Today’s spotlight language is Hindi. Below, we offer background and interesting facts about the language, as well as information to help you find Hindi children’s books.
Where is it spoken?
Hindi is the official language of India (along with English). Hindi is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. There are approximately 425 million speakers worldwide.
How Many People Speak Hindi in the US?
According to the most recent US Census data, there are about 670,000 Hindi speakers in the US. There are large Hindi speaking populations in New York, New Jersey, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and California.
Interesting Facts About Hindi
Hindi is a relatively easy language to read. It is written left to write, is phonetic, and doesn’t include articles like “a” or “the.”
It’s important to use the correct formal or informal style of speech in context, depending on whom you are addressing.
Nouns are either masculine or feminine, and affect adjective and verb use.
The most common greeting in Hindi is “namaste,” and handshakes are only common in certain situations, not in everyday life.
Hindi Books – Bilingual Children’s Books
Teachers frequently ask for suggestions on some of the best bilingual Hindi storybooks and audio books for kids. Some popular and engaging stories with text in both English and the Hindi language include: The Wheels on the Bus, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and Little Red Hen and the Grains of Wheat. There is also an illustrated Hindi-English dictionary with audio for children.
Do you speak Hindi, or know someone who does? Comment below and share your interesting language facts!
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