Telugu తెలుగు is a language spoken in the southern part of India and the Peninsular part of Malaysia. It is the official language of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. It is one of the twenty-two scheduled languages of the Republic of India. Telugu is the second most spoken language in India and 15th largest spoken language in the world. As it is one of the oldest languages in the world, Government of India gave it the status of a Classical language.
|Region||Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Yanam|
|81 million (2011)|
L2 speakers: 11 million
Official language in
In dark blue, Telugu is spoken by a majority. In light blue, it is spoken by a significant minority.
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With 56 letters [16 vowels and 36 consonants, 4 removed], Telugu has more letters in its alphabet than any other language. There were letters for sounds Al, Aluu, which were later removed from the alphabet. Every Telugu word ends with an vowel.
Achchullu అచ్చులు (vowels) change
అ ఆ ఇ ఈ ఉ ఊ ఋ ౠ ఎ ఏ ఐ ఒ ఓ ఔ అం అః
Halullu హల్లులు (consonants) change
క ఖ గ ఘ ఙ
చ ఛ జ ఝ ఞ
ట ఠ డ ఢ ణ
త థ ద ధ న
ప ఫ బ భ మ
య ర ల వ శ
ష స హ ళ క్ష ఱ
Ankelu అంకెలు (Numbers) change
౧ ౨ ౩ ౪ ౫ ౬ ౭ ౮ ౯ ౧౦
- Telugu at Ethnologue (22nd ed., 2019)
- "Statement 1: Abstract of speakers' strength of languages and mother tongues – 2011". censusindia.gov.in. Office of the Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India. Archived from the original on 16 July 2019. Retrieved 2018-07-07.
- "West Bengal shows 'Mamata' to Telugus". The Hans India. 2020-12-24. Archived from the original on 23 December 2020. Retrieved 2020-12-31.