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How does it work in countries with multiple languages?

For example, India has 22 different languages. How does that work?

by Anonymousreply 6September 15, 2021 4:33 AM

There's usually an official language in which government business is conducted. In India's case, it is English. But as you go around to different cities, different languages are dominant depending where you are (sometimes dependent on what the dominant religion is). Hindi is the most popular language, but Urdu is popular in Muslim-dominated parts of the country, like Delhi; in the Bengal region, where Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) is, Bengali is dominant.'

It creates tons of problems. There have been language riots in India's history, particularly in the region near Mumbai. When candidates run for nation-wide office, their parties are usually signified by symbols because they cannot be sure every person in India will be able to speak any one language (but a local speaker can tell a village in their native language, "Be sure to vote for the candidate whose symbol is the wheel, because that's the party you want").

by Anonymousreply 1September 14, 2021 5:01 AM

Interesting, R1! Thank you.

by Anonymousreply 2September 14, 2021 5:02 AM

The same way it works in California.

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by Anonymousreply 3September 14, 2021 10:49 PM

I used to live in Brussels, where both French and Flemish/Dutch are spoken by nearly everyone. Shops right next door to each other may be speaking a different language. Most people can switch effortlessly between the two (and most speak English, as well)

by Anonymousreply 4September 14, 2021 10:57 PM

They speak english a lot in India, its the bridge language along with hindi.

by Anonymousreply 5September 15, 2021 4:28 AM

Ugh r3

by Anonymousreply 6September 15, 2021 4:33 AM
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