Tongues of the World: Pashto

Overview: Pashto is the language of the Pashtun people, also known as Afghans (in Persian) or Pathans (in Hindi/Urdu). The exact number of people who speak Pashto, whether as a mother tongue or a secondary language, is unknown but estimated to be above 50 million in most cases. These estimates can vary widely from source [...]

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 [...]