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Sinhalese, Singhalese or Sinhala?

Sinhala is the officially recognized language in Sri Lanka, along with Tamil. Also known as Sinhalese and previously as Singhalese, it is the language of the Sinhalese people, the largest ethnic group in that country. It belongs to the Indo-European family of languages, which also includes most of the languages ​​of Europe and South Asia. […]

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Where Nepali Is Spoken

We have written a few posts on introducing, slowly, the world of ​​Indo-Aryan or Indic languages (a subset of languages ​​belonging to the group of Indo-European languages, more specifically those that are spoken for the most part in India). The main languages ​​of this linguistic group are Hindi, Punjabi, Bengali, Marathi, Bahari and Assamese. The […]

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Another Dravidian Language: Tamil

It is thought that this Dravidian language (all languages spoken in southeastern India) comes from Brahmin writing, whose origin is rather uncertain. More than 55 million people speak it in India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Canada, the United States, the U.K. and Australia. Its writing system is best suited for literary Tamil, Centamil, but […]

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Where is Marathi spoken?

In other posts we have talked about other Indo-Aryan languages, and we said that these languages are included in the group of Indo-European languages. All Indo-Aryan languages ​​originate from Sanskrit. Marathi is one of the most widely spoken languages ​​in India, mainly in the western and central areas. While a Hindu can distinguish one language […]

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Words That Are Very Difficult To Translate

In 2004 a survey of thousands of linguists around the world was carried out to assess what terms, phrases, expressions, etc. were the most difficult to translate. Why are certain terms so difficult to translate? Do all words have an equivalent in all other languages? Or is there a cultural factor that determines our language? […]

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