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Hindi Most Popular Indian Language in U.S.

Urdu, Gujarati and Telugu follow Hindi as the most spoken Indian languages in the United States.


Hindi is the most spoken Indian language in the United States, followed by Urdu, Gujarati and Telugu. Bengali and Tamil are other widely spoken Indian languages, according to the American Community Survey 2016.

The survey found that 810,877 people speak Hindi at home, double the number of Gujarati speakers (407,520). Hindi is the 11th most popular foreign language in the country.

Urdu had more speakers than Gujarati, with 424,482 people conversing in the language, but it includes people from Pakistan as well. Telugu was the fourth most popular Indian language in the United States, with 365,566 people aged over five years speaking it at home. Nearly 3.6 million people in the United States speak Indic and Dravidian languages.

The survey also found that Tamil, Telugu and Hindi speakers were most proficient in speaking English. Nearly 81 percent of Tamilian speakers and 79 percent of Hindi and Telugu speakers reported speaking English “very well.” By contrast, just 56 percent of Bengali speakers and 59 percent of Punjabi spoke English “very well.” Overall, 71 percent of Indian language speakers reported speaking English “very well.”

The survey found that just 22 percent of Americans speak a second language at home. Spanish was the most popular foreign language with more than 40 million speakers, followed by Chinese with 3.4 million speakers.

Source: American Community Survey 2016, US Census Bureau


American Community Survey 2016.

1 Comment

  1. ken

    October 13, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    India has more English speakers than Great Britain and most of them are polyglots and yet India is unable to provide equal education regardless the medium of instruction through transcription,transliteration and translation. Most world languages have modified their alphabets and use most modern alphabet in writings. Vedic Sanskrit alphabet have been modified to Devanagari and to simplest Gujanagari(Gujarati) script and yet Hindi is taught in a very printing ink wasting complex script to millions of children in India. Why not adopt a simple script at national level?

    Each consonant produces these 15 sounds when combined with vowels.
    ્,ા,િ,ી,ુ,ૂ,ૅ,ે,ૈ,ૉ,ો,ૌ,ં ,ં,ઃ
    ə ɑ: ɪ iː ʊ uː æ ɛ əɪ ɔ o əʊ əm ən əh ……..IPA
    ạ ā i ī u ū ă e ại ŏ o ạu ạm ạn ạh…………..Roman Diacritic
    a,aa,i,ii,u,uu,ae,e,ai,aw,o,au, am,an,ah…Type able

    अ आ इ ई उ ऊ ऍ ए ऐ ऑ ओ औ अं अं अः………..Devanagari
    અ આઇઈઉઊઍ એ ઐ ઑ ઓ ઔ અં અં અઃ……….Gujanagari(Gujarati)
    a ā i ī u ū æ e ai aw o au an am ah…….Roman

    क ख ग घ च छ ज झ ट ठ ड ढ ण
    ક ખ ગ ઘ ચ છ જ ઝ ટ ઠ ડ ઢ ણ
    ka kha ga gha ca cha ja jha ṭa ṭha ḍa ḍha ṇa

    त थ द ध न प फ ब भ म य र ल व
    ત થ દ ધ ન પ ફ બ ભ મ ય ર લ વ
    ta tha da dha na pa pha ba bha ma ya ra la va

    श स ष ह ळ क्ष ज्ञ
    શ સ ષ હ ળ ક્ષ જ્ઞ
    sha sa ṣa ha ḽa kṣa gya

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