Min Dong

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Eastern Min
Min Dong
Native to Southern China, Taiwan, Vietnam, United States (chiefly New York City)
Region Eastern Fujian (Fuzhou and Ningde), Matsu
Native speakers
9.5 million  (2007)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 cdo
Glottolog mind1253[2]
Min Dong (violet)
Fuzhou, the center for the Eastern Min Language

Eastern Min, or Min Dong (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: 閩東語; pinyin: Mǐndōngyǔ; Foochow Romanized: Mìng-dĕ̤ng-ngṳ̄), is a language in the Min group.

The language is mainly spoken in the eastern part of Fujian Province in P.R.China, in and near Fuzhou and Ningde. It's also widely used as the mother language in Matsu Islands, Republic of China.

Fuzhou is the capital and largest city of Fujian province, so Fuzhou dialect is considered the standard form of the Eastern Min language.

The ISO 639-3 abbreviation for Eastern Min is cdo.

There are three branches in Min Dong (閩東)

  1. Fuzhou dialect (福州話)
  2. Fu'an dialect (福安話)
  3. Mango dialect (蠻講)


  1. ^ Nationalencyklopedin "Världens 100 största språk 2007" The World's 100 Largest Languages in 2007
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Eastern Min". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 

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