Basic Guidelines For English Spellings
(chiefly among Chinese speakers) used to express dismay, exasperation, or surprise.
- ‘aiyah, you mustn't work so hard; you must find time for other things’
- ‘Aiyah, it is the company that counts.’
- ‘Aiyah, nerd is not an insult, it's a way of life.’
- ‘Aiyah, why so dramatic? No big deal lah.’
- ‘Aiyah, all these auditors can only check based on what they're given.’
- ‘"Aiyah," my Chinese-American mother would scold my younger sister when she was a teen in search of a 'savage tan'. "Too dark."’
- ‘Sometimes people get scared, they say, aiyah, I don't understand.’
- ‘Aiyah! It's only a friendly match.’
- ‘Aiyah, I could have added variety to the passages I memorised to pass Chinese composition tests.’
From Chinese (Cantonese or Mandarin): imitative.
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