Hmu (hveb Hmub)

Hmu is a Hmong-Mien language spoken in mainly in Guizhou in southern China, and also in Hunan, and in parts of northern Vietnam. In 1995 there were about 2.1 million speakers of Hmu, which is also known as Qiandong Miao, Eastern Guizhou Miao, Central Miao, East Hmongic or Black Miao.

The standard version of Hmu used in textbooks in China is Northern Qiandong Miao, which is also known as Central Miao, Eastern Guizhou Hmu, or 黔东方言 (Qiándōng fāngyán) in Chinese.

Latin alphabet for Hmu

Latin alphabet for Hmu

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Details of Hmu scripts and pronunciation provided by Wolfram Siegel

Sample text (Northern dialect)

Laix laix diangl dangt lol sob dab yangx ghax maix zit yef, niangb diot gid zenb nieef haib gid quaif lit gid nongd jus diel pinf denx. Nenx dol maix laib lix xent haib jox hvib vut, nenx dol nongt liek bed ut id xit deit dait.

Sample text (Southern dialect)

Leb leb nis zib youl nangs, mex ad sheit nangd zend yanl nhangs njanl lib. Mix mex lix xinb gaot liangt send, leb leb lies nhangs ghob nab ghob geud nangd.


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Information about Hmu

Hmong-Mien languages

A-Hmao, Dananshan Miao, Hmong, Hmong Dau, Hmong Njau, Hmu, Iu Mien, Luobohe Miao, Mashan Miao, She, Xong

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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