For a lot of people, what first comes to mind are the widely spoken East Asian languages: Chinese, Japanese and Korean. What about South Asian languages like Hindi and Bengali? Furthermore, many languages that originated in Asia are spoken elsewhere by diaspora communities, and languages like English , French and Portuguese have made inroads into Asian countries and even developed into new unique varieties. Some are practical reasons.
An insatiable appetite for ancient and modern tongues. The Indian subcontinent is an area of great linguistic diversity where close to languages are spoken. Politically, it is divided into seven independent countries: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives not shown in the map. Population density is very high, the whole area being inhabited by some 1. Language isolates, which are not related to any known family, include Burushaski, Kusunda and Nahali. Tibeto-Burman is spoken in Bhutan, Nepal and Ladakh part of Jammu and Kashmir in northwestern India as well as in the extreme northeast of the subcontinent by 1.
There is a wide variety of languages spoken throughout Asia , comprising different language families and some unrelated isolates. They usually have a long tradition of writing, but not always. Several other families are regionally dominant. The Indo-European languages are primarily represented by the Indo-Iranian branch.
All courses need a quorum of five students, and the availability of some courses may not be confirmed until the beginning of the teaching year. These introductory courses are designed for people having no previous knowledge of the language or its script: they start right at the beginning, and give the student a good grounding in all the requisite linguistic skills. If you are thinking about learning a South Asian language, do not be put off by unfamiliar scripts or fear of the unknown: a uniquely rewarding experience awaits you, and knowledge of the language opens doors to the culture of the region as nothing else can. Would you like to start learning the Devanagari script — used for Hindi, Nepali and Sanskrit? Go straight to our on-line resource at: www.