Medan Hokkien

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Medan Hokkien
棉蘭福建話
Medan Hok-kiàn-oā
Native to Indonesia
Region Medan, Pematangsiantar, Tanjung Balai, Binjai and other cities in North Sumatra with significant chinese community.
Native speakers
800.000~1.000.000 (2010)[citation needed]
Language codes
ISO 639-3
Glottolog None

Medan Hokkien is a local variant of Hokkien spoken among the Chinese in Medan, Indonesia. It is the lingua franca in Medan as well as other northern city states of North Sumatra surrounding it, and is a subdialect of Zhangzhou (漳州) dialect, together with widespread use of Indonesian and English borrowed words. It is predominantly a spoken dialect: it is rarely written in Chinese characters as Indonesia was banned the use of Chinese characters back in New Order era, and there is no standard romanisation.[citation needed]

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