Two most spoken languages of Bhutan are Dzongkha and
Nepali. Dzongkha, the national language of Bhutan, is spoken in most parts
of Bhutan, while Nepal is mainly used by the people of southern region, for
most of them have their roots Nepal. Other languages and/or dialects spoken
in Bhutan are Assamese, Limbu, Santali, Sherpa, Assamese, Gurung, Western
Gurung and Eastern Magar.
Dzongkha and English
Dzongkha is an offshoot of Tibetan language. Meaning of Dzongkha is the
language spoken in the dzong. It does match to Tibetan in some ways, but
uses different style of scripting. Most people related to tourism industry
can understand and speak English. In schools too, English is used to teach
subjects such as mathematics, science and geography. Several local dilects
are used in central and eastern parts of Bhutan. Study of Dzongkha is
compulsory in all schools of Bhutan. The number of dialects listed in Bhutan
is 24. All of these dialects are living.
Many sounds in Dzongkha language do not have a match in the English
language. It is difficult to write the exact pronunciation in English. But
most consonants in Dzongkha language are pronounced in same manner as in
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