Ludian is spoken in the Republic of Karelia, near the northeastern shore of Lake Onega, including some child-speakers. The area is over 200 km long and about 30 km wide. The southern part of the area is located in the village of Kuujärvi Paloniem and the northern part is in Palolamb. Some speakers also speaks Russian. Some consider it a dialect of Karelian language or Veps language.
There are three main dialects in the Ludian
- Northern Ludian (Kontupohja)
- Middle Ludian (Prääsä)
- Kuujärvi Ludian (Kuujärvi)
Each of the dialects has influences from neighbouring languages: Northern Ludian is influenced by Karelian proper (especially South Karelian), Middle Ludian is influenced by Olonets Karelian, and Kuujärvi Ludian is influenced by the Veps language. Järventakuinen, Lohmoja, and Prääsä of Saava are extinct dialects.
- männji - to go
- müöstädä - to row backwards
- müöstüdä - to move backwards (intr.)
- tulja - to come