THE HMONG LANGUAGE
Hmong is a language spoken by more than 2.7 million people worldwide. Despite its prevalence in Southern China and Southeast Asia, Hmong holds no official status as a language. While there are many dialects, which are not mutually intelligible, Hmong Daw and Hmong Njua are the most widely used. As a written language, Hmong has several systems, with the most common being the Romanized Popular Alphabet, developed by missionaries to Laos in the 1950s.
Across the globe, there are Hmong-speaking communities in France, Australia, Canada, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam. In the United States, Hmong is spoken by 280,000 people. It is the third most common language spoken in Wisconsin, and there are communities in California and Minnesota that teach students Hmong.