I'm glad you made that point. I'm not indian, but I thought that was common knowledge.
In my small (16,000) town in northern bc canada I guessed the most common indian language was punjabi (statscan agrees) and I know some who speak gujarati. I don't actually know anyone who speaks hindi (I think).
@gemlog Hello sir from snowy #Toronto. This a common misconception. Most people think Indians speak Hindi. In Canada, Punjabi must be the most spoken. But in India it is a minority language at best. Hindi in its many forms is spoken by at best half the population (this can be disputed because they lump together its many forms). Bengali is the next biggest. Punjabi is 12th at best. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_languages_by_number_of_native_speakers_in_India#List_of_languages_by_number_of_native_speakers
@aab1dh Hello :-)
I am very far from Toronto, that would be nearly a 5,000km trip by road
I know punjabi is a minor language, but it is popular where I live - this whole area actually
It's like there was so much canto when I lived in vancouver in my youth that I thought it was the major language in china!
BTW, I live here: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Terrace,+BCemail@example.com,-112.0506403,4.47z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x54749994f30f4865:0x318a4a1d19918a52!8m2!3d54.5181925!4d-128.6031539
In the 2016 census of my town only 5 people reported speaking hindi. Only 5 gujarati too, but I know more than that personally. 145 Punjabi. 0 Bengali
@gemlog 😭 Yes that makes sense. As the famous Japanese saying goes -- a frog in a well thinks he is in the Ocean. When I was growing up in Southern India, Kerala, we spoke Malayalam. I had similar assumptions back then. Thank you for the insight on Terrace. If I do come to BC, I would love to take a trip to see your town.
@aab1dh Thank you. I like the Japanese saying.
But canada is a big outfit and the only outstanding thing about my town is that I happen to like it :-)
There are plenty of other places to visit with more attractions.
Although, the major attraction is wilderness - and we have plenty of that! Only 37 million ppl in the 2nd largest country in the world by area.
This means that it is very easy to take a walk and get lost in no time :-)
@gemlog The BC side wilderness is definitely on my bucket list. 😀
@aab1dh Which state are you in?
@gemlog You mean which province?
@aab1dh Ha ha! :-)
I was caught up in all the news of ppl in india today!
Your profile didn't provice a clue otherwise.
Yes, I'm aware we have provinces ;-)
@gemlog Haha you confused me there for a second. 😆
@aab1dh sorry about that.
At least I had to look up my town in statscan and correct our wikipedia page, because your post made me curious about the actual language distribution as opposed to my perception of it.
@gemlog I thought for a second if you are asking me about my state of being. Nirvana types. 😭
Hello from Singapore. 🙂
Here, the official Indian language is Tamil, probably because most migrants to Singapore from the Indian subcontinent are from that ethic group.
@sohkamyung @gemlog Yes I heard the Tamil songs in pubs there are awesome. I studied in Chennai most of my life. Picked up some Tamil there. Fun fact: Here in Toronto, Scarborough has a lot of Tamilians. Mostly from SriLanka. Fun fact 2: Apparently Canada has the second largest Tamil expat population after the UK.
That's it! Thanks :-)
This new priest is a fiend for mushroom picking and fishing. Anyhow, one day we were out fishing for salmon and I'd seen a story on the BBC about a woman in Coimbatore and I asked him how to pronounce it, not knowing it was his home town. Plus - he knew the woman even!
@gemlog @sohkamyung Yes it’s a smaller city. Chennai is big. Coimbatore is also very lush green. Tamil Nadu, the state, falls on the Leeward side of the Western Ghats. So it’s a dry semi-arid place in general. Coimbatore however was saved from this fate by the Palghat pass which allows for the monsoon rains to reach it. The Nilgiri Reserve Park is beautiful. The city was also known as Kovai in the past.
Here she is:
Indian granny's one rupee breakfast wins hearts
Kamalaathaal has been serving up delicious meals in the southern Indian city of Coimbatore for the past 30 years - and she has not increased her prices since the day she launched her business.
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