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Min Nan is a language that is spoken in parts of Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, and China. It is the largest branch of the Min Chinese language and it has 47 million speakers. While it is a branch of Min Chinese, Min Nan is not mutually intelligible with Mandarin Chinese or the other branches of Min Chinese. Min Nan is not usually taught outside of the areas where it is spoken. Thus, if have a desire to learn Min Nan, it is likely that you will be working on your own unless you connect with a tutor. If you have been looking for "Min Nan tutoring near me," contact Varsity Tutors so that we can help you connect with a Min Nan tutor.
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Min Nan is more of a spoken language than a written one because it lacks a standardized writing system of its own. The characters that are used in their writing system are borrowed from Chinese. While the vowels in the Min Nan alphabet are similar to Mandarin, it consists of more consonants than both Mandarin and Cantonese. Min Nan is syllabic, which means that symbols are used to represent the syllables. This can be very difficult for English speakers to learn because it is nothing like English. Min Nan tutoring can be helpful in learning the alphabet because a tutor can help guide students through the unfamiliar characters. There are three main divisions of Min Nan in terms of dialects. These dialects have limited mutual intelligibility. Min Nan tutoring can be helpful in learning the different dialects because a tutor can provide insight into the culture differences between the three different dialects.