Hmong Njua


A language of Laos

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

100,000 in Laos (Hattaway 2000). Total users in all countries: 310,000.


North, widespread; co-extensive with Hmong Daw [mww].

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
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.

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