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The na­tional lan­guage of Nepal, Nepali is the of­fi­cial lan­guage of Sikkim and the Dar­jeel­ing dis­trict of West Ben­gal in In­dia, and is also the dom­i­nant lan­guage of south­ern Bhutan. It is closely re­lated to Hindi and the other lan­guages of North In­dia, and pos­sesses a rich body of mod­ern lit­er­a­ture. Like most lan­guages in the In­dian sub­con­ti­nent, Nepali in­cor­po­rates San­skrit in­flu­ences and is writ­ten in the De­vana­gari script. The greet­ing na­masté com­monly used by Nepali speak­ers has re­li­gious roots and is de­rived from San­skrit. Na­masté gen­er­ally means “I hon­our the God within you”, and may take on an air of def­er­ence when peo­ple of dif­fer­ing so­cial sta­tus and ages are in­volved.

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