Languages In Nepal

Monday, September 24, 2007

Over the past few decades, the literacy of Nepali people have reached to quite good level. Though the village areas are yet to have literacy awareness programs and most of them are still below the literacy level, the urban areas have over 90% of the people literate. Since the schools have English as a compulsory subject, most of the Nepalese people do tend to speak the universal language in Nepal.

The national language of Nepal is Nepali language, often called Nepalese language. The grammar of the Nepali language is quite similar to the Sanskrit language. The Nepali language is not so hard to learn but it is too difficult to master as well. I guess this happens to most of the languages in the world. Nepal has lots of ethnic groups and most of the Nepalese ethnic groups speak their own language. The Kathmandu Valley has been ruled by Newars and the basic natives are Newari people who speak Nepal Bhasa language often called Newari language. The other distinct languages are spoken by the Gurungs, Magars, Rais, Limbus, Tamangs, and Sherpas. In the Teria, Hindi and Maithili are widely spoken and understood.

If you are a tourist, and although learning a few words of Nepal is a good idea and widely appreciated, there is one word every visitor should learn – “Namaste.” This universal Nepalese greeting translates literally as “I salute all divine qualities in you: but it is used as “hello, how are you, pleased to meet you, see you again” and generally a nice thing to say.


Charnette said...

I just found your blog... via google! ;) Just wondering, I've been looking under every stone and rock in Kathmandu for a book to learn Nepal Bhasa. Couldn't find one. Do you know anything of such a book - if there is one, or maybe some school where I could learn? It would be very nice of you to let me know if you have any information, since I really need to learn this language!
Thanks - I like your blog very much! :)

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