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The word "Nepali" written in Devanagari
|Native speakers||20 million (date missing)e18|
|Official language in|| Nepal|
India (Sikkim, West Bengal)
|Regulated by||Nepal Academy|
|ISO 639-3||nep – inclusive code|
npi – Nepali
dty – Doteli
World map with significant Nepali language speakers
Dark Blue: Main official language,
Light blue: One of the official languages,
Red: Places with significant population or greater than 20% but without official recognition.
|This language has its own Wikipedia project. See the Nepali language edition.|
The Nepali language is the official language of Nepal. Besides Nepal it is spoken in India, Bhutan and parts of Burma. In the Indian states of Sikkim and West Bengal also it is an official language. This language is also known as Gorkhali Language or Khaskura. It is believed to have originated from the ancient Sanskrit language from which it takes many words. It is written in Devanagari style of writing which is similar to Hindi. It is spoken throughout Nepal and is the mother tongue of more than half of the population. It is also used by the Government of Nepal for all official purposes. In Nepal it is compulsory to study Nepali language as a subject until Grade 10 (High School).
- Richard Burghart 1984, pp. 118-119.