If you’re thinking about learning Hindi it’s always good to know a little about the origins and history of the language you are learning. Here, Cactus Language offers up our most interesting Hindi language facts:
Hindi is an Indo-European language and a standardised from of Hindustani, along with Urdu. Hindi is derived directly from Hindustani in North India and was standardised in the 19th century. Hindi and Urdu share significant similarities, and they are still linguistically considered to be two variants of Hindustani.
Hindi is spoken by 366 million people across the world. It is one of India’s official languages and is mostly spoken in the northern half of India. Hindi is also spoken in in Mauritius, Fiji, Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago and Nepal.
English has borrowed a great number of words from Hindi. Examples of Hindi loanwords include avatar, bandanna, bungalow, dinghy, guru, jungle, khaki, karma, loot, mantra, nirvana, punch, pyjamas, sorbet, shampoo, thug, typhoon and yoga.
Each letter of the Hindi alphabet has its own independent and distinct sound. As a result, Hindi words are pronounced exactly as they are written, making the Hindi language easy to learn.
India’s Hindi-speaking regions celebrate Hindi Day annually on 14th September. Hindi Day commemorates the adoption of Hindi as an official language by the Indian Constituent Assembly in 1965.