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Nepali is a member of the Indo-Aryan language family, spoken by 12,300,000 in Nepal (2011 census), 2,870,000 in India (2001 census), and 156,000 in Bhutan. The worldwide population of Nepali speakers is estimated at 15,360,100. The language is also called Nepalese.

Nepali is the national language of Nepal. Most of the country’s population speaks Nepali as a 1st language, and many speakers of Nepal’s 122 other languages speak it as a 2nd language.

Nepali is the official language of Sikkim, an Indian state in the Himalayas, and in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal.

The sound system and grammar of Nepali share many features with other Indo-Aryan languages. The basic vocabulary of Nepali is Sanskrit in origin, but over the years the language has also borrowed words from other languages. While written Nepali is mostly influenced by Sanskrit, spoken Nepali has many loan words from neighbouring Tibeto-Burmese languages.

Nepali was first used in writing during the 12th century AD. It is written with the Devanagari Alphabet.

(Information adapted from About World Languages – http://aboutworldlanguages.com/nepali)

Language and Culture Course

Subject information – Stage 1 and Stage 2
This subject enables students to undertake the study of Nepali which is not currently available through any other framework for languages.

Students should have some background in or prior knowledge of Nepali, and will have studied the language for 400-500 hours by the -me they have completed Stage 2, or have the equivalent level of knowledge.

They develop and apply linguistic and intercultural knowledge, understanding, and skills to interact and communicate appropriately and effectively in Nepali in a variety of contexts for a range of purposes and audiences.

Students develop and extend their ability to communicate across cultural boundaries.

Stage 1 – Credits: 10 or 20
Stage 2 – Credits: 10 or 20 (School of Languages offers 20 credits course only)

Stage 2, 20 credit subjects can contribute to first 60 credits for ATAR.

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