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Min Nan, Minnan or Min-nan dialect
Thread poster: Oana Ladariu

Oana Ladariu
United Kingdom
Local time: 04:30
Mar 27, 2008


These days I came across the Min Nan, Minnan or Min-nan dialect. From what I have read about it on the internet I understood that it "refers to a family of Chinese languages/dialects which are spoken in southern Fujian and neighboring areas". I also read that when writing Min Nan in Chinese characters, some writers need to create new characters in order to express certain things. I find this to be very interesting.
I would be very interested in hearing the opinion of a native speaker regarding this dialect.

Have a lovely day everyone!


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Blandina Broesicke  Identity Verified
Local time: 05:30
Member (2006)
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Minnanhua Mar 27, 2008

Hi Oana,

although I'm not a native, I can say that in Minnanhua there are many words which have not only a different pronounciation from Putonghua but also their own characters. I attended a course about 10 years ago, when I studied at Xiamen University in Fujian. I liked it very much, but it was hard work just to get the basics.


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