Language of Meghalaya

Meghalaya is one of the beautiful states of northeast India. Meghalaya is literally translated to the ‘abode of clouds’ in Sanskrit. This state has the most beautiful landscapes, the mountains, hills, waterfalls and rivers make Meghalaya a great tourist destination. The three major tribes of Meghalaya are the Khasi, Garo and Jaintia.

Khasi is the official language of Meghalaya that was recognized as an “associate official language” in the year 2005. It is spoken by more than 900,000 people in Meghalaya mostly by the people living in Khasi Hills. There are many tribes in Meghalaya and the local languages spoken are Khasi, Pnar, Garo and English as the official language. Meghalaya is one of the states of India however Hindi is not spoken as widely as they do in many other states of the country.

The tribal people have developed a certain form of accent hence it might be difficult for some outsiders to easily understand what they speak. Khasi people are related to Khmer (Cambodians) and this reflects in their language and sounds as well. They may not speak Hindi as much but they are well learnt and many of them know the language. Almost all the people in Meghalaya can speak English well especially in towns and urban areas. English is also one of the official languages of Meghalaya and is easier for travelers to communicate with the locals whenever they visit the state.

However as you start to explore offbeat trails and places in Meghalaya you will realize that the majority of the people speak Khasi and most of them cannot speak Hindi or English. Khasi language is the most spoken language in Meghalaya and while visiting the state learning some important phrases of Meghalaya language will be really handy and useful.

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