Nepālī (also known as Gorkhalī and, historically, as Khas Kurā or Parbatīya) is a member of the Indo-Aryan group of languages. Today Nepālī is spoken by more than 17 Mio. people as their mother-tongue. Moreover, Nepālī has been the lingua franca of the central and eastern Himalaya for centuries. Nepālī is not only the national language of Nepal, but is spoken in parts of India (especially Sikkim and Darjeeling), Bhutan and Tibet as well. Anyone who plans to travel, work or do research in that area will benefit from learning Nepālī. Furthermore, there is a yet relatively young but rich literary tradition to be explored.
For the last few years a much acclaimed “Nepali Intensive Course” has been run at our department within the frame of our Summer School Programme, in which many a students have acquired a basic command of the language thanks to the profound and at the same time entertaining style of teaching of Laxminath Shrestha. To further develop the students’ skills Nepali reading classes form part of our regular schedule.
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