Iu Mien (Iu Mienh)
Iu Mien is Hmong-Mien language spoken by about 840,000
people mainly in China, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, and also
in the USA. Iu Mien speakers are known as Yao - 瑶族
in Chinese, and người Dao in Vietnamese. They are
one of the officially recognized ethnic minorities in China,
and are also officially recognised as an ethnic group in Vietnam.
Iu Mien is closely related to Kim Mun (Lanten), Biao-Jiao
Mien, and Dzao Min.
In China the dialect spoken in Changdong in Jinxiu Yao
Autonomous County in Guangxi is considered to be the standard.
Iu Mien is also spoken in in Guangdong, Yunnan, Hunan and
Iu Mien was written with Chinese characters in China for
several centuries, then a Romanized script was devised for
the language by Western linguists in the 1930s. The Iu Mien
Unified Script, based on the Romanized script used in China,
was created at a literacy conference in Guangdong province
in 1984 by delegates from the USA, China, and Thailand. It
has also been written with the Thai and Lao scripts.
Iu Mien Unified Script
The tone letters appear at the ends of words and are used to
indicate the different tones of Iu Mien.
Information about Iu Mien pronunciation compiled by Wolfram Siegel
Sample text in Iu Mien
Nzangc maac caux aaux qiex nzangc fai goiv qiex nzangc yietc
zungv fiev jiex gorn ziangx an jienv naaiv, bun meih aengx longc
ganh nyei cong-mengh caux jienv hoqc doqc, hoqc gapv, hnangv
gorngv meih njaaux ganh dauh mienh nor yaac fi’hnangv nyei
longc meih nyei za’eix caux jienv njaaux, se gorngv maaih
norm nzangc fai maaih joux waac haiz oix naaic dangh haaix
dauh nor maiv dungx faix hnyouv email bun yie fai heuc yie,
mbuo lomh nzoih juangc jienv hoqc mangc gaax, laengz zingh.
Tower of Babel Iu Mien
Books about the Hmong language and people
Information about the Iu Mien language and the Yao people
Other languages written with the Latin alphabet