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branch of the Min Chinese language

Southern Min, Minnan , Hokkien-Taiwanese (Mainland China : 闽南方言 Bân-lâm-hong-giân : Min Nan Dialect ; Taiwan (Kuomingtang, KMT) : 臺灣閩南語 Tâi-uân-Bân-lâm-gí Min Nan Language ; Taiwan (Democratic Progressive Party, DPP and other Opposition Political Parties) : 臺語 tâi-gí Taiwanese Language), is a Chinese Min language sub-group of dialects that is mainly spoken in Southern region of Fujian province and Taiwan. It is the most well known and the largest Min Chinese subgroup and the major Min Chinese Language group of Fujian and Taiwan today, it is also spoken by the certain overseas chinese population whose ancestral families hail from Southern Fujian, particularly in Southeast Asian countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Phillipines, where they make up the largest chinese Non-Mandarin language group before Cantonese. In Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, the overseas chinese call it as Hokkien (福建話 Hok-kiàn-ōe), while in the Phillipines, the overseas chinese call it "Our People's Language" (咱儂話 Lán-lâng-ōe).

The four mutually intelligible Min Nan dialects are Quanzhou, Zhangzhou, Xiamen and Taiwanese. All the mutually intelligible Min Nan dialects spoken in Southern Fujian and Taiwan are collectively known as Hokkien-Taiwanese Quanzhang Min Nan language (闽台泉漳片闽南语). The Overseas Min Nan dialect variants spoken in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Phillipines and some other Southeast Asian countries are influenced by Malay, English, Cantonese or other local languages spoken in the Southeast Asian Countries,while Min Nan dialects spoken in Western countries are mostly Taiwanese Min Nan Language.

There are Non-Mandarin/Non-Cantonese Chinese varieties spoken in some areas in Guangdong Province that are related to Min Nan dialects. Generally, the Hokkien-Taiwanese Quanzhang (闽台泉漳片) type of Min Nan spoken in Southern Fujian and Taiwan is the mainstream form of Min Nan due to the fact that it has the largest number of speakers among all the Min Nan dialects in Mainland China, Taiwan and Southeast Asia and the influence of Taiwanese Min Nan after the post martial law peiod during the late 1980s in Taiwan today. The variants of Min Nan spoken in Guangdong and Hainan bear more differences with the mainstream Min Nan dialects compared to the smaller differences between the mainstream Min Nan dialects.

Although the variants of Min Nan have a historical linguistic relationship with Hokkien-Taiwanese Quanzhang (闽台泉漳片) type of Min Nan, they differ significantly in pronounication and use of slang which are unique to the region, so they are not easily mutually intelligible with the Hokkien-Taiwanese Quanzhang Min Nan. For example, the Teochew (Chaoshan) has low mutual intelligibility Mainstream Min Nan, while Hainanese variant of Min Nan has no mutual intelligibility with Mainstream Min Nan.

The modern standard dialect pronounications of Min Nan are Xiamen dialect accent and Taiwanese Min Nan dialect (Tainan prestige accent). The Tainan prestige accent of the Taiwanese Min Nan dialect is the dialect accent that is mostly used in Minnan television broadcasting and Minnan song production in Taiwan. The Taiwanese Min Nan dialect is influential as the Taiwanese Min Nan Television shows today and Taiwanese Min Nan songs are well known among the native Min Nan chinese speakers in Southern Fujian, Taiwan, overseas chinese in Southeast Asia and Western Countires. Although native Min Nan chinese speakers do not adopt the standard Min Nan pronounication themselves, the standard Min Nan pronounication is generally understood by most. Xiamen dialect accent is very similar to the Taiwanese Min Nan dialect (Tainan prestige accent), both are mixtures of Quanzhou and Zhangzhou Min Nan dialect accents. Both Xiamen dialect and Taiwanese Min Nan dialect (Tainan prestige accent) are highly mutually intelligible (98% phonetically similar; 90% lexically similar). The difference between the two standard Min Nan dialects is that the Xiamen dialect accent is slightly inclined towards Quanzhou dialect accent while Taiwanese Min Nan dialect (Tainan prestige accent) is slightly inclined towards Zhangzhou dialect accent. The mainland Min Nan dialects and Taiwan Min Nan dialect also differ slightly in lexicon by a small extent. Futhermore, Taiwanese Min Nan has borrowed some terminology from Japanese language, due to the legacy of the Japanese colonial rule of Taiwan during the late 18th century till the Kuomingtang takeover of Taiwan.

