Fiji Hindi

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Fiji Hindi
फ़िजी बात
Fiji Baat
Native toFiji, with significant minorities within Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and the United States.
EthnicityIndo-Fijians and the Indo-Fijian diaspora
Native speakers
(460,000 cited 1991)[1]
Devanagari, Kaithi, Latin script, Perso-Arabic script, Devanagari Braille, Urdu Braille, English Braille
Signed Hindi
Official status
Official language in
Language codes
ISO 639-3hif

Fiji Hindi or Fiji Urdu is an Indo-Aryan language which is the mother tongue of 313,000 people of Indian and Pakistani origin in Fiji.

This language is very different from the standard Hindi spoken in India and the relationship between the two languages are similar to those between Dutch and Afrikaans. The language is composed of the Eastern Hindi dialects (Bhojpuri and Awadhi) with numerous English and Fijian words. It is spoken with a Pacific twang.

In recent times, due to the political upheaval in Fiji, large numbers of Fiji Indians have migrated to Australia, New Zealand, United States and Canada, taking the Fiji Hindi language with them.

References[change | change source]

  1. Fiji Hindi at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)

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