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Extinct: no
Family: Altaic
Branch: Tungusic
Continent: Asia
Country: China
Region: Heilongjiang, a few Manchu-speaking villages in Aihui and Fuyu counties. The ethnic group is in Heilongjiang, Jilin, and Liaoning provinces. There may also be members of the ethnic group in North Korea and Siberia.
Countries Where Spoken: 20 to 70 speakers (1995 M. Krauss) out of 1,821,180 in the ethnic group (1990 census).
Countries Where Official: China
Native Speakers: 20
Speakers Total: 70
Phrasebase members who speak Manchu at a native level: 0
Phrasebase members who speak Manchu at a conversational level: 0
Phrasebase members primary language they are trying to learn is Manchu: 0
Phrasebase members secondary language they are trying to learn is Manchu: 0
Three Letter Code: MJF
Alternative Names: MAN
Summary: The nonspeakers of Manchu in the ethnic group speak Mandarin. Now written Chinese in common use. All speakers over 70 years old (1986). An official nationality. Dictionary. Literacy rate in second language: 82%. Written Manchu was once in use with old Manchu script. Agriculturalists. Chinese traditional religion, shamanism, Buddhist. NT 1835.

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