How Many Languages are Spoken in India?

India is a gorgeous country with sights and sounds galore, this amazing land is a rich melting pot that combines people from different faiths, spiritual practices, cultures, and traditions.

 

Business professionals are among those hard-working individuals who need to relax and travel for pleasure once in a while.

Transhome highly recommends a trip to the Land of Wonderment where you will hear 22 official languages spoken across the country.

 

Amazingly, the 22 official languages in the country are just a few compared to the more than 720 dialects spoken. There are 13 different ways to write the official languages that rely on where a certain dialect is used the most often. Other unofficial languages that may vary in dialect, include Odia, Maithili, and Tulu. Read on for more facts about the languages spoken in India.

India’s Population Speaks

 India’s official languages number 22 languages, here are some of the most common languages across India.

 

Hindi

  • Hindi has the highest number of speakers, the number of people who are native speakers in the language reaches 1% speakers and reaches 43.63% for the total percentage of India’s population.
  • Language usage is concentrated in New Delhi, India’s capital city, and serves as the working language for the central government as well.
  • Hindi is a common language among the people of Indians making it a beneficial language to acquire as a business professional who has hopes of expanding into the new audiences.
  • Unfortunately, using Hindi in some places in India like Tamil Nadu and the Northeast will be challenging because locals may view hearing the language of another area with varying degrees of hostility.

English

  • Has been an official language along with Hindi since the British colonist times.
  • Is considered the main language choice used officially in government procedures, media, and technology education.
  • Taught in Indian schools

Bengali

  • 10% percent of speakers claim Bengali as their first language
  • 3% of the total Indian’s population are native speakers
  • Come right after Hindi and English for the most speakers (91 million speakers and growing).
  • Is the language of Indian’s national anthem.
  • Bengali is the main language of North-eastern regions of India, and Andaman, Nicobar Island, and widely used in South Asia.
  • Long ago, the language was recognized as that of Indian’s seculars (who wanted government and religion to be separate) influencing
  • The Bengali language is influenced by the Arabic and Persian languages as a result of India’s history.

Telugu and Marathi languages

  • Telugu and Marathi are similar in their number of speakers that ranges between 82-84 million in each language.
  • Telugu is widely used in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Yanam
  • Speakers of the language can be found as far away as the United Kingdom, Unites Arab Emirates, and Australia.
  • Marathi is used mainly in the western part of the country and has 42 different dialects.

Tamil

  • Ancient language with Dravidian roots that date back 2000 years and has been surviving ever since
  • Tamil is spoken by 67 million people in southern India, near the coast of Sri Lanka.

Other official languages of India that did not make the list include: “Bodo, Dogri, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, and Assamese”.

 

History has shown us that India was (and is) an attraction to merchants, business professionals, travelers from all walks of life, and those who covet its riches. A day in India can still present you with the adventure of a lifetime. The country is worth a visit and doesn’t forget to take us along if you need print, digital or remote language services in Hindi, Telugu, Bengali or English.

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