Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: Indiaspeak: English is our 2nd language

  1. #1
    Greatest Ghonchu Lieutenant General crazy_fog's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Nowhere
    Posts
    61,624
    Rep Power
    100

    Lightbulb Indiaspeak: English is our 2nd language



    More Indians speak English than any other language, with the sole exception of Hindi. What’s more, English speakers in India outnumber those in all of Europe, barring the United Kingdom. Not just that, India’s legion of the English-speaking is also more than twice as large as the population of the UK.
    These facts emerge from an analysis of census 2001 data on bilingualism and trilingualism in India that has been released recently. The data also revealed Indians’ prowess at speaking many languages. As many as 255 million Indians speak at least two languages and 87.5 million speak three or more languages. In other words, about a quarter of the population speaks more than one language.
    While English was the primary language for barely 2.3 lakh Indians at the time of the census, more than 86 million listed it as their second language and another 39 million as their third language, taking the total number of English speakers in India at the time to over 125 million.
    The only language with more speakers was Hindi with 551.4 million, consisting of 422 million for whom it was the primary tongue, 98.2 million for whom it was the second language and 31.2 million who listed it as the third language.
    Bengali, which was the second largest Indian language in terms of primary speakers, is third. Including those who spoke it as their first, second or third language gives 91.1 million, way behind English.
    Telugu, with 85 million speakers in all, and Marathi (84.2 million) retain their position behind Bengali, as does Tamil with 66.7 million and Urdu with 59 million. But, behind these, the positions again change when the second and third language speakers are included. Gujarati now falls behind Kannada though in terms of primary speakers it had a sizeable lead (46.1 million compared to 37.9 million).
    Karnataka’s linguistic variety means many have other languages as their first language but Kannada as a second language. This adds 11.5 million to the ranks of Kannada speakers and another 1.4 million use it as a third language. In total, thus, Kannada had 50.8 million speaking the tongue in 2001 compared to Gujarati’s 50.3 million.
    Similarly, Oriya overtakes Malayalam thanks to the 3.3 million who listed it as their second language and 3.2 lakh who said it was their third language. Thus the number of Oriya speakers was 36.6 million against 33.8 million Malayalam speakers. Punjabi (31.4 million) and Assamese (18.9 million) are also among the most spoken languages.
    Unfortunately, the census asked people to list only up to three languages, so the numbers of those who speak more than three is not known. Also, the data pertain only to those above the age of five since the census assumed that those aged 0-5 know only their mother tongue.
    As you would expect, urban Indians are much more likely to be multi-lingual. But 136.7 million rural Indians speak at least two languages and 40.4 million speak at least three, meaning about one-fifth speak more than one language.
    In urban India, 118.4 million speak at least two languages and 47.1 million speak at least three. That means about 45% of those who live in India’s cities and towns can speak more than one language.


    Away from God, away from happiness.



  2. #2
    SB Wizard Captain Rajput99's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Posts
    3,900
    Rep Power
    95

    Default

    nice dood..........tfs++

  3. #3
    New Born
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    192
    Rep Power
    85

    Default

    This is just great. I am so loving this, something MNS and other clowns would not like. ******* 7 stars to this.

  4. #4
    SB Champion Lieutenant anupamdan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    1,805
    Rep Power
    88

    Default

    Nice info.....Repzz added !! tfs

  5. #5
    Greatest Ghonchu Lieutenant General crazy_fog's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Nowhere
    Posts
    61,624
    Rep Power
    100

    Smile

    Quote Originally Posted by Rajput99 View Post
    nice dood..........tfs++
    Quote Originally Posted by Tariel View Post
    This is just great. I am so loving this, something MNS and other clowns would not like. ******* 7 stars to this.
    Quote Originally Posted by anupamdan View Post
    Nice info.....Repzz added !! tfs

    Thnx 4 reply and Repzz....

    Away from God, away from happiness.



  6. #6
    SB MahaGuru Colonel veeru paaji's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    ....
    Posts
    15,856
    Rep Power
    96

    Default

    nice ..........

    thanx 4 sharing

Similar Threads

  1. How to speak english fluently ???
    By theachiever in forum General Discussion
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 16-02-2010, 05:06 PM
  2. Female Hindi Names - And Meanings - CHECK URS R UR GF
    By hotspicyhot in forum General Discussion
    Replies: 171
    Last Post: 25-12-2009, 05:58 PM
  3. Facts about English Language, must read
    By prashant_ai in forum General Discussion
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 09-09-2009, 10:36 PM
  4. [[ English Language Oddities ]]
    By kaps58 in forum General Discussion
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 02-09-2009, 04:29 PM
  5. English is a crazy language.
    By rishabhd in forum General Discussion
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 11-08-2009, 06:59 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •