English to Santali and Santali to English Dictionary
Santali Dictionary is a bilingual dictionary that translates any word from English to Santali or Santali 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 Santali Language
Santali Santali (Ol Chiki: ᱥᱟᱱᱛᱟᱲᱤ), also known as Santhali, is the most widely spoken language of the Munda subfamily of the Austroasiatic languages, related to Ho and Mundari, spoken mainly in the Indian states of Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Mizoram, Odisha, Tripura and West Bengal. It is a recognised regional language of India per the Eighth Schedule of the Indian Constitution. It is spoken by around 7.6 million people in India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal, making it the third most-spoken Austroasiatic language after Vietnamese and Khmer. Santali has a rich oral tradition, with many traditional songs, stories and folklore passed down through generations. The earliest written texts in Santali date back to the 19th century, when Christian missionaries developed a writing system for the language. Santali script is called "Ol Chiki" script, it is based on the script used by the Santals, which is a tribe that speaks the language. Despite its rich oral tradition, Santali has faced challenges in recent years with the rise of other languages such as Bengali, Hindi and English. This has led to a decline in the use of Santali, particularly among the youth. However, there are efforts to preserve and promote the language, such as the inclusion of Santali in the curriculum of schools and the establishment of Santali-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 Santali speakers to connect and share information. Santali is a rich and unique language with a long oral tradition and a rich cultural heritage. 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 : India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan
Native Speakers: 6.2 million (2001)
Language family: Austroasiatic > Munda > North Munda > Kherwari > Santali
Writing system: Latin, Ol Chiki ᱥᱟᱱᱛᱟᱲᱤ
Language codes: sat (ISO 639-2, ISO 639-3)