Picard language

Gallo-Romance "langue d'oïl", spoken in northern France and southern Belgium

Picard is a Romance language spoken in the north of France and in the south of Belgium. It is one of the langues d'oïl. The language is often called ch'ti or ch'timi in most of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Rouchi near Valenciennes, Roubaignot near Roubaix and patois in Picardy, as well as Picard everywhere.

ch'ti, ch'timi, rouchi
Native toFrance, Belgium
RegionHauts-de-France, Hainaut
Native speakers
700,000 (1998)[1]
  • North
  • South
Latin script
Official status
Official language in
Recognised minority
language in
 Belgium (recognised by the French Community of Belgium)
Language codes
ISO 639-2roa
ISO 639-3pcd

In 1998, there were around 700,000 people who spoke Picard as a first language.


  1. http://www.ohchr.org/EN/UDHR/Pages/Language.aspx?LangID=frn2
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.