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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.Telugu is one of the top fifteen most widely spoken languages in the world. There are approximately 10,000 words in Telugu currently. 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 the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, and is also spoken in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Orissa, and Pondicherry, with major populations in Bangalore and Chennai. Outside India, it is also spoken among a the Telugu diaspora in the USA, Malaysia, Mauritius, South Africa, Ireland, Fiji, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Réunion, Trinidad and the UK.