Languages of Delhi
There is no mother tongue of Delhi as people of all communities and religions live here. However, English, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi and many of the other Indian languages are the key languages spoken in the city. At the independence movement the Urdu language became increasingly identified with Muslim community alone. When Urdu was decided to be the national language of Pakistan, Hindi became the national language of India and the mother tongue of Delhi. Punjabi language speaker can also be seen here. This is because Delhi exists on the edge of Punjab and more than fifteen thousands of Punjabi’s from Pakistan settled in here after partition.
Few of the road signs can be seen in English, Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi. English is familiar to almost all Delhi citizens generally used by business persons for official purposes. English seems to be a major mode of communication for people as all the local residents, shopkeepers, guides. Even the taxi drivers and rickshaw pullers can be seen communicating in English with foreign traveler. But a basic knowledge of Hindi is essential to survive here. Few other languages are also used in Delhi like Sindhi, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Tamil, Malayalam and a lot more. Not only the Indian languages but also the western and central Asia and even of Europe could be heard while wandering in the streets of Delhi.