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Who do you speak Telugu with?
"I use it when speaking with my family and friends.

The speakers of the language would mean to me that they are from my ethnic community called andhra's or telugu's.

Telugu is my mother tongue and is widely spoken in Southern India... a state called Andhra Pradesh. We speak it to our family members at home apart from English. Yes, it is a written language. It feels great to speak in telugu language to our friends who r also from the same state..and few who know to speak telugu. It is a dialect from the ancient language of all called Sanskrit in India. Telugu has mix of Dravidian and Sanksrit mix." Leelavathi Avadhanula

"Telugu is spoken in the state of Andhra Pradesh (about 80 million speakers) in India I am sure it is spoken by many immigrants from Andhra Pradesh to the British Isles. The language has its origins traceable to about 2nd to 3rd century AD. It belongs to the indo-dravidian group of Languages." Laxminarayan Duvvuri

Telugu in India and the world :
"Spoken mostly in south Indian states." Prasad Paravatha

"It's a written language with well developed writing system, vocabulary and grammar.

Telugu belongs to the family of Dravidian languages and is the official language of the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. It is also one among the 23 official national languages of India. 19th century Englishmen called it the Italian of the East as all words in Telugu end with a vowel sound. It is also the second largest language in India, next only to Hindi. It's the first language (Mother tongue) for around 80 million people world over and spoken by another 30 - 40 million people.

Telugu is one of the Dravidian Languages widely spoken in South India by approximately 70 million people. Being a mellifluous language, it is called, by its admirers as the 'Italian of the East'." Bhanu Gorthy

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Telugu in the British Isles by Viv Edwards

Telugu is a member of the Dravidian family of languages, spoken in Andhra Pradesh and neighbouring states in southern India. In addition to being the official language of Andhra Pradesh, it is one of the 23 official national languages of India and has the largest number of speakers after Hindi. There is a large Telugu diaspora with important communities as far afield as Bahrain, Fiji, Malaysia, Mauritius, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates, and the USA. An estimated 75 million people worldwide speak the language.

In a UK context, Telugu speakers form one of the smaller Indian language communities. There is, however, a Telugu Association of Scotland. Founded in 2001 and based in Glasgow, it organizes events throughout the year. Although it serves primarily as a forum for Telugu speakers in Scotland, people from other parts of the UK are welcome to take part in its activities.

Telugu writing is believed to be descended from the ancient Brahmi script and has similarities with a number of other scripts in south east Asia, including Burmese Thai and Khmer. Like many other Indian languages, it has a very long literary tradition with the first inscriptions dating back to the seventh century and the golden age was considered to be in the sixteenth century. The basic unit of writing is the syllable, which is written from left to right. A new written standard based on the modern spoken language was introduced in the second half of the twentieth century. Prior to this point, a very archaic form of Telugu was used.

Your Comments
What is your experience of Telugu?

sanjaykar gurram from hyderabad
yes it is right,telugu is said to be italian of the east,as all the words in telugu end with a vowel sound.

Bala Subrahmanyam Tadepalli from Hyderabad
Telugu language ranks Asia's 7th and world's 14th in the number of native speakers who speak it as their mother tongue. The speciality of the language is that it can transliterate almost all languages of the world with the help of its 52 written characters.

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