Category Archives: English in Nepal

English as the Language of Medical Humanities Learning in Nepal: Our Experiences

Language is a touchy issue among students. Many Nepalese medical schools admit students from Nepal, India, Sri Lanka and few students from other countries. Most Nepalese students have Nepali or Nepal Bhasa (Newari) as their mother tongue. The Indian students … Continue reading

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English as an Official Language in Nepal

In this time of growing tension of the status of languages in Nepal, I believe we need to discuss some issues related to English. English is not mentioned in debates among the public or in the government nor in the speech … Continue reading

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Nepanglish: Teaching English in Nepal

Many scholars, pundits, essayists including poet Laxmi Prasdad Devkota (essay “Hi Hi Angergi”) have highlighted the importance of English language and its rising influence in Nepali society. No English, no future, parents tell their kids. With a strong desire to … Continue reading

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Double Roles of English in Nepal

A famous British linguist David Crystal estimates that more than two billion people speak English presently. He further claims that this statistics is increasing every year because people have to learn English in order to keep them updated with the … Continue reading

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Teaching English in multicultural contexts: more challenges and even more opportunities

English has already become an inevitable part of the education in Nepal though there are many challenges to make its teaching more effective. Those challenges include techniques of teaching to macro-level educational language planning in Nepal. One of the major … Continue reading

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Nepal Languages

Languages: Nepali (official) 47.8%, Maithali 12.1%, Bhojpuri 7.4%, Tharu (Dagaura/Rana) 5.8%, Tamang 5.1%, Newar 3.6%, Magar 3.3%, Awadhi 2.4%, other 10%, unspecified 2.5% (2001 census) note: many in government and business also speak English (2001 est.) Index Mundi. Read more…

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