Min Nan can be said to be mutually unintelligible with standard Mandarin and other dialects not only due to the pronunciation differences but also because of the irregular word/character conversion i.e. a non-native Minnan speaker can only understand the dialect to a small extent even when it is presented in written form (e.g. "食甲尚好驚血壓懸,媠毋綴人走" : 《陳雷.歡喜就好》) It is also not mutually intelligible with the other branches of the Min dialect family such as Mindong, Minbei and Puxian. That said, most Minnan speakers in mainland China, as well as the younger ones in Taiwan, are usually able to speak Mandarin as well.

PronunciationEdit

Like all other Chinese languages and their dialects, Minnan uses Chinese characters but employs its own 'unique' pronunciation. However, it should be noted that similar to Japanese kanji, most characters have two or more pronunciations in Minnan, which means that many characters would be pronounced differently depending on context, even if their Mandarin pronunciation remains the same in both instances.

This is partly due to the fact that, because standard written Chinese is based on Mandarin, many words in Minnan are written with characters of the same meaning in standard written Chinese.

But while different pronounciations for character set are a minor phenomenon in Mandarin or Cantonese, colloquial and literary pronounciations are a prevalent feature in Minnan (闽南). Every word has at least two pronunciations, and some have more:

“一”: 白 [tsit8] vs. 文 [it4]

“大”: 白 [tua7] vs. 文 [tai7]

“学”: 白 [ oh8] vs. 文 [hak8]

An example with 3 readings : “石头” [chioh8 tau5],“石榴” [siah8-liu6],“药石” [iok8-sek8]. That is, “石” can be read “chioh8“, “siah8” or “sek8”.

For example, the words ài and beh both roughly mean 'want', so they are usually written with the character 要 (although they are also written with 愛 and 欲 respectively). Consequently, the pronuncation of the character 要 can change between ài, behand iàu depending on context.

The ordinary word for person, lâng, is usually written with the character 人, which also has the reading jı̂n or lîn. The character 生 is is pronounced seⁿ or siⁿ as a verb used alone, but the word 人生 is pronounced lı̂n-seng.

Also, note how the words m̄ (is not, does not) and bē/bōe (cannot) are all often written with 不, so while 不要 might be read as m̄-ài or m̄-beh, 不能/不可 can be read as bē-sái or bōe-sái.

For referring to oneself, 我 góa is used in more informal context while 阮 gún is more formal and 恁爸 lı́n-pē is very derogatory but used very commonly. (No cognates exist in Mandarin or Cantonese although phrases with the same meaning do.) Similar to Malay, there are two equivalents of the English word "we", with lan-nang including the listener in the group, and goa-nang used to exclude the listener from the group.

Pronunciation varies from region to region (e.g. 你 (you) can be either lı́ and ). This can make comprehension slightly difficult sometimes even between 'native' speakers from Quanzhou and Zhangzhou. It should also be kept in mind that most speakers of the dialect often mix Mandarin phrases into their speech due to the influence of Standard Mandarin.

TonesEdit

Like other varieties of Chinese, Minnan is tonal; tones must be correct in order to convey the correct meaning. Tone sandhi is particularly common and non-standardised in Minnan, which makes it a little harder to learn than Mandarin, where tone sandhi is standardised, and Cantonese, where tone sandhi is used sparingly.

The following table shows the values of the different tones in some places, and does not show the pronuncation of the tones or tone sandhi of many areas, but may give an idea of the approximate values.

Tones of Minnan
Number Name POJ Pitch Description After tone sandhi
1 yin level a 55 high 7
2 yin rising á 51 falling 1
3 yin departing à 31~21 low falling 2
4 yin entering ah 32 mid stopped 2 (h final), 8 (otherwise)
5 yang level â 14~24 rising 3 (Taipei), 7 (Tainan)
6 yang rising á 51 falling 1
7 yang departing ā 33 mid 3
8 yang entering a̍h 4 high stopped 3 (h final), 4 (otherwise)

ConsonantsEdit

Minnan has many different consonants, even more so than standard Mandarin or Cantonese, and pronouncing them all correctly is a challenge for English, or even Mandarin speakers. While Mandarin only distinguishes between aspirated and unaspirated (unvoiced) consonants, and English only distinguishes between voiced and unvoiced consonants meaning-wise, Minnan makes a distinction in both cases. This means that aspirated unvoiced (pʰ, tʰ, kʰ), unaspirated unvoiced (p, t, k), and unaspirated voiced (b, d, g) are all separate phonemic consonants in Minnan.

To highlight the distinction, the words for "open" (開) and "close" (關), in some pronuncations (khui and kui respectively) sound almost identical to a native English speaker, only difference being that "open" uses an aspirated initial k while "close" uses an unaspirated initial k. The j sound in English is also used along with the j sound in Mandarin hanyu pinyin. Labial initials such as the m sound are also present. However, unlike in Mandarin, there is no "tongue rolling" (pinyin zh, ch, sh, r) initial consonant.

Initial consonanats of POJ
Letter IPA English example Notes
b b ban voiced pinyin 'b'
p p span pinyin 'b'
ph pan pinyin 'p'
j dz/ʑ jam voiced pinyin 'z'
ch ts/tɕ cats pinyin 'z' or 'j'
chh tsʰ/tɕʰ - pinyin 'c' or 'q'
s s/ɕ sun pinyin 's' or 'x'
g g get voiced pinyin 'g'
k k skin pinyin 'g'
kh kin pinyin 'k'
t t Stan pinyin 'd'
th tan pinyin 't'
h h hat English 'h'
m m map English 'm'
n n net English 'n'
l l line English 'l'

Like Cantonese but unlike Mandarin, Minnan retains all the final consonants (m, n, ŋ, p, t, and k) of Middle Chinese. In POJ, the nasal consonants m, n and ng are pronounced the same as English, but the others are different.

The stop consonants p, t and k are unreleased. This means that the mouth moves into the position of making the consonant, but no burst of air is released.

Furthermore, an h at the end of a syllable in POJ represents a glottal stop (ʔ); this is the sound in the middle of the English word 'uh-oh'.

VowelsEdit

The vowels a, e, i, o, u are pronounced as they are in many languages, such as Spanish. Minnan also has the vowel [ɔ] written as (with a dot) or oo.

Vowels of POJ
Letter IPA English example Notes
a a father
e e whey
i i see
o o soap
ɔ law also written 'oo'
u u goose

Vowels in Minnan can be nasalized, and in POJ this is indicated with a superscript n 'ⁿ' after the vowel. It can also be indicated with a capital n (N) or a double n (nn). IPA notes this with a tilde (~) above the last vowel.

Common diphthongsEdit

There are many diphthongs in Minnan, and there pronunciation from the POJ spelling is generally fairly obvious. However, note that oe is "ui/uei" and oai is "uai".

Diphthongs of POJ
Letter IPA English example Notes
ai my pinyin 'ai'
au cow pinyin 'ao'
ia ɪa -
iu iu -
io ɪo -
oa ua - pinyin 'wa'
oe ui way pinyin 'wei'
iau ɪaʊ - piyin 'yao'
oai uai why pinyin 'wai'

Phrase listEdit

For some of the following phrases, there is an unconventional romanization shown in parentheses and this does not describe tones, but just tries to be phonetically accurate from an (American) English speaking standpoint. Goal is to have an English speaker's first try be fairly close, without reading a bunch of rules for phonetization nor trying to distinguish between the 7 tones in Taiwanese. Unfortunately, it is difficult to cover all tones this way, especially nasal and breath differences, and thus cannot be completely accurate.

  • Asterisks precede words that are very hard to phonetize. It would be nice to get some audio on here for these.
  • Also to note is the sound of "l" used below. Linguists call this sound a "flap": it is similar to the "tt" sound in Standard American pronunciation of "butter". It is also similar to the Japanese "r" and the Spanish "single-r" sounds.

BasicsEdit

Hello. 
你好。 lı́ hó (Li huh)
Hello (informal
How are you? 
你好無? lı́ hó bô?
How are you? 
呷飽無? chia̍h-pá-bô (jia bah bo) or 呷飽未? chia̍h-pá-bē (jia bah be) ("have you eaten?")
Not bad 
不歹 bōe-phái (buay pai)
Fine, thank you. (informal) 
好,多謝 hó,to͘-siā (Hoh, duh shiah.)
Fine, thank you. (formal)
好,感謝 hó,kám-siā. (Hoh, gahm shiah)
Thank you
多謝 to͘-siā
What is your name? 
你叫啥物名? lı́ kiò siáⁿ-mı̍h miâ?
My name is ... . 
我的名是... góa ê miâ sı̄...
Nice to meet you. 
Please... (before a request)
請... chhiáⁿ...
Please. 
拜託 Pài-thok (Bai-toh) or 好心ㄟ(hó-sim ē)
You're welcome 
免客氣 bián kheh-khı̀ ("don't be polite")
Yes. 
是 sı̄ (Note: Only some questions are answered with this. As with other varieties of Chinese, affirmation is generally done by repeating the verb in the question.)
No. 
毋是 m̄-sı̄
Excuse me. (getting attention
勞駕 lô-kà
Excuse me. (begging pardon
否勢 phái-sè (pai say)
I'm sorry. (informal) 
否勢 phái-sè (pai-say)
I'm sorry. (formal)
失禮。sit lé. (shit-leh)
Goodbye 
再見 chài-kiàn (tsai gian).
Goodbye (informal
I can't speak... [well]. 
我袂曉講... góa bōe-hiáu kóng...
I don't know how to speak English 
我[?]曉講英語 (Wah mbay hyow gong eng-yee)
Do you speak English? 
你敢會曉講英語? lı́ kám-ē-hiáu kóng eng-gı́? (Li gah-ay-hyow gong eng-yee)
Is there someone here who speaks English? 
遐敢有人會曉講英語?chia kám-ū lâng ē hiáu kóng ing-gú? (Jiah gam ou lung eh hiao gong eng gyi?)
Help! 
救人! kìu-lâng!
Look out! 
小心! sió sim!
Good morning. 
賢早。 gâu-chá.
Good evening. 
好暗暝。 hó-àm-mî (Amoy Hokkien)
Good night. 
Good night (to sleep
好睏。 hó khùn (sleep well)
I don't understand. 
我聽無。góa thiaⁿ bô.
Where's the bathroom? 
便所佇佗? Piān-só· tī toh? (Ben so dee-da)
You are beautiful 
你真媠 lı́ chin suí

ProblemsEdit

Go away 
走 cháu/chó͘ (tzow/zao)
Don't touch me! 
莫摸我 mài mo góa (mai mo1 wa) / (Mai gah-wah mbong)
I'll call the police. (Informal)
我叫警察 (Wah kah gien tsah.)
I'll call the police (Formal)
(Wah ay kah hoh gien tsah.)
Police! 
警察 kéng-chhat (gien tsah) / ma-ta (from malay)
Stop! 
擋 tòng (dohng) / 停 thêng (tng2)
I need your help. 
我需要你的幫忙 góa su-iàu lı́-ê pang-bâng (Wah soo-yow *dee-ay bahm-mahng) or 我需要你替我斗相共 óa su-iàu lı́ tek góa tau sann kang
I'm lost. 
(Wah mbo-key)
I lost my purse/wallet. 
我不見[?]我的皮包 Wah pahng-key wah-ay pay-bow
I'm sick. 
Wah pwah bee or Wah gahng koh
I've been injured. 
我著傷 (Wah dyuh shohng)
I need a doctor. 
我[?]醫生 (Wah dah-ai ee-sheng)
Can I use your phone? 
我甘可用你的電話[?] (Wah gah-ay sai yen * li-ay dyeng-way)
Don't lie to me! 
勿假! mài ké!

NumbersEdit

Numbers in Minnan are basically the same as numbers in other varieties of Chinese.

Please note the rules about when to use the two different words for 2 (nn̄g and jī). Jī is used in the ones, tens and hundreds place, whereas nn̄g is used for multiples of numbers 100 and greater, as well as before counter words. This is analogous to the use of 兩 and 二 in mandarin.

