Understanding The Hmong Language & Providing Professional Hmong Interpreters, Translators and Transcriptionists
American Language Services (ALS) understands the importance of working in the Hmong language. For over a Quarter of a Century, American Language Services has worked with the Hmong language as well as hundreds of others from around the world. We offer comprehensive language services 24 hours, 7 days a week worldwide by providing Hmong interpreting, translation and transcriptions services along with hundreds of other languages and dialects. Our linguists are native speakers and writers who are screened, credentialed, certified, field tested and experienced in a number of specific industry settings. The Hmong language is unique and has very specific origins and characteristics.
Hmong People and Their Struggle
Hmong is the common name for a group of dialects spoken by the Hmong people of Sichuan and Hmong Americans. The term ‘Hmong People' refers to an Asian ethnic group in the mountainous regions of Southeast Asia. Hmong are also one of the largest sub-groups in the Miao minzu population in southern China. There are significant Hmong populations in Southeast Asia and the United States in addition to their Chinese homeland. The Hmong are severely persecuted today in Laos because of their anti-Communist role in the Vietnam War. The Hmong people are still persecuted to this day because of their anti-communist stance; therefore they have fled to other nations to seek refuge. Today, there resides a large Diaspora community of Hmong in the United States.
Two Dialects of Hmong
The two dialects described here are known as White Hmong (also called Hmong Der or Hmong Daw) and Green Mong (also called Mong Leng or Mong Njua). These are the two major dialects spoken by Hmong Americans. While mutually intelligible, the dialects differ in both lexicon and certain aspects of phonology.
The Orthography of Hmong
The Romanized Popular Alphabet (RPA) is the most widely used script for writing White Hmong and Green Mong in the West. It was developed in Laos between 1951 and 1953 by three Western missionaries with the help of several Hmong assistants. Several other scripts have been developed, including other systems with Roman letters based on the Chinese pinyin or the Vietnamese alphabet.
Who are You Going to Trust with Your Vital Hmong Language Needs?
The Hmong language is an important language worldwide. It is vital to understand the general nature and specific idiosyncrasies of Hmong. Since 1985, ALS has provided outstanding Hmong interpreters, translators and transcriptionsts worldwide.
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