Penang Hokkien for Beginners

Penang Hokkien for Beginners

Penang Hokkien for Beginners is a subsection of the Learn Penang Hokkien online course. It provides you the first steps to learning to speak Penang Hokkien.

This free course is created for self study and can be used anywhere in the world. It assumes no prior knowledge of the language. However, as Penang Hokkien is a tonal language, beginners are urged to start by becoming familiar with the spelling and pronunciation lessons.

Penang Hokkien Spelling & Pronunciation Lessons

  1. International Phonetic Alphabet (Pronunciation Guide)
  2. Spelling Guide (The TJ System of Romanisation)
  3. Intonation of Penang Hokkien
  4. Getting used to Penang Hokkien tones
  5. Penang Hokkien Tone Sandhi
Once you have completed the four lessons above, continue to the basic lessons below. These are mostly phrases that you will be using when conducting everyday conversations.

Penang Hokkien Basic Lessons for Beginners

  1. Fruit Juice
  2. Balik Pulau Durians
  3. Kuan Yin Teng
  4. Laksa
  5. Swa1thau3 Kay1 Char1 Koay1 Teow2
  6. Chowrasta Market
  7. Buses in Penang
  8. Falling Sick
  9. Francis Light School
  10. Clan Jetties
  11. Penang Hokkien Jokes

Penang Hokkien Reading Material for Beginners

  1. Taking the Bus
    Simple sentences for taking the bus in Penang.
  2. Telling Time
    Learn the colloquial method to express time.
  3. Duration
    Learn to tell duration.
After you have gone through the above lessons, return to the Learn Penang Hokkien section to learn the various parts of Penang Hokkien grammar. There are more advanced reading material for you over there.

Selected Books related to the Hokkien Language

  1. Taiwan Grammar: A Concise Reference
  2. Koxinga of Taiwan
  3. History of the Thai Chinese

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