reluctant to speak Hokkien with me.

"It's raining non stop" in Kelantan hokkien: Hor lok boh theng theng. (Hujan turun tak berhenti-henti).

English Penang Klang Kelantan

Don't know Mm Chai Buay Chai Bo Chai

Not/No Mm Sii Buay Sii Bo Sii

Red shirt Ang Sa Ang Sa Sa Ang

John
John

Wah lau eh, this type hokkien is not pure hokkien lah. Is lot diff from pure hokkien and teow chew nang.

John
John

Wah lau eh, this type hokkien is not pure hokkien lah. Is lot diff from pure hokkien and teow chew nang.

Galvin
Galvin

Good to see another pa sang lang! Hahaha..

Galvin
Galvin

Good to see another pa sang lang! Hahaha..

AngEh
AngEh

I'm from Pa Sang too =)

AngEh
AngEh

I'm from Pa Sang too =)

chris
chris

Wah Lau! Lu eh brog zhin ho chio ah..Mai sng sng

chris
chris

Wah Lau! Lu eh brog zhin ho chio ah..Mai sng sng

John Ong
John Ong

Oh, I just LOVE this post.

I have a show called Penang Hokkien at http://penanghokkien.com

And one of our topics coming up is all about curse words/ bad words/ chao ua/ chao ue/...

Good job on this post. Love it.

John Ong
John Ong

Oh, I just LOVE this post.

I have a show called Penang Hokkien at http://penanghokkien.com

And one of our topics coming up is all about curse words/ bad words/ chao ua/ chao ue/...

Good job on this post. Love it.

Alex
Alex

No need cibai, lanciao kanninnahbuehchaocibaibolanjiaobolampa, use foochow swear word: Sa ni neh li!!!sounds nice :)

Alex
Alex

No need cibai, lanciao kanninnahbuehchaocibaibolanjiaobolampa, use foochow swear word: Sa ni neh li!!!sounds nice :)

galvin
galvin

Megalomaniac: Yes, I do know KY.

Anisah: Interesting analysis of the dialect. But at the of the day, it doesnt matter what dialect we speak. We are all the same :) We called soap sabun too.

galvin
galvin

Megalomaniac: Yes, I do know KY.

Anisah: Interesting analysis of the dialect. But at the of the day, it doesnt matter what dialect we speak. We are all the same :) We called soap sabun too.

Anisah
Anisah

Klang Ah Beng,

After reading your interesting dialogue with Penang KY, and contrary to barffie, I find that Kang and Singapore Hokkien are closer to Teochew. All I can say about Penang Hokkien is it evolved from the original Hokkien (as in the ones spoken in Fuchien, China). I once heard Hokkien from Fuchien and Hokkien from Singapore spoken together, and they were not much difference. I understood your Klang Hokkien, I admit KY's choice of vocabulary is more typical of Penang Hokkien. If I, a Penang Hokkien speaker were to use your vocabulary, I would have pronounced it slightly different. Examples? I would have said, 'Wah, bo tua bo say.' and 'lao bo' instead of your 'lau bu' for mother.

Penang Hokkien has more Malay influence too. Examples:

Bring the chair.

Penang: Gia bangku.

non-Penang: Gia kau ee.

Toilet.

Penang: Jamban.

non-Penang: you could help me.

My brother once said it is pang sai keng. Is it true?

Soap.

Penang: Sabun.

Fuchien, China: Se bun.

'Se' as in wash.

Klang Hokkien: you could help me here too.

Anisah
Anisah

Klang Ah Beng,

After reading your interesting dialogue with Penang KY, and contrary to barffie, I find that Kang and Singapore Hokkien are closer to Teochew. All I can say about Penang Hokkien is it evolved from the original Hokkien (as in the ones spoken in Fuchien, China). I once heard Hokkien from Fuchien and Hokkien from Singapore spoken together, and they were not much difference. I understood your Klang Hokkien, I admit KY's choice of vocabulary is more typical of Penang Hokkien. If I, a Penang Hokkien speaker were to use your vocabulary, I would have pronounced it slightly different. Examples? I would have said, 'Wah, bo tua bo say.' and 'lao bo' instead of your 'lau bu' for mother.

Penang Hokkien has more Malay influence too. Examples:

Bring the chair.

Penang: Gia bangku.

non-Penang: Gia kau ee.

Toilet.

Penang: Jamban.

non-Penang: you could help me.

My brother once said it is pang sai keng. Is it true?

Soap.

Penang: Sabun.

Fuchien, China: Se bun.

'Se' as in wash.

Klang Hokkien: you could help me here too.

myhorng
myhorng

u guys should listen to kelatan hokkien instead...

English : tackle some chic.

