Sara Maria Hasbun

The Minority Languages of China

China is home to hundreds of languages, from seven major language families, and nowhere is the linguistic situation more complex than at the borders. No fewer than 14 other countries border China, and their languages predictably spill over and mix in ways that have much to tell us about the history and social makeup of this complex region.

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  • CHALO says:

    Great presentation Sara! don’t miss the Tim Brooks about Mongolian language

  • MsPolyglot says:

    This was absolutely fabulous, Sara! Not only was the content mind-blowing (I had no idea how many languages there were in China beside the usual Sinitic and Tibetan ones), but your presentation was done so well. I could listen for hours on the subject, endlessly fascinating and that’s fortunate you are able to experience the richness there yourself!

  • Jemma says:

    As a Chinese-learner/translator I LOVE hearing more about the minority languages and find this subject absolutely fascinating. Thank you so much for such a wonderful and interesting talk!

  • loved this! so interesting to learn about the minorities of China, especially as a relatively new Mandarin learner (:

  • Mahya says:

    Thank you so much for this lovely presentation, Sara!

  • ivany78 says:

    Hi Sara,
    Thank you for the great overview.

    One of the interesting aspect of Hakka (客家)people is that we are the ones who are migratory around the country hence we are known as a guest, which is the meaning of Hakka.

    And during the Chinese diaspora to Nanyang (modern-day South East Asia), Hakka can be found in Malaysia, mainly in Sarawak, Sabah, Singapore.

  • RonP says:

    That was a lovely snapshot overview Sara Maria. Thank you!

  • BrianLoo1 says:

    Love the talk, thanks Sara Maria! I remember having a chat with a Tatar lady from Kazan (and her Russian husband) years ago in a bar in Krabi. She spoke in Tatar and I tried Turkish and the conversation went surprisingly smooth.

  • heatherjay94 says:

    Thank you so much for this lovely presentation, Sara! Very informative and well put together ^^ The 30 minutes just flew by really

  • Mus_Marian says:

    Thanks for the video Sara! I actually remember you speaking Venetian on Youtube a while back! Following you on instagram. I have really loved the linguistic diversity of China and it was really good to see things laid in this presentation.

  • Nikoletta says:

    Both of your videos are very informative and fun, Sara. Thank you!!

  • armstrongm360 says:

    Hi Sara, I really learned a lot. I live in Beijing as well. I just subscribed to your blog and I’m checking out your courses on your company website. What a deal!
    How is the HSK 6 coming? I passed it by one point in 2014, but have really let it rust…
    Hope to meet you sometime for a coffee!

  • elise1 says:

    Learnt so many things from your presentation! China is such a fascinating yet complex country, isn’t it?
    Thanks for sharing it with us and I will follow you on instagram!

  • Anonymous says:

    Thank you for the insight!

  • lindiebotes says:

    Really interesting presentation, thank you for sharing, Sara! I particularly enjoyed the snippet about Korean used in China – how fascinating !

  • Molly says:

    Fascinating talk and great audio quality! Thank you Sara Maria.

  • LoboBobo says:


  • So interesting! There is so much that I don’t know. Thank you for sharing Sara Maria!

  • hannahmw says:

    Thank you misslinguistic! Not only for your presentation, which I thoroughly enjoyed:) but for leading me to this conference! I registered via your Instagram page. I love your photos and your tidbits on language/learning. I am this close to moving to China and/or moving to Chipilo hahaha. Thank you for making linguistics even more beautiful.

  • Megan says:

    This talk is incredible. Thank you, Sara Maria!

  • Thank you Sara Maria, I learned heaps from this presentation and you’re inspiring me to learn more about other languages within China!

  • Candace says:

    Wow, Sara Maria. Your presentation is so very informative!! Thank you for sharing this with us.

  • says:

    I enjoyed this presentation. I follow this lady on IG. She is a nice person and very knowledgeable.

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