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Chinese Dialects Around Me

English: The Chinese characters "客家話/客家话&...

Here I want to cover a little bit about the Chinese dialects that exist around me, the place I grew up and the place where I am living now. I grew up as a Hokkien/ Fujianese person, with a quarter part of me as Cantonese. It is still fresh in my mind that I used to learn Cantonese from my maternal grandmother on my visit to her house every Sunday. 

The city where I was born, Medan, is a city of diversity. Taking the example of the Chinese-Indonesian there, several ethnic groups have formed the community, for instance, Fujianese, Cantonese, and Hakka. Each of them has its own dialect; however, Fujianese has been the major spoken dialect in the community. Meanwhile, in Taiwan, the demographic composition is not much different. Apart from the aborigines, there are also Taiwanese, whose root is also from Fujian, and Hakka. Therefore, Taiwanese (Fujianese) and Hakka dialects are also spoken in Taiwan.

Some Chinese ethnic groups that are mentioned above can also be found in several countries in South East Asia, such as Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines, which also means that the dialects are also spoken there.

What Chinese dialects have you ever heard? Thanks for reading. Feel free to share this article if you like. If you have any opinions, please leave a comment. I love reading them.

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