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Information About The Hmong Language

 

If you are a person who likes to research and learn new things, you might take a look at the Hmong Language.  It's not a very popular language but it does have a rich history, many different dialects, and millions of people who can speak it today.

 

The Hmong language has a long and detailed history coming from a people in southern China that has existed for almost two thousand years.  This rich language still remains today spoken by a wide range of people coming from this area and culture historically.  This people group is closely related to the Miao which makes up a little over seven million people.  About two million in this area actually speak the Hmong language.

 

Where is this language still spoken today?

 

There are a total of around four million people who do speak this language are spread all around the world but many still reside in areas such as Yunnan, Guizhou, northern Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand.  About five percent of those speaking the Hmong Language actually reside within the United States speaking this and English fluently in certain cities around the country.  

 

What is the history of the Hmong Language?

 

This language was developed within the last two thousand years within the Hmong people group who are closely related to the Miao.  They reside in southern China.  It's exact origins are a bit unknown as various people groups in this area gradually adapted words and phrases changing them slightly over time to produce whole new ways of speaking to each other.

 

What are some of the dialects that this language is made up of?

 

The main dialect that is the primary one for the Hmong language is the Chuanqiandian dialect.  This is typically broken down into two sub-dialects called the Hmong Njua and also the Hmong Daw.  Some consider that these two dialects have so many differences between them that they could be considered a completely separate language.  The Daw is the primary dialect today that most people know and understand.  In the last 50 years this language was somewhat standardized so that all dialects would have basic understanding of each other.  Each version of the language made some adjustments so they fit together a bit better than before.

 

In America the dialects are known as Blue Mong and Mong Njua.  Sometimes this is referred to as White Hmong.  Many of the vowel sounds are quite a bit different in these dialects compared to some of the Asian ones.

 

It's really worth researching the history of the Hmong people a bit more to really understand the background behind this type of language and the reasons for all the variations in dialects.  This will give you a better understanding of the language and the culture behind it as well. 

Looking to learn even MORE about Hmong Language?  Try this website for more information - Hmong Language Webpage

 

White Hmong 

White Hmong or (Hmoob Dawb) is considered to be a more proper to speak.  It would be similar to the American/British accent differences.  Both can understand each other easily, but one is more precise.

 

Green Hmong 

Green Hmong or Moob Leeg is named so because of the color used in the women's traditional costume.  Generally Green Hmong can understand White Hmong just fine.  There is one downfall of trying to LEARN Hmong in green and that is the agreed upon writing of the Hmong language is based on White Hmong.

 




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