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11. Posted by helloworld (Budding Member 12 posts) 9y

As you would have seen there can be no consensus in this ;)

If you want to be able to understood in all the major cities
--"all over" india-- then, that one language would have to be ENGLISH!!!

Hindi is more or less universally understood in all of North India and most parts of the NorthEast also.
In the Southern states it is a different story!
In Karnataka & AndhraPradesh, Hindi would be fairly understood only in the major cities.
But in Kerala & TamilNadu you wouldnt fare too well with Hindi even in the major cities, it would have to be English or the local regional language viz., Malayalam or Tamil respectively.

To clarify the mention about "Official Language"; this term has two contexts:
1. Official Language of the Union -- which can be Hindi and/or English
2. Official Language of States/Union Territories -- this is decided by the respective State/Union Territory. The second link given by Hien has a detailed list.

12. Posted by Prem (Budding Member 39 posts) 9y

Lovely topic :)

Well All Indian languages came from basic thing called - Sanskrit.

Now its almost gone, No one writes or even speak.. then comes main language of India - Hindi.

If you learn Hindi.. you can talk in Delhi, UP, Bihar, Gujarat, Punjab, Mumbai, Goa, Kerala, Karshmir, even people in south indian states like Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, & Karnataka can understand Hindi well.

So I think you should go for Hindi.. Only problem you can get is in Tamilnadu where people somehow dont like Hindi ( No personal comment to anyone ) but yes they do speak english so it will not be a problem.

About Bangalore (Where i Stay) There are so many people coming from north indian states (I am also one of them) for IT jobs. All I like about Bangalore is its amazing weather as well friendly people. You need not worry in Bangalore about language bcoz an Auto driver, newpaper supplier, bus driver, even servant (maids) also speak english.. :)

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 4, 2007, at 12:05 PM by Prem ]

13. Posted by Ahila (Inactive 1529 posts) 9y

Quoting Prem

Well All Indian languages came from basic thing called - Sanskrit.

There are many who would disagree. See this or this, for example.

I know this is a long-standing point of dispute amongst scholars into the origins of South Indian languages and something best left out in this forum, but just felt like pointing out the other view as well. :)

If you learn Hindi.. you can talk in Delhi, UP, Bihar, Gujarat, Punjab, Mumbai, Goa, Kerala, Karshmir, even people in south indian states like Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, & Karnataka can understand Hindi well.

I agree with you there. English and some basic Hindi phrases should help tide any visitor through their sojourn in India.

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 4, 2007, at 6:04 PM by Ahila ]

14. Posted by aprilsgal (Full Member 161 posts) 9y

Hey...

I dont think Andhra Pradesh should be added to this list.... People in hyd speak a lot of hindhi due to the nizam influence .... but i think rest of andhra is not exactly hindi friendly!!! even in bangalore, i find tamil is a better option than hindi (assuming u dont know kannada!)

but like others said, communication in this country wont be a hassle... where hindi wont work, english will... :)

If you are going to tour this country and you have specific regions in mind, mebbe u shd try picking that language up rather than hindi alone!! :) happy learning...

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