The Sound of the Ningbo Wu dialect (Numbers, Greetings & Story)

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Ningbo dialect (Yong-Jiang / 寧波閒話)
Native to: People's Republic of China
Region: Ningbo & Zhoushan, Zhejiang province
Ethnicity: Ningbo people (Han Chinese)
Native speakers: 5-6 million
Language family: Sino-Tibetan

is a dialect of Wu Chinese, one subdivision of Chinese language. Ningbo dialect is spoken throughout Ningbo and Zhoushan prefectures, in Zhejiang province.

Ningbo dialect native speakers generally understand Shanghainese, another dialect of Wu. However, Shanghainese speakers do not always have full understanding of the Ningbo dialect. It is not mutually intelligible with Mandarin Chinese, or any other subdivision of the Chinese language. Ningbo dialect is considered a Yongjiang dialect or Mingzhou dialect (as both terms are synonymous), and is closely related to the Taihu Wu dialects of Zhoushan. In terms of inter-intelligibility between dialects within the Yong-Jiang subgroup, they can be more accurately described as 'accents' (腔) as these dialects are relatively uniform and almost identical to each other aside from pronunciation differences and some minor lexical differences.

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This is amazing! My grandparents spoke just like this though now the language is heavily influenced by mandarin.

Author — Philip Zhou


So many vowels: I hear rounded front vowels, multiple unrounded mid vowels (e-like sounds), multiple unrounded open vowels (a-like sounds), ou-diphthong, and the front rounded diphthong, someting like øʏ.

Author — Seolh


There is a close relation to the number 2 in Ningbo Wu dialect.

In Ningbo Wu, number 2 is known as "Ni". This pronunciation also varies the Japanese "ni", which is also translated to 2.

Author — Robin Hood Productions Ltd.