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Bodo (बड़ो)

Bodo is a Sino-Tibetan language spoken by about 1.3 million people in the northeast of India and in Nepal. It is spoken in Assam, where it is one of the official languages, and also in Alipurduar, Cooch Behar, Jalpaiguri and parts of West Bengal, where it is known as Mech. It is also one of the 22 scheduled languages of India.

There are three main dialects of Bodo: Western Bodo, Eastern Bodo and Southern Bodo.

Bodo was formerly written with the Assamese or the Latin alphabets, and since 1963 it has been written with the Devanagari alphabet. It was first written by Christian missionary in the late 19th century. Some believe a script called Deodhai was used by the ancient Bodo people, however details of it have been lost.

Bodo has been used as a medium of instruction in primary schools in Bodo-speaking areas since 1963. It is also used in secondary schools and in one university

Bodo alphabet and pronunciation

Bodo alphabet and pronunciation


The consonants ख, च, ट, ड, ड़, थ, फ, श and ष are only used in loanwords and names.

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Details of the Bodo alphabet and pronunciation supplied by Wolfram Siegel


Information about Bodo

Sino-Tibetan languages

Angami, Bai, Bodo, Burmese (Myanmar), Miju, Tangut, Zou

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