English to Nepali & Nepali to English Dictionary
Nepali Dictionary is a bilingual dictionary that translates any word from English to Nepali or Nepali to English. It is a part of Language Networking, a social and educational initiative by KHANDBAHALE.COM, and is free and open to all for non-commercial use. It is recognised as an accurate and authentic language resource by scholars and experts and can also be downloaded as software and apps for multiple devices for online and offline use.
About the Nepali Language
Nepali Nepalese (नेपाली), is a language in the Indo-Aryan languages. It is the official language and de facto lingua franca of Nepal and is also spoken in Bhutan. Nepali has official language status in the formerly independent state of Sikkim and in West Bengal's Darjeeling district as well as Assam. Nepali developed in proximity to a number of Indo-Aryan languages, most notably Pahari and Magahi, and shows Sanskrit influences. However, owing to Nepal's geographical area, the language has also been influenced by Tibeto-Burman. Nepali is mainly differentiated from Central Pahari, both in grammar and vocabulary, by Tibeto-Burman idioms owing to close contact with the respective language group. Nepali language shares 40% lexical similarity with Bengali language. Nepali has a rich literary tradition, with the earliest known work being the "Ramayana" written in the 14th century by the Nepali poet Madhav Kumar Nepal. It has produced many poets and authors, including Bhanubhakta Acharya, who is considered to be one of the greatest poets in the language. Nepali script is called "Devanagari" script, it is widely used for writing other languages such as Hindi, Sanskrit and Marathi. Despite its rich history, Nepali has faced challenges in recent years with the rise of English and other languages. This has led to a decline in the use of Nepali, particularly among the youth. However, there are efforts to preserve and promote the language, such as the inclusion of Nepali in the curriculum of schools and the establishment of Nepali-language radio and television programs. In recent years, the use of technology has also helped to promote the language, with the internet and social media providing a platform for Nepali speakers to connect and share information. Nepali is a rich and unique language with a long history and a rich literary tradition. Despite facing challenges, there are efforts to preserve and promote the language, and with the help of technology, it is possible for the language to continue to thrive in the future.
Spoken In : Nepal, India, Bhutan
Native Speakers: 17 million (2007)
Language family: Indo-European > Indo-Iranian > Indo-Aryan > Northern > (Eastern Pahari) > Nepali
Writing system: Devanagari script (Nepali alphabet) Nepali Braille
Official language in: Nepal, India (in Sikkim and Darjeeling district of West Bengal)
Regulated by: Language Academy of Nepal
Language codes: ne (ISO 639-1), nep (ISO 639-2, ISO 639-3)
Nepali language was first called the Khas language (Khas kurā), then Gorkhali or Gurkhali (language of the Gorkha Kingdom) before the term Nepali (Nepālī bhāṣā) was taken from Nepal Bhasa. Other names include Parbatiya