0
空 khong (kong)
一 it / chi̍t (chjit)
二 jī (li/ji/di) / 兩 nn̄g (nng)
三 saⁿ (sa)
四 sì (si)
五 gō (go)
六 la̍k (lak)
七 chhit (chit)
八 pueh / peh (bpui)
九 káu (kau)
10
十 cha̍p (tzhap)
11 
十一 cha̍p-it (tzhap-it)
12 
十二 cha̍p-jī (tzhap-li)
13 
十三 cha̍p-saⁿ (tzhap-sa)
14 
十四 cha̍p-sì (tzhap-si)
15 
十五 cha̍p-gō· (tzhap-go)
16 
十六 cha̍p-la̍k (tzhap-lak)
17 
十七 cha̍p-chhit (tzhap-chit)
18 
十八 cha̍p-peh (tzhap-peh)
19 
十九 cha̍p-káu (tzhap-kau)
20 
二十 jī-cha̍p (li-tzhap)
21 
二十一 jī-cha̍p-it (li-tzhap-it)
22 
二十二 jī-cha̍p-jī (li-tzhap-li)
100 
一百 chi̍t-pah (chit-pah)
200 
兩百 nn̄g-pah (nng-pah)
222
兩百二十二 nn̄g-pah-jī-cha̍p-jī (nng-pah-li-chap-li)
1000 
一千 chi̍t-chhien (chit-chien)
2000 
兩千 nn̄g-chhien
10,000 
一萬 chi̍t-bān
20,000 
兩萬 nn̄g-bān
100,000 
十萬 cha̍p-bān
1,000,000 
一百萬 chi̍t-pah bān
10,000,000 
一千萬 chi̍t-chhing bān
100,000,000 
一億 chi̍t-ik
1,000,000,000 
十億 cha̍p-ik
10,000,000,000 
一百億 chi̍t-pah ik
100,000,000,000 
一千億 chi̍t-chhing ik
1,000,000,000,000 
一兆 chi̍t-tiāu
number _____ (train, bus, etc.) 
_____號 hō
half 
半 pua
less 
少 síu
more 
多 tzui

Ordinal numbersEdit

Ordinal numbers in Chinese are expressed by prepending the number with '第', pronounced in Minnan.

First 
第一 tē-it (day-it)
Second 
第二 tē-jı̄ (day-ji)
Third 
第三 tē-saⁿ (day-sa)
Fourth 
第四 tē-sı̀ (day-si)
Fifth 
第五 tē-gō͘ (day-go)

And so on, for any number:

Twentieth 第二十 tē-jı̄-cha̍p (day ji-tzap)
Hundredth 
第一百 tē-chı̍t-pah (day chit-pah)
Thousandth 
第一千 tē-chı̍t-chhian (day chit-chien)

TimeEdit

what time is it? 
幾點 kúi tiám (kwee tiam)?
now 
這馬 chit-má (jeemah) / 這陣 chit-tsūn (jeetzoon)
later 
kah dahng-ay or shuh dahng
before 
ee jun
early 
早 chá (dtsah)
earlier 
較早 kah chá (kah dtsah)


morning 
下晡 / (tao dtsah)
in the morning 
早起 chá-khí (tzai kee)
tomorrow morning 
明仔載 bîn-á-tsá-khí miyah tsai kee tao dtsah
afternoon 
下晡 (ay boh)
in the afternoon 
evening 
ay ahm
In the evening 
Night 
暗 àm
In the night 
暗時 àm-sî (ahm-sheea)
Tonight 
今暗 kim-àm / 今暝 kim-mı̂ (kim mi)

Clock timeEdit

One o'clock AM 
?一點 (tao tza jeet/yi4 diam)
Two o'clock AM 
?兩點 (tao tza nen/di3 diam)
Noon 
中晝 tiong-tàu (dyong dow) / (ey3 bpo1)

ē-poo

Midnight 
半暝 puàⁿ-mî (bpua mi)

DurationEdit

_____ minute(s) 
_____ 分鐘 hun-ching (whhun-ching)
_____ hour(s) 
_____ 點鐘 tiám-ching / (diam-jun)
_____ day(s) 
_____ 日 ji̍t (*leet)
_____ week(s) 
_____ 禮拜 lé-pài (*lay bai)
_____ month(s) 
_____ 月 gue̍h (whay)
_____ year(s) 
_____ 年 nî (nee)

