Wanna Learn Chinese? Learn Malaysia Chinese! | Taiwan Chinese v.s Malaysia Chinese

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I don’t know how many times I have been asked this question…

“Eh? How come you can speak Chinese?!”
“Shen, did you understand the Chinese word I just said?”

If you speak Chinese and you have lived abroad in your life, I suppose these questions sound familiar to you don’t they?

Yes, it’s not only that Chinese speakers in the world don’t know we, Chinese Malaysian speak Chinese, neither they believe that you understand Chinese as natives do even though you managed to convince them to believe you speak Chinese. (my mouth really got tired of explaining it over and over again..-.-)

So here I am. Making this video to tell you that….


“We Chinese Malaysian, speak Chinese!
We understand Chinese as native does!
And, our Chinese language is very diverse!”


Taiwan Chinese v.s Malaysia Chinese

Mao & I

Just in case some people might wonder who Mao is or maybe, “Who the f*** Shen is?!” lol.

Mao and I are from the same university – Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University. We came to Kyoto Ritsumeikan University for 1 year exchange together. Since then, we have become BFF (Best Friend Forever, NOT Boy Friend Forever OK? lol) 

I have read some comments on the video saying that “Shen sexually harassed Mao in the video”. 



Taiwan chinese v.s Malaysia Chinese

Once again, Mao and I are BFF, no sexual harassment attempted in the video. Thanks for your understanding.

Somehow It Went Viral

I and Mao were aiming to gain 10k views in 1 month for this video. As a result….we received 30k views on Youtube in 3 days!!

Other than Youtube, some major Malaysia sharing pages also shared my video on their pages. Such as


Facebook News 新闻最前线 (3k shares)

Taiwan Chinese vs Malaysia Chinese ShenlimTVURL: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=813640285317533&set=vb.155483697799865&type=2&theater


分享无国界~保证笑死你 (3.6k shares)

Taiwan Chinese vs Malaysia Chinese ShenlimTVURL: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=447400965391109&set=vb.233110220153519&type=2&theater


Crazy Kopitiam (2k shares)

Taiwan Chinese vs Malaysia Chinese ShenlimTV URL: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=659290307443568&set=vb.107827552589849&type=2&theater


And other Facebook pages too. Because of the shares on Facebook, my channel subscribers increased nearly 2k in 2 days!!! Thanks for the support guys 😀


The Main Message of the Video

Although the social power got me excited, I started to feel worry about the media literacy issue of my works. It seems that some people took my message wrongly.

I realized some comments on Facebook put their focus more on the win and lose of the game, some even misunderstand that Shen is misleading people to abandon learning standard Chinese language.

My friends…….NOOOO!! As what I said at the end of the video, my message was to tell people to interact more with other country cultures! 

Please don’t put emphasis on the battle and the explanation of the Malaysia Chinese (dialect-combined) language. In fact, Malaysia Chinese language is too diverse that different Chinese ethnics use different pidgin words. Please stop playing the game of defining “What is Malaysia Chinese language”.

Let’s leave the question to scholars who study about Malaysia linguistic. In this video, the message is very simple.

Open your heart to other languages and cultures.




Shen Lim
A Chinese Malaysian, Blogger, Vlogger on YouTube, Tour Guide in Japan. He believes 1 day his videos can bring Japan and Malaysia together. マレーシア華人、ブロガー、YouTubeクリエイター、日本にいるツアーガイドです。いつか自分の動画は日本とマレーシアを繋げる架け橋になると信じています。 Read more ABOUT him.

This Post Has 61 Comments

  1. Joseph Ting

    Now that Mao said that, the editing process sure do take up a lot of time
    with all those overlays and really love the subtitles. I can really share
    this with people who don’t know the language as well.

    Keep up the good work!

  2. Shiro X Raito

    “BO JIOOO”
    haha this is typical Malaysian “pattern” xD
    Mao so cute sia~and of course, Shen is still funny, as always. Btw, I’ve
    heard ppl from other countries said they do not know Malaysian can actually
    speak Chinese as well..zz

    Keep up the good work ^ ^

  3. Ahmad Firdaus

    haha this is so fun 😀 I even laugh when I see you two together keep
    changing language, even though I doesn’t know how to speak in Chinese
    language but I love to learn it even little by little, keep up the good
    work >_<

  4. aassbbcc

    Singapore chinese also sama laa. Plus, I think it’s cos we Singaporeans and
    Malaysians would watch Taiwanese drama and variety shows. That’s why we can
    understand whatever they say. But they don’t watch our shows.

  5. richard foo

    Actually not much difference. A formal speech would be common and
    understood by all. Definitely casually spoken languages differ in every
    country in the world, even though it is the same language. The best is to
    know all, depending on where you are.

  6. tauhu hua

    Some more of Malaysian slangs (mostly from Ming nan yu)
    Kanasai= like shit
    Abuden otherwise abo then= if not then
    Siao = crazy
    Diao = fuck
    Diao gin = block
    Lim bei = father/boss
    Maiku= sell dick
    Sien = bored
    Heng = lucky
    Kuku = dick
    Beh tahan= can no longer stand as in I’ve had enough
    Biao= bu Yao = shorter way of saying bu Yao = no
    Zuo mo= what

  7. farah begaga

    Wow ! So happy I found your channel !!
    It helps me practicing my Chinese. It’s been almost a year I left Taiwan
    and I feel like I’m losing my Chinese but your videos are encouraging me a

  8. Corlyn Wei

    哈哈哈哈 這一定要share!!XD
    不過…. 馬來西亞華人真的會說華語啦 Π_Π

    Ps: 為什麽沒有 DENG ?這也是個經典啊 XDD

  9. Viony Tania

    i’m studying abroad in Australia and have a lot of
    chinese/taiwanese/cantonese friends and they didn’t know i can understand
    and speak chinese quite well , they were shocked and it was quite funny
    (i’m Indonesian-Chinese)

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  12. Leblanc Mariama

    shen ling 和 mao!!! 这个�video太有意思!我l去过马来嘶哑一次旅游, 在哪边呆了西个星期。我都不知道马来四阿话语怎么好玩!谢谢

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  14. Xiao Long

    No! Not boring at all! It was so cute, and I actually learned quite a bit
    about Malaysian Chinese.
    I’m glad that someone like you actually will have conversation with the
    people who comment on your videos. I don’t think anyone else does that.

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