Language is the ability to acquire and use complex systems of communication, particularly the human ability to do so, and a language is any specific example of such a system.
India is a land of diversity with people from different sects of the society living all together in unison. Being a perfect amalgamation of different cultures, religions, beliefs, and of course, languages too; India is considered to be home to 461 different languages, some long lost and some till present.
Kashmiri, one amongst these 461 languages, is an Indo-Aryan language close to Rigvedic Sanskrit. Though the Kashmiri language has thousands of loan words mainly from Persia and Arabic, it is considered as an Indo-Aryan language and is primarily spoken in the Kashmir Valley and Chenab regions of Jammu and Kashmir from ages now. With around more that 5.5 million speakers in and around India, the language is one of the 22 scheduled languages of India.
Travelling to Kashmir or any other place that has a different dialect could be quite a tough task if you are unaware with some of the commonly spoken words in the region. So, to ease your Kashmir travel woes here is a collection of Kashmiri phrases which might help you to communicate with the local people there.
When in Kashmir greet people by saying Halo or Assalām ‘alaikum.
- How are you?
In Kashmiri: Teuh chiv värai?
- Fine, thank you
In Kashmiri: Ähansa, Me-Her-Bae-Ni
- What is the time?
In Kashmiri: Vakhėt kyāh āv? Or Kāç bajeyi?
- Tell the people that you don’t know how to speak Kashmiri by saying
Mê chunė käshur tagān
- Nice to meet you
In Kashmiri: Tö-hi Mel-Yiţh Gā-Yi Ma War-Yah Kush-Ti
- Where is the taxi?
In Kashmiri: Taxi kati che?
- How far away is the city?
In Kashmiri: Shāhr kotāh dūr chu?
Take note of these phrases and be confident to use them the next time you are in Kashmir. See you soon!