Muhu Island is located between the mainland and Saaremaa island. That is why the Muhu dialect has some similarities with the dialects spoken on the western coast and those of the islands. The local dialect forms an important part of Muhu identity. In order to understand local sayings and jokes, one needs to be familiar with the island, its history and its people.
The Muhu people speak the local dialect mainly among themselves. The older generation converses freely in the dialect; younger people often use only certain expressions and words. However, in recent years much has been done in order to encourage young people to listen to and use the Muhu dialect more actively. The county newspaper publishes and the local radio broadcasts news in the Muhu dialect. A writing competition in the Muhu dialect has been organized since 2008. In 2011 an online dictionary of the Muhu dialect was launched. More and more of the dialect's words and old colourful expressions make their way into normal, everyday language.