Chinese, Hakka


A language of China

Chinese, Hakka

Alternate Names
Hakka, Hokka, Ke, Kechia, Kejia, Majiahua, Tu Guangdonghua, Xinminhua

27,100,000 in China (2013). Total users in all countries: 31,425,260 (as L1: 31,424,260; as L2: 1,000).


Guangdong province: greatest concentrations east and northeast; Fujian, Guangxi, Hainan, Hunan, south Jiangxi, and Sichuan provinces: west and southwest. Widespread with other dialects.

Language Status

5 (Dispersed). Language of recognized nationality: Han.


Yue-Tai (Meixian, Raoping, Taiwan Kejia), Yuezhong, Huizhou, Yuebei, Tingzhou (Min-Ke), Ning-Long (Longnan), Yugui, Tonggu, Huayang, Hailu, Changting, Pingdong. Yue-Tai (Meixian) is standard dialect. Lexical similarity: with Gan Chinese [gan]. A member of macrolanguage Chinese [zho].


SVO; tonal.

Language Use

All ages. Also use Mandarin Chinese [cmn]. Used as L2 by She [shx].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 91% (2000 census, Han nationality). Highly literate in Chinese and they use that literature. Poetry. Magazines. Newspapers. Radio programs. Videos. Grammar. Bible: 1916–2012.

Han script, Traditional variant [Hant]. Latin script [Latn], used since early 19th century.

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