Hindi is an Indo-European language - linked therefore to French and German when Finnish and Hungarian aren't! It is spoken mainly in northern and central India and is an Indian official language. Originally, Hindi sprang from Sanskrit and has much Persian and Arabic vocabulary. It is closely related to Urdu - the two languages are mutually intelligible.
The number of Hindi speakers is large at 310 million native speakers, mainly in India. Hindi is the fourth most spoken language in the world in terms of numbers of speakers, after Chinese, Spanish and English.
Written left to right, Hindi uses the Devanagari script- certainly one of the world's most attractive scripts. Devanagari has 34 consonants and 12 vowels - though the vowels are indicated by diacritics. Consonant clusters are formed into ligatures which have a particularly ornate form - and sometimes little connection with the original consonants. The language can be transliterated into a Latin script. There are a variety of computer keyboard layouts for the language.
Google Hindi is the dominant search engine, with 95% market share.
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