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Fangyan Friday: Learn Minnanhua, a Global Chinese Dialect

The dialect of the Southern Min region is spoken by 45 million people worldwide (and makes for great pop music)

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Fangyan Friday: The Northern Influence on Hangzhou’s Dialect

Learn how to speak like a Hangzhou local

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Preserving Chinese Dialects One Wikipedia Entry at a Time

The amateurs trying to preserve Chinese dialects via Wikipedia

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Fangyan Friday: The Tempestuous Tones of Ningbo

Proximity to the sea has influenced the dialect of this Zhejiang port city

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Fangyan Friday: The Hybrid Ming Court Dialect of Kunming

'Kunminghua' is a fusion of Ming dynasty official Mandarin and multiple ethnic minority dialects in Yunnan

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Fangyan Friday #11: The Wuwei Way

Learn the “do nothing” dialect from Anhui province

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Fangyan Friday #9: Elegant Shaoxing

Even insults can sound refined in the dialect of this gentle Zhejiang city

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Fangyan Friday #4: Pu-Xian Min

An endangered Fujianese dialect from the birthplace of Mazu, the goddess of mariners

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Fangyan Friday #3: The Rap of Sichuanese

TWOC’s guide to the dialect of Deng Xiaoping—and modern Chinese hip-hop

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Fangyan Friday #2: The Devil’s Wenzhouhua

Learn some key phrases from the notorious Zhejiang dialect known as the “devil’s language”

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