Idioms...Hokkien style

When words fail, use idioms… Hokkien style (65)

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.


tsit ni ke tsap pue tia got married 18 times in a year someone who keeps on changing jobs, not stable


it di mm sia,

sia ban di

instead of writing just one word, he writes thousands doing things the complicated way, when there are simpler ways
放屁相連累 pang p’ui sna lian lui farting affects others doing things that will affect others
三千年一次海漲 sna tsnui ni tsit pai hai tiong three thousand years, one high tide once in a blue moon


tsap pai tsia sai, tsit pai tiao dip k’ang eat dung ten times, fall into the hole once

you can’t do bad things all the time and get away with it