To Yu / 土語

Official status

— Classified as a heritage language by the Kingdom.

Official in

(Unofficial, in official instances, Standard Cantonese is used in lieu of)

(2010 est.)

  • Native: 1 050 000 (c. 15%)
  • L1 + L2: N/A

Rank in ILN


Language family

Sino-Tibetan (Yue)

Writing system

Latin Characters, mixed with Traditional Chinese

Regulated by

Promotional of use by several groups and advocates

T'Yu (Traditional Chinese: 土語) is a creole (though some linguists classify it as a pidgin) originated and still used in the Imaginary Lands of Nicholas. It is a variant of Standard Cantonese with significant influences of colonizing languages, such as English, French, Mandarin, and Japanese.

Sharing over 80% of the vocabulary, the creole is mutually intelligible with Cantonese.

Despite there are no official reports and enumeration of the number of users, the University of Port Romanani's Language Faculty estimated that 15 - 19% of the kingdom's population use T'Yu on a day-to-day basis. The creole is often used in informal and casual occasions. Standard Cantonese is deemed more suitable otherwise.


During a project in the 1950s to standardize the use of Cantonese and official languages in the kingdom, the government begins to shifts its primary language education to Standard Cantonese and English. T'Yu was not encouraged to be used and be taught in school. This had led to resentment by many T'Yu native speakers, saying this is an act of destroying the local culture and heritage. Others have supported since T'Yu has lacked a standardized structure, both in written and pronunciation forms. Supporters also cited that T'Yu and Standard Cantonese is over 80% alike. Despite this movement since the 1950s, T'Yu is still fairly common among the older population in the kingdom, and in families and other informal occasions.


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  1. T'Yu is grouped under Cantonese by the kingdom government.
Languages in the Imaginary Lands of Nicholas

Official writing systems: Traditional ChineseEnglish

Official Languages
(mandated in all autonomous countries)

Cantonese standardcreole (63%) • English (22%)

Regional Languages
(mandated in some autonomous countries)

French (8%) • Japanese (3%) • Putonghua (3%) • Arabic (< 1%) • Esperanto (< 1%) • Russian (< 1%) • Uyghur (< 1%)

Unrecognized Languages
(not official, but with significant number of speakers)

Korean (< 1%) • Portuguese (< 1%) • Spanish (< 1%) • Vietnamese (< 1%) • Dutch (< 1%)

Percentages in brackets denote the total number of mother tongues (2010 est.) of the specified language.

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