Introducing the Taiwanese Language

Taiwanese is the native speech of around 15 million people in Taiwan. One of a group of Chinese languages called "Southern Min", it is descended from several of the regional tongues in Fujian, across the Taiwan Strait, and is also closely related to the Hokkien spoken in Southeast Asia.

This website aims to introduce the language to people unfamiliar with it, and to provide more information to those already acquainted. There is information here on many aspects of the language, from phonology to politics, history to writing systems, and popular culture to the future of the language as a whole.

If you're new to the language and want to find out the basics, the best place to start would be the Overview of Taiwanese.

Throughout the website, you'll find Taiwanese words written in green to help them stand out. The romanisation system used here is Pe̍h-ōe-jī, which is the most popular form of romanised Taiwanese. Some visitors may need to download a new font to see the Pe̍h-ōe-jī displaying properly, but don't worry, it's a pretty painless operation.