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Nepal Bhasa
नेपाल भाषा
Native to Nepal, Sikkim
Ethnicity Newa people
Native speakers 846,000 (2011 census)  (date missing)
Language family
Early forms:
Classical Newari
  • Nepal Bhasa
Sindhupalchok Pahri
Writing system Devanagari, Kutakshari script, Ranjana script, Prachalit script, Brahmi script, Gupta script, Bhujimol script, Golmol script
Official status
Official language in  Nepal, Sikkim
Regulated by Nepal Bhasa Academy
Nepal Bhasa Parishad
Language codes
ISO 639-2 new
ISO 639-3 Either:
new – Modern Newar
nwx – Middle Newar
Linguist List nwx Middle Newar

Nepal Bhasa is a language. Newah Bhaaye is the term used for Nepal Bhasa by native speakers. It is a Himalayan language of Tibeto-Burman branch of the Sino-Tibetan group. It is to be noted that it has been incorrectly called by the term ‘Newari’ by westerners and non-Newars of Nepal. Nepal Bhasha shares the feature of Kirant and Tibetan dialects of Northern Himalayas. It consists of five major dialects and several sub-dialects spoken by Newa people living throughout the country.