Hindi – World’s second most spoken language

Hindi language is one of the two official languages of India and is spoken by the Hindustan. Hindi belongs to the Indo-European language family and is a Modern Indo-Aryan language developed from ancient Sanskrit. Spoken in the central and northern part of India and Central Territory of Delhi, DC area, it is the most commonly used language of India and the world's second most spoken language, second only to Chinese. Urdu shares the same background with Hindi and is an official language of Paki...
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Nepali – Indian language spoken in Nepal

Nepali is an Indian language spoken in Nepal, Bhutan, India and Myanmar. Being the official language of Nepal, Nepali is spoken by around half of the Nepalese as their native language while the rest learn it as their second language. It is spoken also in eastern Nepal, Indian Territory Uttaranchal and Himachal Pradesh. The language spread from Pahari language from the most eastern part of Nepal, a group of language spoken in low-lying areas of the Himalayas. It has a close linkage with some Tibe...
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Sino-Tibetan languages – Burmese

Burmese is a phonetic language with a total of 33 consonants, which form a syllable with a vowel. Burmese has four tones and is the official language of Brunei spoken by 28 million people. Yangon is the modern Burmese which uses Yangon pronunciation as the standard pronunciation. The written form is characterized by its round shape. Burmese belongs to Burmish languages of the Tibeto-Burman group in Sino-Tibetan languages. The language is spoken by many and its long history and rich written re...
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First invented in 1283 by King Ramkhamhaeng, Thai

Thai, formerly called Siamese, is the official language of Thailand. It is currently used by about 50 million people. Thai script, used in Thailand, is the writing system used to label Thai. It was first invented in 1283 by King Ramkhamhaeng, the third king of the famous Kingdom of Sukhothai, and is also the second son of the establisher of the Kingdom, King Intharathit. The alphabet system of Thai script inherited ancient Indian Sanskrit. Being an analytic language, different tones of Thai h...
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Residents living on riverside – Tagalog

Filipino (Tagalog in Filipino) is mainly used in the Philippines and is also widely used in Sabah of Malaysia, the Northern region of Indonesia and Singapore. Filipino was made to be the official language of the Philippines by the Filipino constitution in 1987. Among the about 170 local languages in the Philippines, Filipino is the only one having the status as the official language. In Filipino, the original meaning of “Tagalog” is “residents living on riverside”. During the development o...
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Originated from Ancient Chinese – Cantonese

Cantonese is a tone language in the Sinitic languages under the family of Sino-Tibetan languages. It is distributed in the regions of Guangdong, Guangxi, Hong Kong and Macau. The origin of Cantonese is Yayan, spoken in the ancient Central Plain region of China, was spread to the region of Liangguang (Guangdong and Guangxi) during Qin and Han dynasties and was then infused with the local Baiyue language (ancient Yue language). Although it is defined by China as one of the seven dialects of Chines...
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Official language of Vietnam – Vietnamese

Vietnamese, used by a population of more than 90 million, is the official language of Vietnam. Although languages in most of the Southeast Asian countries have been under great impact from Indian culture, Vietnamese, like Korean and Japanese, have been influenced hugely by the culture of Chinese characters. During the Chinese rule from 1st century AD to 10th century AD, a massive amount of Chinese vocabularies was introduced into Vietnamese, in which its pronunciation (Sino-Vietnamese) is sim...
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Hierarchical Language – Japanese

Japanese is a language spoken mainly by the Yamato people in Japanese archipelago, and is also the official and the most common language in Japan. Japanese is heavily influenced by Chinese and has a lot of Chinese characters. The writing system consists of 50% Chinese characters, 30% hiragana and 20% katakana. Japanese takes various forms, spoken and written, simple and honorific, general and polite, male and female, the aged and the young. Different industry and occupations also have differe...
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Birth of Old Malay – Bahasa Melayu

Bahasa Melayu is a major language in Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Brunei, the Philippines and part of Indonesian island Sumatra. The 7th century saw the birth of Old Malay in South Sumatra. Old Malay had a lot of loanwords from Sanskrit and was widely used as a trade language. After the 14th century, there were dialects emerging in Malaya, Jakarta and Ambon. During then, the language spoken on the islands of South Pacific was simplified Malay. The Standard Malay spoken in Malaysia is also c...
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Differences between “North Korean” and “South Korean”

Korean is the official language of South Korea, while in North Korea (Chosŏn) it is called Chosŏnmal (Chosŏn Language). Both refer to the same language. The labelling method of Korean is divided into Chinese characters and Korean letters, with the former being ideogram while the latter being phonogram. Thus, Korean mingles two kinds of writing systems. Due to a long-term influence from Chinese culture, it is generally accepted that Chinese characters became massively used in Korean since 4th ...
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