Gujarati, also known as Gujarathi, is spoken as a first language by over 45.7 million people in India; it’s one of the 22 official languages and 14 regional languages of India, plus one of the minority languages of neighboring Pakistan. As well as being the medium of everyday communication in the Indian state of Gujarat, it’s also widely spoken in expatriate Gujarati communities throughout the world.
Did you know? Mahatma Gandhi rarely spoke English, instead taking great pride in the languages of his native India—speaking and writing most often in Gujarati. As he said, “Our languages are the reflection of ourselves”! The people of Gujarat are so courteous that in conversation they add the suffix ‘Bhai’ (brother) or ‘Ben’ (sister) to the name of the person addressed, their peaceful belief system an integral part of their language.