SOAS University of London

South Asia Section, School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics

Languages of South Asia at SOAS: Nepali

Nepali is the national language of Nepal, spoken as a mother-tongue by over 50% of Nepal’s 20 million people, and as a second language by almost all other Nepalis. It is the official language of Sikkim and the Darjeeling district of West Bengal, and is also the dominant language of southern Bhutan.

Nepali is used as a lingua franca by large Nepali communities all over Himalayan India; it is closely related to Hindi and the other languages of north India, and possesses a rich body of modern literature.

See the article in the Nepali Times, by Professor Michael Hutt, on learning and teaching Nepali at SOAS some 15 years ago.

Nepali is not being taught at SOAS in 2019/20 due to staff retirement.