Zhangzhou dialect

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Zhangzhou dialect
漳州話 / Chiang-chiu-oē
Native to People's Republic of China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.
Region Southern Fujian province
Native speakers
Over 4 million  (date missing)[citation needed]
Language codes
ISO 639-3
     Zhangzhou dialect

The Zhangzhou dialect (Chinese: 漳州話; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Chiang-chiu-oē) is a Hokkien dialect originating from southern Fujian province (in southeast China), in the area centered on the city of Zhangzhou. Among the Taiwanese who migrated from Fujian province starting in the 17th century, 35.1% were originally from Zhangzhou whereas 44.8% were from Quanzhou. The Zhangzhou dialect has an intelligibility of over 90% with other dialects of Hokkien such as Amoy and Quanzhou.

The Zhangzhou dialect is often simply called Hokkien or Minnan. It is the source of the western terms Amoy ([e˨˩mui˧˥]) and Quemoy ([kim˧˧mui˧˥]).