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Language Information

Nepali is the national language of Nepal. It is the mother tongue of about 12 million people there and is spoken fluently as a second language by about 2 million others. Nepali is also spoken in the Indian states of West Bengal (especially in the city of Darjeeling) and Assam, as well as in the Indian protectorates of Bhutan and Sikkim. All told, there are close to 15 million speakers of the language.

Nepali is one of the Indic languages and is thus related to Hindi and, more distantly, to the other Indo-European languages. The alphabet is the same as that used for Sanskrit and Hindi.

Nepali is spoken/used in the following countries:
Bhutan, India, Nepal.

Language Family
Family: Indo-European
Subgroup: Indo-Iranian
Branch: Indic

Copyright © Kenneth Katzner, The Languages of the World, Published by Routledge.

Writing Sample

Writing Sample


One day a dog who had taken a piece of meat from a butcher shop set off for home. On the way he came to a large river. Over the river there was a bridge. While running across the bridge the dog looked down and saw his reflection in the river. Thinking that this was another dog with a piece of meat in its mouth, he set out to take it for himself. When he barked the meat fell from his mouth into the water. Not seeing the meat in the mouth of the dog reflected in the water, he remembered the meat which he himself had been holding. But no matter what he did, he could not find the piece of meat that had fallen into the water.