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Hindi, Hindustani, Urdu

Hindustani is a the name of a group of languages spoken in Pakistan and northern India; its written forms include Hindi and Urdu.

One of the 15 official languages of India, Hindi is generally written in the Devanagari (Sanskrit) alphabet.

  • Many people in Mauritius and Fiji speak Hindi.

Urdu, the official language of Pakistan, is closely related to Hindi and is written in a form of Arabic script.

  • Pakistan’s official languages are English and Urdu.