Bân-lâm-gú - Minnányu (Pinyin) - Southern Min Language or Souther Fujian (闽南语 or 閩南語)
Southern Min Language: (Chinese: Min Nan, Minnan, or Min-nan (simplified Chinese 闽南语 traditional Chinese 閩南語 pinyin: Minnányu; POJ: Bân-lâm-gú; or "Southern Fujian" language) refers to a family of Chinese languages/dialects which are spoken in southern Fujian and neighboring areas, and by descendants of emigrants from these areas in diaspora. In common parlance, Southern Min Language usually refers to Xiamen speech (better known as the Amoy language/dialect), which is usually called Taiwanese by residents of Taiwan, and Hokkien by residents of Southeast Asia. Amoy is a combination of Quanzhou and Zhangzhou speech. The Southern Min Language family also includes Teochew and Hainanese. Teochew has limited mutual intelligibilty with Amoy. However, Hainanese is generally not considered to be mutually intelligible with any other Southern Min dialect.
The Southern Min Language forms part of the Min language group, alongside several other divisions. The Min languages/dialects are part of the Chinese language group, itself a member of the Sino-Tibetan language family. The Southern Min Language is not mutually intelligible with the Eastern Min Language, Cantonese, or Mandarin. As with other varieties of Chinese, there is a political dispute as to whether the Southern Min language should be called a language or a dialect. (Ref: Wikipedia)
Bân-lâm-gú on whatamieating.com
To find foods and food-related items in whatamieating.com in Bân-lâm-gú you may search by any sensible combination of the following terms:
Ban-lam-gu Banlamgu China Chinese Fujian Language Min Minnan Minnanyu Nan Southern Zuidelijk 闽南语 or 閩南語
These terms associated with languages are hidden behind the scenes as there is some crossover with other Chinese languages. This is not intended to be offensive and I apologise to anyone who feels affronted. In the same way I have included 'Indian' in the search terms for foods of Sri Lanka, 'English' in searches of the food glossary for Welsh or Scottish; likewise for other Indian, African or South American food terms, where any of hundreds of languages may be in use. It is simply to aid the traveller, often ignorant of the finer detail.
You may use any of the above terms in any search you make using 'Translate from English' so that if you wish to search for a translation of aubergine, choose whichever of these language terms that you think is most appropriate, say:
'aubergine fujian' and then click on 'Translate from English'.
One of the problems of providing searches in a multilingual world-wide food dictionary is trying to help people reach the things they are searching for. People do not always know the precise language being used, so these more general searches, such as 'Chinese', should help in a successful search.
Also included in the glossary are dishes from the cuisine of the region, cookery terms, cooking methods, drinks, food festivals, days of the week, months of the year etc.
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