Hindi Facts

The study of Hindi today grants entry to one of the world's oldest and greatest civilizations. Knowledge of Hindi provides a fascinating alternative perspective, quite apart from that afforded by the English language, on the re-emergence of Indi

Family: Indo-European
Branch: Indic
Continent of Origin: Asia
Country of Origin: India
Countries where Official: India
Number of Native Speakers: 366,000,000
Number of Total Speakers: 487,000,000
  • The Hindi alphabet consists of 11 vowels and 33 consonants.
  • The Devanagari script used HINDI VERSION is derived from the ancient Brahmi and is closely related to other Indian scripts such as Gujarati and Bengali.
  • Hindi was originally a variety of Hindustani spoken in the area of New Delhi.
  • There are hundreds of Hindi dialects.
  • The Hindi language has been enriched by Persian, Turkish, Farsi, Arabic, Portuguese, and English.
  • Today, Hindi is widely spoken in South Asia (India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bhutan), South Africa, Mauritius, the USA, Canada, Trinidad, Fiji, Surinam, Guyana, Yemen, Uganda, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, and Singapore.

Students who feel that Hindi is too far removed from their modern everyday concerns may wish to note that Hindi is a distant relative of English. Where do you think the words 'juggernaut', 'dungarees' and 'sherbet' originate?

Today the internet provides significant opportunities to people to learn Hindi, wherever you are. Some of the major Web Sites are: