闽南语 (Southern Min, or Minnan)




Photo by H E N G S T R E A M on Unsplash
Photo by H E N G S T R E A M on Unsplash

Southern Min, or Minnan, is a Chinese Min language sub-group of dialects that is mainly spoken in Southern region of Fujian province and Taiwan. It is the most well known Min Chinese variety and the major Min Chinese dialect group of Fujian and Taiwan today, it is also spoken by the certain overseas chinese population whose ancestral families hail from Southern Fujian, particularly in Southeast Asian countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Phillipines, where they make up the largest chinese language dialect group before Cantonese.

Native Speakers: 47,000,000

Region: Taiwan, China

Writing System: Chinese Characters

Language Family: Sino-Tibetan, Sinitic, Min, Coastal Min, Southern Min

Basic Phrases

Hello lı́ hó 汝好
Goodbye chài-kiàn 再見
Yes sı̄
No m̄-sı̄ 毋是
Excuse me… phái-sè 否勢
Please pài-thok 拜託
Thank you kám-siā 感謝