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The Ningbo dialect () is a dialect of Wu Chinese, one subdivision of Chinese language. Ningbo dialect is spoken throughout Ningbo and Zhoushan prefectures, in Zhejiang province.

Intelligibility

Ningbo dialect native speakers generally understand Shanghainese, another dialect of Wu. However, Shanghainese speakers do not always have full understanding of the Ningbo dialect. It is not mutually intelligible with Mandarin Chinese, or any other subdivision of the Chinese language. Ningbo dialect is considered a Yongjiang dialect or Mingzhou dialect (as both terms are synonymous), and is closely related to the Taihu Wu dialects of Zhoushan. In terms of inter-intelligibility between dialects within the Yong-Jiang subgroup, they can be more accurately described as 'accents' () as these dialects are relatively uniform and almost identical to each other aside from pronunciation differences and some minor lexical differences.

Phonology



Initials



Finals

:Syllabic continuants: Notes: *The table contains two additional finals . These have merged with respectively in younger generations. * are similar in pronunciation, differing slightly in lip rounding ( respectively). The two are merged in younger generations. * is pronounced before rounded vowels.

Tones



Examples

唱月亮 :月亮菩薩彎彎上,彎到小姑進后堂。 :后堂空,拜相公, :相公念經,打一天井, :天井隔笆,打一稻花, :稻花耘田,打一團箕。 火瑩頭 :火瑩頭,夜夜紅, :阿公挑擔賣碗蔥, :新婦織麻糊燈籠, :阿婆箝牌捉牙虫, :兒子看鴨撩屙虫。


See also

*Wu Chinese **Shanghainese **Suzhounese **Hangzhounese *List of varieties of Chinese

References

{{Zhejiang topics
Ningbo dialect Video on YouTube
Category:Wu Chinese