Tongues of the World: Tamil

Overview: Tamil is a Dravidian language, meaning that it belongs to a family of languages found mostly in southern India, which at one time might have been dominant all across the Indian subcontinent. It is related to a few other major Indian languages such as Kannada and Telugu, as well as Malayalam, which actually used [...]

Tongues of the World: Marathi

Overview: Marathi is a widespread language native to central and western India, and is the official language of the state of Maharashtra. With nearly one hundred million speakers, it is one of the major languages of India and is spoken all over the world. It has dozens of dialects that can vary a great deal [...]

Tongues of the World: Telugu

Overview: The language of Telugu is also known by many other names, including Tenungu, Tenugu, and Telungu. The name “Telugu” could refer to the traditional boundaries of the region and its foundation in Hindu mythology, or it might be a reference to physical characteristics of the people who once lived there, but the true origins [...]

Tongues of the World: Bengali

Overview: Bengali is one of the most important languages on the Indian subcontinent, as it is the second most widely spoken language in India (after Hindi or Urdu) and the national language of the country of Bangladesh. Bengali culture is often considered to include the Indian states of West Bengal and Tripura in addition to [...]

Tongues of the World: Punjabi

Overview: Punjabi is the most widely spoken language in Pakistan. It is by default “official language” of Sikhs all over the world, second most commonly used language in the United Kingdom, one of the eighteen national languages of India and fourth most spoken language in Canada. Punjabi is most widely written in Shahmukhi script in [...]

Tongues of the World: Hindi

Overview: Hindi, the main language of the South Asian nation of India, has also been called Hindustani, Urdu, and Hindi-Urdu. Certain sources distinguish between “Hindi” and “Urdu” as separate languages, while others claim that they are so closely linguistically related as to be considered one language. Hindi and Urdu share many similarities and have an [...]