When words fail, use idioms… Hokkien style (37)

Hokkien, on the tongues of Tsinoys, has grown and evolved, taking on a life of its own. Sometimes words simply fail us. With some creativity, Tsinoys have strung together words to form colorful phrases that simply hit the bull’s eye. Here are some expressions unique to Hokkien as favored by Tsinoys.


tsa bo ah little girl

little girl


hiong kui kui not beautiful

so ugly


san tsua tsao run away together

to elope


sui tsa bo beautiful lady

beautiful lady


tin tin te te occupying areas

to describe nuisance, clutter, unwanted people or things.


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