Background and status
Hindi is the national language of India, but it is one of several languages spoken in different parts of the sub-continent (India has 22 official languages). 'National' should be understood as meaning the 'official' or 'link' language. The homeland of Hindi is in the North of India, but it is studied, taught, spoken and understood widely throughout the sub-continent, whether as mother tongue or as a second or a third language. It is very difficult to tell exactly how many people speak Hindi, and whether it is their first or second language, because Hindi can refer to the language of Standard Hindi or it can also refer to other Hindi dialects, such as Khariboli Hindi. However, the latest estimate puts the figure at around 260 million speakers. How many of these are Standard Hindi speakers, it is impossible to tell, but it is theorised that it is around the figure of 180 million.
The country of India is comprised of many states. Each state has an official language, and Hindi is the official language of many of these states, such as Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, and Delhi. These states might also have other languages that are officially used, such as Urdu, but Hindi is their main language. Similarly, Hindi is the co-official language of many other states.
Growth and usage
Hindi is the primary official language of the Union government of India and was envisioned to be the sole language within governments and bureaucratic matters. However, due to resistance from many individual areas of India that wanted to keep their traditional languages, English is also still used very widely. Both Hindi and English are still used for official documentation.
India is a heavily populated country, the second most populated in the world. Translating into the Hindi language, you will be able to communicate and connect with people who are not easily reached. Language Inc. offers a wide variety of services including translation of financial documents, legal papers, medical research protocols, as well as consumer products, pharmaceutical prototypes, technical manuals and technology texts into and from Hindi.