Telugu/Introduction

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Introduction  —  History  —  Dialects  —  Literature

Transliteration  —  Alphabet  —  Grammar  —  Common Phrases


Distribution of native Telugu speakers in India.

Telugu (తెలుగు telugu) is a Dravidian language (South-Central Dravidian languages) mostly spoken in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, where it is the official language. Including non-native speakers it is the most spoken Dravidian language, the second most spoken language in India after Hindi, and the third most spoken language in the Indian sub-continent after Hindi and Bengali. It is one of the twenty-two official languages of the Republic of India. It is widely spoken in Andhra Pradesh and also spoken in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Orissa, and Pondicherry, with major populations in Bangalore and Chennai. It is also spoken among a diaspora population in the USA, Malaysia, Mauritius, South Africa, Ireland, Fiji, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Réunion, Trinidad and the UK among other countries around the world. Telugu is one of the top fifteen most widely spoken languages in the world. There are approximately 10,000 words in Telugu currently.