How many languages are spoken in India? Many people would be surprised to learn the figure reaches almost 450—but considering the size of India and its long history, it’s not that unexpected. Many of the languages spoken in India, including Hindi, come from the Indo–Aryan language family, the “Indo” side of the Indo–European family. Another is the Angika language, sometimes considered a dialect of Maithili, which is spoken across the Anga region of northeastern India and southern Nepal.
Unfortunately, like many of India’s minority languages, Angika is in danger of extinction. It has around 750,000 speakers but is threatened by the ubiquity of Hindi, which is the official language in the area where Angika is spoken. However, that doesn’t mean that Angika speakers don’t deserve reliable translation services—even if most translation agencies refuse to work with endangered languages like Angika. TranslationServices.com is happy to step up and offer professional Angika translation services, as we recognize the value that Angika has not only to its speakers but also to the world as a cultural asset.
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Let’s learn about Angika!
In India, Angika speakers are concentrated in the Munger, Bhagalpur, and Banka districts of Bihar as well as the Santhal Pargana district of Jharkhand, which has accorded the language status as a “second language.” In Nepal, it’s spoken in the Morang district. Angika is considered one of the languages in the world, originally being written in the Tirhuta and Kaithi scripts. Nowadays, it’s written in the Devanagari script, which is also used for Hindi and numerous other languages in India. Angika is not classified as a scheduled language of India, although Angika advocates are pushing for its inclusion.
Angika is an Indo–European language, like English, but that doesn’t mean it’s similar to English at all. The language has several cases, but many are indicated through postpositions rather than pure inflection. It’s a split-ergative language, using nominative–accusative alignment most of the time but ergative–absolutive alignment in specific cases, which is common in Indo–Aryan languages. Essentially, this means that in certain circumstances, the subject of an intransitive sentence is marked the same as the object of a transitive sentence. Angika also exhibits a high degree of honorificity, with different pronouns used to denote different levels of formality or respect.
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Translating Angika to and from English
Our Angika translators are experts in their language and know precisely how to translate to and from English for a variety of contexts. They can work with Angika-language content in different scripts to translate historical documents in Angika or contemporary literature in the language, great for those wishing to spread knowledge of the language and culture abroad. Our translators also work with English-language texts, translating them into Angika for books, websites, apps, and other content that you may like to make accessible in Angika. Our translators can do it all.
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