Newly married, hokkien wife said to her hainanese husband, “Darling, from now on you should be addressing my mum ‘Ah Bu’.” Husband replied, “Dear, very awkward leh because ‘Ah Bu’ in hainanese refers to ‘apple’.”
いらっしゃいませ (irasshaimase) just means ‘Welcome’, and is said to a customer entering a restaurant or shop. A waiter in a Japanese restaurant called out “irasshai-mase” when a customer walked passed the restaurant. The Malay customer asked her daughter what was said by the waiter. “Oh, he said ‘terima kasih’,” the […]
Korean: 안녕하세요 (pronounced as “annyeongha-seyo” which means “hello”) Singaporean: anyhow-say-yo
A pastor observed a little girl standing outside the Sunday school classroom, waiting for her parents to pick her up. The pastor noticed that she clutched a storybook under her arm with the title “Jonah and the Whale.” Feeling mischievous, he knelt beside the girl and asked, “What’s that you […]
A comb is pronounced in Hainanese as “TEW”.
John and his 5-year old sister was attending a Sunday school. The teacher was discussing why bad things sometimes happen, and reading the story of Adam and Eve and how sin came into the world. Later that week, John was ill and had to stay home from school. Feeling miserable, […]
Jenny’s husband, a pastor, is often asked to officiate at weddings. One weekend, Jenny was preparing for his 8 years old son’s birthday party. When this child was asked whom he wanted to invite, the only names he gave were his “girl friends.” “Which one are you going to marry […]
Whenever Karen, a 6 years old child, was asked her name, her standard response was “I’m Karen, Pastor Tan’s daughter.” Thinking she needed to assert her own identity, Karen’s mother encouraged her to simply reply “Karen.” The next day, a man asked her name. “I’m Karen,” she replied. “Oh, you’re […]