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Min Nan Chinese

Min Nan Chinese is spoken in parts of the Chinese provinces of Fujian, Guangdong, Hainan, Zhejiang, and Jiangxi.

It is also used in Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei, Malaysia, and in other Chinese communities around the world.

Dialects shown below:  Amoy / Xiamen, Diojiu / Teochew, Shantou, and Taiwanese


top Amoy / Xiamen

The Amoy / Xiamen dialect of Min Nan Chinese is centered around the coastal city of Xiamen, China.

[Amoy dialect]

Dialect information at Wikipedia



top Diojiu / Teochew

The Diojiu / Teochew dialect of Min Nan Chinese is spoken in the Chaoshan region of eastern Guangdong province, China.

[Diojiu dialect]

Dialect information at Wikipedia

Writing system information at Omniglot

Alternate names for the Diojiu dialect include Teochew, Teochiu, Tiuchiu, and Chaozhou



top Shantou

The Shantou dialect of Min Nan Chinese is spoken in the Shantou prefecture/city of eastern Guangdong province, China.

[Shantou dialect]

Dialect information at Wikipedia

The Shantou dialect is also called Swatow



top Taiwanese

The Taiwanese dialect of Min Nan Chinese is spoken in much of Taiwan.

[Taiwanese dialect]

Dialect information at Wikipedia

Writing system information at Omniglot




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Min Nan language information at Wikipedia and Ethnologue

Alternate names for Min Nan Chinese include Min, Taiwanese, Southern Min, and Minnan


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