I knew where Nepal was before Raiders of the Lost Ark. Did you?

by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2010/09/03 07:01 -04:00, original URI: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/michkap/archive/2010/09/03/10057586.aspx


THE WINDOWS 7 NEPALI LANGUAGE INTERFACE PACK IS LIVE!

(Click here to download the Nepali Windows 7 LIP via the Microsoft.com Download Center)

Please note that the Nepali  Windows 7 LIP can only be installed on a system that runs an English client version of Windows 7.   It is available to download for both 32-bit and 64-bit systems.

The Nepali Windows 7 LIP is produced as part of the Local Language Program sponsored by Public Sector.

A LITTLE BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON NEPALI:

NUMBER OF SPEAKERS:

20 million speakers worldwide

NAME IN THE LANGUAGE ITSELF:

नेपाली  

Nepali (sometimes also referred to as "Nepalese") is the official language of Nepal where it is spoken by 11 million people as a mother tongue and by about 2 million people as a second language. Nepali is spoken indigenously over most of western Nepal, then progressively less further to the east.  It is related to Hindi but has borrowed fewer words from Persian and English (instead using more Sanskrit derivations) and it has been influenced by the neighboring Tibeto-Burman languages.

Nepali is also official language in the Indian state of Sikkim and is spoken by substantial minorities in parts of Assam West Bengal (around Darjeeling) and in the country Bhutan.

Interesting features of the language include the socio-linguistically complex pronouns (there are different forms depending on the social status of the person spoken to or of) and the existence of parallel negative conjugations of verbs.

FUN FACT:

Nepali developed a significant literature within a short period of hundred years in the nineteenth century. The contribution of trio-laureates Poudyal, Devkota, and Sama took Nepali to the level of other world languages. The contribution of expatriate writers outside Nepal -- especially in Darjeeling and Varanasi -- is also notable.

CLASSIFICATION:

Nepali belongs to the so-called Pahari languages (including, for example, Hindi), a group of Indo-Aryan languages spoken in the lower elevations of the Himalaya which belong to the Indo-European language family.

SCRIPT:

Nepali is written in Devanagari script (which is also used for Hindi, Marathi, and several other languages).

Enjoy!


Otaku on 3 Sep 2010 9:34 AM:

My first wife was Nepali. God she was a crazy woman!

Pavanaja U B on 3 Sep 2010 9:33 PM:

Thanks that MS is now releasing both 64 and 32 bit versions. I wish Kannada LIP was last in the list and not first so that I could have got 64 bit version. Any chance of releasing 64 bit versions of previously released LIPs which were only 32 bit?

Regards,

Pavanaja

Michael S. Kaplan on 8 Sep 2010 11:42 AM:

Check out the blog today, it has your answer!

Basanta Acharya on 5 Feb 2011 8:59 AM:

Really good news for Nepali People like me. I am searching this नेपाली


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