Penang : kau cha boa

Klang : (Galvin to express)

Kelantan : Chock cha boa.

should i call it eastern hokkien.

myhorng
myhorng

u guys should listen to kelatan hokkien instead...

English : tackle some chic.

Penang : kau cha boa

Klang : (Galvin to express)

Kelantan : Chock cha boa.

should i call it eastern hokkien.

Megalomaniac
Megalomaniac

that was fuckin' hilarious! makes me wanna learn how to speak this beautiful dialect. but i'm hakka. it's tough as hell. btw, i found you thru . do you know the owner of that blog?

Megalomaniac
Megalomaniac

that was fuckin' hilarious! makes me wanna learn how to speak this beautiful dialect. but i'm hakka. it's tough as hell. btw, i found you thru . do you know the owner of that blog?

earl-ku
earl-ku

hahaha cool

hud wa lan jiao ar?

kakaka KY's version is unheard of ... prefer yours man!

earl-ku
earl-ku

hahaha cool

hud wa lan jiao ar?

kakaka KY's version is unheard of ... prefer yours man!

Liz
Liz

Aiyoh! Siao sampai bo loh! :P So hilarious liao! Reading the Klang part make me realise how different it is from my Hokkia ua.

Liz
Liz

Aiyoh! Siao sampai bo loh! :P So hilarious liao! Reading the Klang part make me realise how different it is from my Hokkia ua.

lynn
lynn

hey... "balls" is NOT lam pah la... is lam pah chi la.... apalalu Galvin... =.='''

lynn
lynn

hey... "balls" is NOT lam pah la... is lam pah chi la.... apalalu Galvin... =.='''

god
god

hehehhehehehe........stupid penang hokkien,

u forgotten who is ju joi and to klang is tiang

god
god

hehehhehehehe........stupid penang hokkien,

u forgotten who is ju joi and to klang is tiang

galvin
galvin

farking : good...hokkien is cool!

sin chew lang : sin chew lang...hokkien lang...all ka ki lang ;)

barffie : yeah, Klang hokkien are very similar to Johore and even Singapore hokkien.

galvin
galvin

farking : good...hokkien is cool!

sin chew lang : sin chew lang...hokkien lang...all ka ki lang ;)

barffie : yeah, Klang hokkien are very similar to Johore and even Singapore hokkien.

barffie
barffie

Hahaha this is funny!

Singaporean Hokkien is quite similar to Klang Hokkien, it seems that Penang Hokkien has got alot of Teochew influence. Lu liao kai bo?

barffie
barffie

Hahaha this is funny!

Singaporean Hokkien is quite similar to Klang Hokkien, it seems that Penang Hokkien has got alot of Teochew influence. Lu liao kai bo?

sin chew lang
sin chew lang

Sin Chew eh hokkien ka siong klang eh hokkien leh.

sin chew lang
sin chew lang

Sin Chew eh hokkien ka siong klang eh hokkien leh.

KY
KY

just to show klang chow ahbeng is worse.

KY
KY

just to show klang chow ahbeng is worse.

farking
farking

wah now i can speak hokkien oledi..dun pway pway ar... ;p

Galvin
Galvin

Penang hokkien, klang hokkien... as long as we understand each other, we're all kaki lang!!

Hoh seh bo??? LOL

Galvin
Galvin

Penang hokkien, klang hokkien... as long as we understand each other, we're all kaki lang!!

Hoh seh bo??? LOL

Galvin
Galvin

Wow Anisah, I just realised that you're a malay and you're pretty fluent in hokkien!

Haha, I think it's really cool to know more languages especially when we are staying in a multi-racial and cultural country.

Thanks pointing out the difference in my hokkien dialect. It's kinda hard to tell who is right and who is wrong now as my hokkien now is all mixed up. No matter who's wrong or right, as long as we understand each other, peace and harmony will prevail.

Thanks for visiting my blog ;)

Galvin
Galvin

Wow Anisah, I just realised that you're a malay and you're pretty fluent in hokkien!

Haha, I think it's really cool to know more languages especially when we are staying in a multi-racial and cultural country.

Thanks pointing out the difference in my hokkien dialect. It's kinda hard to tell who is right and who is wrong now as my hokkien now is all mixed up. No matter who's wrong or right, as long as we understand each other, peace and harmony will prevail.

Thanks for visiting my blog ;)

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    decoding galvin | ji pa ban blog » Blog Archive » Penang Ah Beng vs Klang Ah Beng…

    It is known that the chinese hokkien community in Malaysia are segregated into northen and southern hokkien. Being a Klang hokkien lang, I’ve always got into trouble trying to speak to my Penang hokkien friends. Just like ‘kai thung ngap kong’……

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