What is the main language of your country?

India
December 30, 2008 7:33am CST
There are people from many countries in mylot here. I am from India. In my country other than English as International language, people use Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannad, Bhojpuri, Urdu, Bengali, Gujrati, Punjabi, Nepali, Arbi, Asamia etc. There are many others too. What is the main language of your country?
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• China
30 Dec 08
China, so Chinese. Glad to meet you, my friend. In my college there had been a foreign teacher from India.
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• India
30 Dec 08
Glad to know that you have one Indian teacher. I like your country. But do not know whether would be able to visit in my life. Here in India, so many people of China resides through generations. Welcome to India, if you ever come here. Happy new year..
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• Philippines
30 Dec 08
Same here in our country. Lots of Chinese. But the problem with these chinese is that they are the capitalist who were becoming Filipinos. I must admit that I also have a chinese root. Also, there are lots of indians in our place especialy the Sikhs. the indians in our place are famous for their black market loan grants to the lower classes which is often pegged with 20& interest rates. That is why indians are called 5-6 which means you borrow them 5, you pay them 6.
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• India
31 Dec 08
Hello finescribe, sorry to know that Indians in your city charge so high rate of interest. But the generalization, perhaps, is not true for all. So, to label all Indians as you have spoken is not justified. If one or some people do something unacceptable, the whole nation cannot be blamed. In every part of the world, we can find some good and some bad people irrespective of their nationality. But that should not lead to generalize statement for the whole nation. Thanks anyway for response..
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@janjee (160)
• Philippines
30 Dec 08
I'm from the Philippines. The main language is Filipino though English is widely used and understood. Aside from these languages, there are many dialects spoken here such as Cebuano or Bisaya, Ilonggo (Hiligaynon), Ilokano, Bicolano, Kapampangan and a lot more. But the languages used by the mass media (TV, radio, newspaper) are Filipino and English.
• Philippines
30 Dec 08
before you say that these are dialects, try to view the definition of a dialect. A dialect is a variant of the main language which is A dialect is a variety of a language that is a characteristic of a particular group of language speakers. Now when you say dialect, it is completely understandable to the main language. Is tagalog language the same with Cebuano Language? Absolutely not. This is due to the fact that anyone speaking in Tagalog could not understand Cebuano per se and vice versa. Most people find it wrong to define other languages in the Philippines as a form of dialect because of the tagalog Imperialism! Now if I were to answer the question posed by thread starter, in our city we practice speaking only two language, Cebuano and English. Cebuano for our daily conversation and at the same time our mother tongue, and English for the formal usage and business transaction. We don't speak a foreign language which we call Tagalog. Tagalog is something which foreign to us and even its speaker is abhorred in our city.
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@janjee (160)
• Philippines
30 Dec 08
Well, I did not say that Tagalog is our main language, did I? I said that it is Filipino. If that's the case, what then are the dialects in the Philippines? Do you mean that Tagalog is the only dialect in the Philippines because only Tagalog is completely understandable to the 'national' language which is Filipino? I understand your sentiment over the Tagalog imperialism and I agree with you, the Filipino language is the same as Tagalog! Only the name is changed. They just borrowed few words from Cebuano, etc. so as to make it the "Filipino" language. In fact, I do not speak Tagalog. I speak Bisaya and I am living in Mindanao. You stated that you abhor a Tagalog speaker there and that Tagalog is foreign to you. Do you not consider English foreign? :) Peace and Happy New Year to you!
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@ronnyb (6119)
• Jamaica
1 Jan 09
I am from Jamaica and the main language is English.We have a dialect called patois or creole but many persons dont view it as a language because of its localiztion.In addition to which it is a modification of the English Language.
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• India
2 Jan 09
Hi ronnyb, thanks for response and happy new year. For being in mylot I have so many friends from different parts of the world. Thanks mylot team
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@williamjisir (22902)
• China
31 Dec 08
Hello arkadeb. The main language in our country is mandarine although there are a lot of dialects. However many dialects we have, the written words are the same.
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• India
31 Dec 08
Hello friend williamjisir, in our country the picture is entirely different. Though Hindi is our national language, except a few, almost all the states have different languages and many have their dialects too. The spoken and written form are also different. Knowing one will not help much in understanding the others. Happy new year and thanks for response..
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• Malaysia
31 Dec 08
I am from Malaysia. The main language are English, Malay, Chinese, Indian and also others. It may depends on what race you are here.For me, I speak English, Malay and also Japanese and know a little of Chinese and Indian too.
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• India
31 Dec 08
Congratulations friend , it is really good to know that you know so many languages. I wish I could also have known a few more languages. Have you learned them in any institute or just have picked up from use? Happy new year and thanks for response..
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@maroseqf (3657)
• Philippines
30 Dec 08
We have many dialects here in the Philippines but our main language is Filipino. Some might say that Tagalog is our main language but Filipino is officially declared as our national language.
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@vimaal (3365)
• India
30 Dec 08
hi friend, me too from India. take care have a nice day. happy mylotting.
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@cooiky (548)
• China
30 Dec 08
i am from China, chinese is the main language.there are aslo many localisms.but i can not spell them in english
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• United States
3 Jan 09
The main of language of my country is English. I live in the United States and English is the only language that I know and can speak.
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• India
4 Jan 09
Hi sweetbabyjane, thanks for your response and good luck
@vidhyagowri (1976)
• United States
4 Jan 09
I am from India too. I speak Tamil which is my mother tongue. Other than that I can speak English and Hindi.