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MINDSET SHIFT: EMPLOYEE TO ENTREPRENEUR

MINDSET SHIFT: EMPLOYEE TO ENTREPRENEUR
BY JAMES OH

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

FABULOUS AND FASCINATING FACTS ABOUT HOKKIEN


HOKKIEN IS THE SOLE SURVIVING CHINESE LANGUAGE

FROM THE TANG DYNASTY 2,000 YEARS AGO.


If you're a Hokkien, do you know Hokkien is the Ancient Imperial 

Language of China - 2,000 Years Ago.
If you're a HOKKIEN Take Note !!
You'll be Surprised. You have heard it. You, your parents, or 

grandparents may still be speaking this ancient, archaic language!

Yes, it's HOKKIEN (Fujian/Minnan Hua 福建话/闽南话)
Hokkien is:

1. The surviving language of the Tang Dynasty (唐朝, 618 - 907 

A.D.), China 's Golden Age of Culture. 


Note: The Hokkien we hear today may have "evolved" from its 

original form 2,000 years ago, but it still retains the main elements 

of the Tang Dynasty Language.
2. Hokkiens are the surviving descendants of the Tang Dynasty -- 

When the Tang Dynasty collapsed, the people of the Tang Dynasty 

fled South and sought refuge in the Hokkien ( Fujian 福建省) 

province. Hence, Hokkien called themselves Tng-lang (唐人(比喻

为唐朝子孙) Tang Ren or People of the Tang Dynasty) instead of 

Hua Lang (华人 Hua Ren).
3. Hokkien has 8 tones instead of Mandarin's 4. Linguists claim that 

ancient languages tend to have more complex tones.
4. Hokkien retains the ancient Chinese pronunciation of "K-

sounding" endings (for instance, 学生 Hak Seng (student), 大学 

Tua Ok (university), 读册 Thak Chek (read a book/study) -- the "k" 

sounding ending is not found in Mandarin.
5. The collection of the famous "Three Hundred Tang Dynasty 

Poems" (唐诗三百首) sound better when recited in 

Hokkien/Teochew if compared to Mandarin.
6. Consider this for a moment: Today, the Hokkien Nam Yim 

Ochestral performance still has its roots in ancient Tang dynasty 

music. Here's the proof: The formation of today Nam Yim ensemble 

is typically seen in ancient Tang dynasty paintings of musicians.

More Astonishingly:

Although not genetically-related, Hokkiens, Koreans and Japanese 

share many similar words (which are different from Mandarin). 

Example: News - 新闻 Shim Bun, World - 世界 Se Kai in Japanese)

That's because Hokkien was the official language of the powerful 

Tang Dynasty whose influence and language spread to Japan and 

Korea (just like Latin – where many words were borrowed by the 

English, French, Italian, etc).




To all 49 Million Hokkien Speakers:
Be Proud of Your Ancient Hokkien Heritage & Language! Speak it 

Loud and Clear. Teach Your Future Generation this Imperial 

Language, Less it Fades Away. Be Proud Children of the Tang 

Emperors.
To all Mandarin-speaking friends out there -- do not look down on 

your other Chinese friends who do not speak Mandarin – whom 

you guys fondly refer to as "Bananas". In fact, they are speaking a 

language which is much more ancient & linguistically complicated 

than Mandarin.
Keep in mind that Mandarin is just:
1. A Northern Chinese dialect 北方话 (heavily influenced by non-

Han Chinese) that was elevated to the status of National Language 

by Sun Yat Sen (孙中山,原名孙逸仙) for the sake of China’s 

national unity.
2. Mandarin was never spoken by your proud, imperial Tang 

Dynasty ancestors. It was probably spoken by the Northern (Non-

Han 北方民族) Jurchen (女真族), Mongols (蒙古族) and Manchu 

(满族(女真族的后代)) minority. Start speaking the language of 

your ancestors today. 
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