Hmong Njua


A language of Laos

Alternate Names
Blue Hmong, Ching Miao, Green Hmong, Hmong Leng, Hmong Nzhua, Hmoob Leeg, Lu Miao, Mong Leng, Mong Njua, Mong Ntsua, Qing Miao, Tak Miao, “Blue Meo” (pej.), “Green Meo” (pej.), “Meo Dam” (pej.), “Meo Lai” (pej.)
Hmongb Nzhuab, Moob Leeg

100,000 in Laos (Hattaway 2003). Total users in all countries: 312,450.


North, widespread.

Language Status

6a* (Vigorous).


None known. Speakers in Myanmar understand border speakers in China well. Hmong Daw [mww] and Hmong Njua are largely mutually intelligible, but there are sufficient sociolinguistic, phonological, and lexical differences to require separate literature. A member of macrolanguage Hmong [hmn].

Language Development

Literature. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 2011.


Lao script [Laoo]. Latin script [Latn], primary usage. Miao (Pollard) script [Plrd], used in China. Pahawh Hmong script [Hmng]. Thai script [Thai], used in Thailand.

Other Comments

Co-extensive with Hmong Daw [mww]. Traditional religion.

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