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Chinese, Yue粤语

Language Data

  • Alternate names: Cantonese, Gwong Dung Waa, Yue, Yueh, Yuet Yue, Yueyu; Also, in Brunei: Cantonese, Yue, Yueh; in Costa Rica: Cantonese, Yue, Yueh; in Panama: Cantonese, Yue, Yueh; in Singapore: Cantonese, Guangfu, Yue, Yueh; in Thailand: Cantonese, Yue, Yueh; in Viet Nam: Chinese Nung, Ha Xa Phang, Hai Nam, Han, Hoa, Kién, Liem Chau, Lowland Nung, Minh Huong, Nung, Phúc, Quang Dong, Samg Phang, Suòng Phóng, Trièu Chau; in Indonesia: Cantonese, Yue, Yueh; in Malaysia: Cantonese, Yue, Yueh; in China--Macao: Macau Cantonese
  • Dialects: Bobai, Cangwu, Cantonese, Gaolei, Gaoyang, Guangzhou, Guinan, Hoisan, Ping, Qinlian, Schleiyip, Seiyap, Siyi, Taishan, Tengxian, Toisan, Toishanese, Yangjiang, Zhongshan
  • Scriptures published: Bible (1894--1981) New Testament (1877) Portions (1862--1903)
    FCBH (Revised Chinese Union Version) See above
    The JESUS Film See above
  • Literacy: Literacy rate in first language: 91% (2000 census, Han nationality) in Chinese, Yue. Speakers are highly literate in Chinese. Though many Yue speakers can understand Mandarin [cmn], many have difficulty speaking it. Taught in primary schools. Taught in secondary schools
    Second Language: No information available.
  • Primary country: China
  • Region: Mainly Guangdong, except Hakka-speaking areas northeast, and Min Nan-speaking areas east. and in east Guangxi provinces. Other areas: Hainan and Hunan provinces
  • Also used in: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Canada, , Morocco, Costa Rica, Honduras, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic (Laos), Malaysia, Mauritius, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Panama, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Viet Nam
  • Religion: No information available.
  • Status: De facto provincial language in China; Language of recognized nationality in China; De facto provincial language in China--Hong Kong; De facto provincial language in China--Macao; De facto provincial language in Malaysia; Language of recognized nationality in Viet Nam
  • Number of users: 62,221,560 (52,000,000 in China (1984); 6,350 in Brunei (2006); 4,500 in Costa Rica (1981 MARC); ; 164,000; 29,400 in Thailand (1984); 862,000 in Viet Nam (1999 census); 180,000 in Indonesia (1982); 1,070,000 in Malaysia (2000 census); 373,000)
  • Vitality: Provincial

(data from Ethnologue and other sources)

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