Nepal

nepal

Nepal (English: /nɪˈpɔːl/; Nepali: नेपाल [nepal]), officially the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal (Nepali: सङ्घीय लोकतान्त्रिक गणतन्त्र नेपाल), is a landlocked country in South Asia. It is mainly situated in the Himalayas, but also includes parts of the Indo-Gangetic Plain, bordering Tibet of China to the north, and India in the south, east, and west, while it is narrowly separated from Bangladesh by the Siliguri Corridor, and from Bhutan by the Indian state of Sikkim. Nepal is a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, multi-religious and multi-cultural state.

 

Nepal's diverse linguistic heritage stems from three major language groups: Indo-Aryan, Tibeto-Burman, and various indigenous language isolates. The major languages of Nepal (percent spoken as native language) according to the 2011 census are Nepali (44.6%), Maithili (11.7%), Bhojpuri (6.0%), Tharu (5.8%), Tamang (5.1%), Nepal Bhasa (3.2%), Bajjika (3%) and Magar (3.0%), Doteli (3.0%), Urdu (2.6%), Awadhi (1.89%), and Sunwar. Nepal is home to at least four indigenous sign languages. Descendent of Sanskrit, Nepali is written in Devanagari script. It is the official language and serves as lingua franca among Nepali of different ethnolinguistic groups. The regional languages Maithili, Awadhi and Bhojpuri are spoken in the southern Terai region; Urdu is common among Nepali Muslims. Varieties of Tibetan are spoken in and north of the higher Himalaya where standard literary Tibetan is widely understood by those with religious education. Local dialects in the Terai and hills are mostly unwritten with efforts underway to develop systems for writing many in Devanagari or the Roman alphabet.

Digital Resources in languages of Nepal

Audio Bible and Gospel Films are available in several languages of Nepal. Click on Language Name in the below table to access the Language Resource page which provides Scripture resources as well as links to several other materials available in that particular language. If you have any questions or looking for a ministry partnership opportunity, please write to nepal@southasiabibles.com

Language Name Version ISO Code Audio Bible Gospel Films
Bantawa Wycliffe Bible Translators, Inc. bap YES YES
Bhojpuri Revised Old Version bho YES NO
Deukhuri Davar Partners International thl YES NO
Dhimal Dhimal Bible (धिमाल बाइबिल) dhi YES YES
Dotyali Davar Partners International dty NO YES
English English Standard Version - Hear the Word Audio Bible eng NO YES
English Holy Bible, New International Version eng NO YES
English King James Version eng YES YES
Gurung Wycliffe Bible Translators, Inc. gvr YES YES
Hindi Easy-to-Read Version hin YES NO
Hindi Holy Bible, Hindi Contemporary Version hin YES YES
Hindi Indian Revised Version (BCS Audio) hin YES NO
Hindi Sab Ki Version hin YES NO
Hyolmo Wycliffe Bible Translators, Inc. scp YES YES
Kayort Kayort Bible (केवट बाइबिल) kyv YES YES
Kulung 2016 Edition kle YES YES
Limbu ILLA and WBT lif YES YES
Maithili Wycliffe Bible Tranlsators, Inc.  mai YES YES
Nepali New Revised Version npi YES YES
Nepali Nepali Unlocked Literal Bible npi YES NO
Newari 1986 Nepal Bible Society new YES NO
Newari New Revised Version new YES YES
Rajbanshi Nepal 2009 Edition rjs YES YES
Sampang 2008 Translation Movement of Nepal rav YES YES
Sherpa 2015 Wycliffe Bible Translators, Inc xsr YES YES
Sunuwar 2011, Wycliffe Bible Translators, Inc suz YES YES
Tamang, Eastern 2011 Wycliffe Bible Translators, Inc. taj YES YES
Tharu, Dangaura 2018 Wycliffe Bible Translators, Inc. thl YES YES
Urdu Easy-to-Read Version urd YES NO
Urdu Indian Revised Version urd YES NO

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