DaysEdit

today 
今日 今仔日 kin-á-jit / (gyah *de *deet)
yesterday 
昨昏 chah-hng (dtsah-ung)
tomorrow 
明仔載 bîn-á-chài (miyah tsai)
the day before last 
昨日 cho̍h--ji̍t (tzuh *leet)
the day after tomorrow 
後日 āu--ji̍t (ow *leet)
this week 
這禮拜 chit lé-pài (tsi *lay bai)
last week 
(den *lay-bai)
next week 
後禮拜 āu lé-pài (ow *lay-bai)
Sunday 
禮拜日 lé-pài-jı̍t (le-bai-*leet)
Monday 
拜一 pài-it (bai-eet)
Tuesday 
拜二 pài-jı̄ (bai-*dee)
Wednesday 
拜三 pài-saⁿ (bai-sa)
Thursday 
拜四 pài-sı̀ (bai-shee)
Friday 
拜五 pài-gō͘ (bai-go)
Saturday 
拜六 pài-la̍k (bai-*lahk)

MonthsEdit

January 
一月 it-go̍eh
February 
二月 jı̄-go̍eh
March 
三月 saⁿ-go̍eh
April 
四月 sı̀-go̍eh
May 
五月 gō͘-go̍eh
June 
六月 la̍k-go̍eh
July 
七月 chhit-go̍eh
August 
八月 poeh-go̍eh
September 
九月 káu-go̍eh
October 
十月 cha̍p-go̍eh
November 
十一月 cha̍p-it-go̍eh
December 
十二月 cha̍p-jı̄-go̍eh

ColorsEdit

color 
色 sek
black 
烏色 o·-sek
white 
白色 pe̍h-sek
grey 
灰色 hoe-sek
red 
紅色 âng-sek
blue 
藍色 nâ-sek
yellow 
黃色 n̂g-sek
green 
青色 chhiⁿ-sek
orange 
柑仔色 kam-á-sek : ("mandarin orange color")
purple 
茄色 kiô-sek : ("eggplant color")
brown 
土色 thó·-sek : ("dirt color")

TransportationEdit

Bus and trainEdit

Ticket 
[?]票 phiò (dyu pyuh)
One ticket 
一票 chit phiò (jeet-pyuh)
How much is one ticket? 
一票是幾箍? chit phiò sī kuí khoo (Jeet-pyuh shee gwee-koh?)
bus 
公車 / 客運 (kay-wun)
train 
火車 hóe-chhia (whey-chiah)
Where does this bus go? 
chit-ê (Dze-day kay-wun kee-dah?)
Does this train go to ____? 
(Dze-day whey-chiah gah-oo kee ____?)
What time does this train leave? 
(Dze-day whey-chiah gwee diam tsooh-whaht?)
What time will this bus arrive? 
(Dze-day kay-wun gwee diam ay gow-wee?)
Please stop! 
拜託,擋! pài thok,tòng (Pbai-toh, dong!)

DirectionsEdit

How do I get to ____? 
[?] 按怎去 (mbay ahndswah kee ____?)
...the train station? 
火車站 hué-chhia-chām / (whey chiah dyoo?)
...the bus station? 
(kay-wun dyoo?)
...the airport? 
(whey-deng-gee dyoo?)
...downtown? 
(chee dyong sheemg?)
...the hotel? 
旅館 lú-kuán (*lee-guang?)
...the restaurant? 
飯店 pn̄g-tiàm (bung-diam?)
Where are there a lot of ____? 
(Dway oo jote-tsay ____?)
Do you have a map? 
(*lee gah-oo day-doh?)
street/road 
路 lō͘/lo̍h (*loh)
left 
倒 tò (duh) / 左 chó
right 
正 chiàⁿ (jyah)
turn left 
倒[?] (duh wah)
straight ahead 
直直去 tı̍t-tı̍t khı̀ (dee-deet kee) / 直直行 ti̍t-ti̍t kiâⁿ (dee-deet gyah)

TaxiEdit

Taxi 
計程車(gay-dyen chiah)
Drive me to ____ 
載我去____ 。 dzai wah kee ____
How much to go ____ 
[?]去幾箍? mbay kee ____ gwee koh?

