Nepal - Languages





Nepali is the official language, although some 20 different languages divided into numerous dialects are spoken. Nepali is spoken by about 90% of the population and is the language for most intertribal communication; it is used in government publications and has been the language of most of the written literature since the Gurkha unification of Nepal. More than 11% of the people speak Maithili as their first language, 7.6% Bhojpuri, 4% Tharu, and about 3% Newari and Tamang each. Except in primary schools, where children are taught in their own language, Nepali is the medium of instruction. English is taught as a second language in secondary schools and colleges and is widely understood in business and government circles.

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Dec 22, 2009 @ 4:04 am
This article is very much fruitful for the students of Language and Linguistics like me. This can also a good vehicle of information for anyone willing to know about the languages in the world and primarily the languages in Nepal
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Sep 20, 2010 @ 9:09 am
Hi my name is Cecilia and I worked for the Community Services Board in Hampton and Newport News, State of Virginia, USA. HNNCSB provides services in the area of Mental Health, Substance abuse and Intellectual Disability Services. I am a member of the Cultural Steering Committee. I thought that maybe you can help me. We have an individual that is in need of someone to interpreter for him. He speaks Nepali and no one in the company is able to interpreter for him. I am an spanish-english interpreter so maybe someone who does Spanish or English will be able to help him so he can receive services. Sorry for taking a few minutes of your time but we really would like to be able to help him. You can respond to my e-mail addres. Thanks
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Nov 9, 2010 @ 4:16 pm
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