मराठी (Marathi)

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Marathi is an Indo-Aryan language spoken predominantly by the Marathi people of Maharashtra, India. It is the official language and co-official language in the Maharashtra and Goa states of Western India, respectively, and is one of the 22 scheduled languages of India. There were 73 million speakers in 2007; Marathi ranks 19th in the list of most spoken languages in the world.

Native Speakers: 73,000,000

Region: India

Writing System: Devanagari script

Language Family: Indo-European, Indo-Iranian, Indo-Aryan, Southern Indo-Aryan, Maharashtri, Marathi–Konkani, Marathi

Basic Phrases in Marathi

Hello Hĕlō हॅलो
Goodbye Guḍabāya गुडबाय
Yes Hōya होय
No Nāhī नाही
Excuse me… Malā māpha karā मला माफ करा
Please Kr̥payā कृपया
Thank you Dhan’yavāda धन्यवाद