LodgingEdit

Do you have any rooms available? 
有房間無 ū pâng-king bô? (Oo bahn-gyun mbo?)
How much for one room? 
一間[?]? (Jeet gyun, wah-tsay gyee?)
One person 
一個人 chı̍t-ê-lâng (dzeday lahng)
Two persons 
兩個人 n̄ng-ê-lâng (nungay lahng)
Does it have ____? 
敢有____? kám-ū ____ ? (Gah oo ____ ?)
a bathroom 
便所 piān-só͘? (beng soh?)
a telephone 
電話 tiān-ōe (dyung way?)
a TV 
電視 tiān-sī
May I see it first? 
[?]先看?(Gah-ay-dahng shung kwah?)
Do you have something more ____? 
敢有較____?

kám-ū kah|khah (Gah oo kah)

big 
大的 tōa-ê (dwah-ay)
cheap 
俗的 sio̍k-ê (shohg-ay)
OK, I'll sleep here for ____ nights. 
好,[?]暗 Huh, mbay-kuhng ____ ahm.
Is there another hotel? 
[?]有[?] 旅館 (Gah oo bahg-ay *lee-guang?)
What time is breakfast? 
早頓幾點? (Dzah-dun gwee-diam?)
Please clean my room 
拜託 我的 房間 (Pbai toh kyeng wah-ay bahn-gyun)
Can you wake me at ... ? 
,好無?... gah-way gyuh kiah, huhbuh?

MoneyEdit

Credit card 
刷卡 (swah kah)
Where can I exchange money? 
(Dway ay-dahng wah gjee?)

EatingEdit

Have some tea 
飲茶 lim tê
Make tea 
泡茶 phàu tê
Breakfast 
早頓 chá-tǹg (dzah-dun)
Lunch 
中頓 tiong-tǹg
Dinner 
暗頓 àm-tǹg
Snack 
點心 tiám-sim
I want... 
我欲 góa beh (gwah beh)
Tea 
茶 tê (teh)
Coffee 
咖啡 ka-pi (kopi)
Chicken Meat
雞肉 ke-bah/koe-bah (bah = meat)
Beef Meat
牛肉 gû-bah
Eggs 
雞卵 ke-nn̄g/koe-nn̄g
Fruit 
水果 chúi-kó, 果子 kóe-chí/ké-chí
Vegetable 
菜 chhài
Fish 
魚仔 hî-á (hee-ah) / 魚 hî/hû (hhu2/hhw2; sounds like a long 'huh' without the vowel)
Bread 
pahng (from Portuguese) / (bin taw) / 麵包 mī-pau (mee-bao)
Noodles 
麵 mı̄ (mee)
Rice (uncooked) 
米 bı́ (bee)
Rice (cooked) 
飯 pn̄g (buhng)
Beer 
啤酒 (bee chiu)
Salt 
鹽 iâm (yahm)
Pepper 
hyahm / 胡椒粉 hô͘-chio-hún (hhoh chjio hun)
Done eating 
呷飽了 chia̍h-pá-liáu (jyah pah lyow)
Good to eat 
好呷 hó-chia̍h (huh jyah)
Good to drink 
好飲 hó-lim (huh lim)

BarsEdit

ShoppingEdit

How much? 
偌濟? jōa-chōe (luaa zwuei)
How many dollars/yuan? 
幾箍? kúi kho͘ (gwee koh)
Too much 
傷 shyoo-(gke4) zwuei3
Don't want 
莫/勿 mbwai / mmm...-mai3
I need... 
(Wah dah-ai...)
...toothbrush 
齒抿 khí-bín (kee-mbeeng)
...soap 
茶箍 tê-kho͘ (day koh)
...shampoo 
洗頭毛 sóe thâu-mn̂g (suay tow-mun) (literally "wash hair")
...paper 
紙 chóa (dzwah)
...pen 
筆 pit (mbeetd / pbeet)
...books 
書 chu (dzoo) / 冊 chheh (tz-cheh)

AuthorityEdit

I haven't done anything wrong. 
我無做歹代誌。 (góa bô chò phái tāi-chì.)
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