Nepalese English

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Nepalese English refers to a variety of English principally used in Nepal that is heavily influenced by Indo-Aryan languages of Nepal.

Many Nepalis speak English as a second or foreign language, with English use being most prevalent among city dwellers residing in Kathmandu (the capital of Nepal). Although Nepali is the native language, English is the primary language used for business in Nepal.[1] In Nepal, where modern English education began in the 1850s, there is little or no consensus among teachers and practitioners on whether to follow British, American or Indian variants of English, or allow the development of a Nepal-specific variety of English.[2]

Colloquially Nepalese English is known as Nenglish (a term first recorded in 1999), or, less commonly, as Nepanglish (2000) or Neplish (2002).[3]

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  1. ^ "Government of Nepal reached an agreement on Madhesi demand to introduce English as language of education in Nepal : United Nations Charter" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-05-11.
  2. ^ "Nenglish: An Inevitable Reality or Merely a Mirage".
  3. ^ Lambert, James. 2018. A multitude of ‘lishes’: The nomenclature of hybridity. English World-wide, 39(1): 28-29. DOI: 10.1075/eww.38.3.04lam