Lesser known interesting facts about Hindi

  • Even though Hindi has evolved mainly from Sanskrit, but many of its words find their origin in Arabic or Persian
  • The word “hindi” as itself originated from a Persian word “hind” which means the land of Indus River
    Hindi is also spoken in Mauritius, Surinam, Trinidad and Tobago, South Africa and New Zealand
    Hindi and Nepalese share the same script – Devnagari
  • Many English words have also been derived from Hindi, for eg. chutney, loot, bungalow, guru, jungle, karma, yoga, thug, avatar and many more


  • The earliest form of Hindi was called Apabhramsa, which was an offspring of Sanskrit
  • In 400 AD, the famous Indian literary playwright, Kalidas, wrote a romantic play in Apabhramsa called Vikramorvashiyam
  • “Prem Sagar” is believed to be the first book published in Hindi, the book contains tales of Krishna and is published by Lalloo Lal
  • Along with 6 other Indian languages, Hindi can also be used to create web URLs
  • In 1881, Bihar became the first Indian state to accept Hindi as its sole official language, replacing Urdu
  • Hindi language includes 11 vowels and 33 consonants
  • Unlike in English, in Hindi all nouns have genders, either masculine or feminine. Adjectives and verbs change according to gender.




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