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Hindi Facts 

The study of Hindi today grants entry to one of the world's oldest and greatest civilizations. Knowledge of Hindi provides a fascinating alternative perspective, quite apart from that afforded by the English language, on the re-emergence of India during the last two centuries, and serves as an important key to understanding the unique elements of Indian civilization.

Family:                                      Indo-European

Branch:                                     Indic

Continent of Origin:                    Asia

Country of Origin:                      India

Countries where Official:             India

Number of Native Speakers:        366,000,000

Number of Total Speakers:          487,000,000

Students who feel that Hindi is too far removed from their modern everyday concerns may wish to note that Hindi is a distant relative of English. Where do you think the words 'juggernaut', 'dungarees' and 'sherbet' originate?

Some Interesting Facts and Figures

 

         The Hindi alphabet consists of 11 vowels and 33 consonants.

         The Devanagari script used for Hindi is derived from the ancient Brahmi and is closely related to other Indian scripts such as Gujarati and Bengali.

         Hindi was originally a variety of Hindustani spoken in the area of New Delhi.

         There are hundreds of Hindi dialects.

         The Hindi language has been enriched by Persian, Turkish, Farsi, Arabic, Portuguese, and English.

         Today, Hindi is widely spoken in South Asia (India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bhutan), South Africa, Mauritius, the USA, Canada, Trinidad, Fiji, Surinam, Guyana, Yemen, Uganda, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, and Singapore.

Today the internet provides significant opportunities to people to learn Hindi, whereever you are. Some of the major Web Sites are: