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Dialect of Min

Min varieties of Chinese are spoken by some 75 million individuals primarily in Fujian province in China, and also in some parts of Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Guangdong, Hainan and Guangxi, at the same time as in Taiwan and Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Burma as well as other cities in Southeast Asia, and inside the USA, especially in New York City.
 
The traditional Chinese title for Fujian, originates from the Kingdom of Minyue was positioned in what is now Fujian province between about 334-110 BC. The name Min was possibly an ethnic title and associated with all the Chinese word for barbarians , and Yue comes from the State of Yue, a kingdom in Zhejiang Province in the course of the Spring and Autumn Period (771 - 476 BC).
 
Varieties of Min are divided in line with mutual intelligibility into five to nine separate groups. A distinction can also be made between Inland Min varieties and Coastal Min varieties.
 
Inland varieties of Min
Northern Min
Northern Min or Min Bei has about 10.3 million speakers in the northern of Fujian Province, particulary close to Nanping and Xiaxian city. There are also speakers in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia along with other cities of South East Asia.
 
Shaojiang Min
Shaojiang Min or Shao-Jiang is a group of Min subvarieties spoken about Nanping in the northeast of Fujian province. They may be often categorized as dialects of Northern Min, but aren’t mutually intelligible with it.
 
Central Min
Central Min or Min Zhong is spoken by about 3.5 million individuals in central Fujian Province, particularly close to Yong'an city , Sanming city and Sha County.
 
Coastal varieties of Min
Soutern Min
Southern Min or Min Nan varieties are spoken by about 49 million folks in the south of Fujian province, in Guangdong, Hainan, Zhejiang and Jiangxi provinces, as well as in Taiwan, Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia. Min is an additional name for Fujian province and Nan signifies 'south' or 'southern'.
 
Main varieties of Southern Min consist of:
Quanzhou
Xiamen
- contains Taiwanese
Zhangzhou
Chaozhou
Quanzhou, Xiamen and Zhangzhou varieties of Southern Min are much more or less mutually intelligible with every single other, but not with Chaozhou varieties.
 
Tower of Babel in Amoy
 
Eastern Min
Eastern Min or Min Dong is spoken by roughly 9.1 million people mainly in east central Fujian province, notably in and around Fuzhou and Ningde, as well as in Brunei, Indonesia (Java and Bali), Malaysia (Peninsular) Singapore, Thailand.
 
Tower of Babel in Eastern Min
 
Pu-Xian
Pu-Xian or Puxian Min is spoken by about 2.6 million people generally in Putian City and Xianyou County in Fujian province, you'll also find speakers in parts of Quanzhou, Shacheng, Fuding in northern Fujian, as well as in Malaysia and Singapore. The name Pu-Xian combines the first characters of Putian and Xianyou. This assortment of Min can also generally be known as Henghua or Xinghua.
 
Qiong-Lei
There are two main subvarieties of the Qiong-Lei selection of Min: Leizhou, which is spoken by about four million people in Leizhou city and neighbouring regions in western Guangdong province; and Hainanese, which is spoken primarily in Hainan by about 1.1 million people. The subvarieties are not mutually intelligible with other varieties of Min.