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Introduction
The dressing of a typical Ahbeng
The dressing of a typical AhLian
Where do AhBengs & AhLians hangout?
Curious how Hokkien Sounds?
AhBeng's Language

Introduction


Why the names 'Ah Beng' and 'AhLians' were chosen to represent this category of Singaporeans has never been very clear-except that AhBengs and AhLians are very common names for Singapore Chinese.  The people speak of them in a generally derisive tone and make jokes about the way AhBengs and AhLians dress, their 'weird' English(usually a mixture of Hokkien and Chinese and English), and the types of entertainment they go for.


 

Ahbengs like to use phrases like "Wat lah!" , "Ha Nah!" , "Oi!" ,"Happi Lah!" , "On ah!" , "Fight lah!" and "Not happy ah!". If you had noticed, almost every phrase had to end with a "lah!" or a "Nah!" In other words, the English that he only bothered to know were theDIRECTTRANSLATION of the these phrases from Hokkien !!! Furthermore, AhBengs and AhLians like to swear a lot. Phases like "Chee-bye", "Nah Beh" ,"Ka Ni Na" and "Wa Lan A" are very commonly heard.

Many Ah Bengs are successful businessmen, and are just as versatile and competitive as their English-educated brethren. There are Ah Bengs who are owners of chains of coffee-shops, food-courts,karoake lounges with branches in Malaysia, small property development companies , budget hotels in the outlying parts of the city, heavy equipment leasing companies, foreign labour supply companies. Recently, a more dangerous kind of Techno-Ah Beng has emerged, the Ah Beng who can rig up a computerised race-horse betting system complete with voice telecommunications.
 

The dressing of a Typical AhBeng

The dressing of a Typical AhLian Curious how Hokkien Sounds?

to hear a Hokkien song

to hear a Hokkien song

to hear a Hokkien song