晋语 (Jin)

The great wall of china at the border crossing between Shanxi province and Inner Mongolia
Photo by David Wilmont, Wikimedia Commons

Jin is a group of Chinese spoken by roughly 63 million people in northern China. Its geographical distribution covers most of Shanxi province except for the lower Fen River valley, much of central Inner Mongolia and adjoining areas. The status of Jin is disputed among linguists; some prefer to classify it under Mandarin, but others set it apart as an independent branch.

Native Speakers: 63,000,000

Region: China

Writing System: Chinese Characters

Language Family: Sino-Tibetan, Sinitic, Chinese, Jin