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Throwing Water in Penang Hokkien

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Penang Hokkien has a number of words to be used for throwing water, depending on how you do it.
  1. ark3 [ak] : (verb) to water
    To3long3 ark3 wah1-eh3 hua3cang3 hor33 wah4. Please water my flowering plants for me.

  2. bu3 [bu] : to spray with water
    Ee1 bu3 chooi4 heh1-leh1 chye3 hor33 i1 khah1 chni1.
    She sprayed water on the vegetables to keep them fresh. (literally, "for it to be fresher").

  3. chiang2 [tshiaŋ] : (verb) to rinse, to cleanse, to sweep away with water, particular to dislodge something on the floor
    Wah1 chiang2 gua3bin33-eh3 thor3kha1. I cleanse the floor outside with water.
    Lu1 say4 ka1 sa1bun3 liau4 chiang2 ka1 chooi1. After you wash with soap, rinse with water.

  4. cnuah3 [tsuã] : (verb) to shoot a jet of water (homophone of cnua3, to boil)
    Kiu1hoay4-eh3 lang2 cnua3 chooi4 heh-leh1 tiok3 hoay1 sio1 eh3 chu3. The firemen shot a jet of water at the burning house.

  5. phuak1 [phuaʔ] : (verb) to throw water at something, to make something wet
    Ie1 phuak3 chooi4 ie1-eh3 chia1 liau4 ba3lu1 say1 sa1bun2. After making his car wet, he soaped it up.

  6. pnia3 [piã] : (verb) to pour water
    Ie1 pnia3 heh1-leh1 la3sam3 chooi4 ha1kak1. He poured the dirty water away.

  7. tik3 [tiʔ] : (verb) to drip
    Tik3 tam3pok3 chooi1 hor33 heh1-leh1 por3 tam2. Drip a bit of water to make the cloth wet.

  8. tim3 [tim] : (verb) to throw, to toss
    Mm33thang3 luan3-luan3 tim3 ba1tu2. Don't recklessly throw stones.

  9. to3 [to] : (verb) to pour
    Wah1 to3 tam3pok3 chooi4 jip1 khee3 au1. I poured a bit of water into the cup.

  10. ya3 [ja] : (verb) to scatter (also ia3)
    Ya3 tam3pok3 yam2 hor33 thng1 khah1 kiam2. Sprinkle a bit of salt to give the soup more saltiness.

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