Hokkien and/or Pinyin (Simplified Chinese: 福建话; traditional
Chinese:話; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Hok-kiàn-oē)
Hokkien is a dialect of Min Nan Chinese spoken in southern Fujian, Taiwan, and by many overseas Chinese throughout Southeast Asia. The language is also known by other terms such as Minnanyu (Pinyin: MinNánYu; Pe?h-oe-ji: Bân-lâm-gí), Fulaohua (Pinyin: Fúlaohuà; Pe?h-oe-ji: Hok-ló-oe), or Quanzhou (Zhangzhou). It is closely related to Teochew, though mutual comprehension is difficult, and somewhat more distantly related to Hainanese, with which it shares only minimal intelligibility.
Hokkien includes a variety of dialects of which Amoy and Taiwanese prestige dialect (based on Tainan variant) are considered standards, being in the middle of dialectic divides and thus enjoying the highest intelligibility amongst the varying dialects.
Hokkien originated in the Southern regions of Fujian province, an important centre for trade and migration, and has since been spread beyond China, being one of the most common Chinese languages overseas.
A form of Hokkien akin to that spoken in southern Fujian is also spoken in Taiwan, where it goes by the name Tâi-oân-oe or Ho-ló-oe. The ethnic group for which Hokkien is considered the native language is the Holo or Hoklo, the main ethnicity of Taiwan. The correspondence between language and ethnicity is not absolute, as some Hoklo have limited proficiency in Hokkien while some non-Hoklos speak it fluently.
There are many Hokkien speakers among overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia. Many ethnic Chinese emigrants to the region were Hoklo from southern Fujian, and brought the language to what is now Indonesia (the former Dutch East Indies) and present day Malaysia and Singapore (formerly Malaya and the British Straits Settlements). Many of the Hokkien dialects of this region are highly similar to Taiwanese and Amoy. Hokkien is reportedly the native language of up to 98.5% of the community of ethnic Chinese in the Philippines, among whom it is also known as Lan-nang or Lán-lâng-oe ("Our people’s language"). Hokkien speakers form the largest group of Chinese in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.
Hokkien on whatamieating.com
To find foods and foods and food-related items in whatamieating.com in Hokkien you may search by any of the following terms:
Asia Asian Ban;lam'gi Banlamgi China Chinese East Eastern East Eastern Fujian Fulaohua Hokken Hokkien Hok-lo-oe Hoklooe Hokloe Indonesia Indonesian Malaysia Malaysian MinNanYu Singaporean Taiwan Taiwanese Quanzhou Zhangzhou
These terms associated with languages are hidden behind the scenes as there is some crossover with other languages. The traveller in regions of China may not be precisely certain which language is in use, and can search using more general terms such as 'Chinese''.
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 congee, choose whichever of these language terms that you think is most appropriate, say:
'Hokkien congee' 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' may help in a successful search.
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