Braj (ब्रज भाषा‎)

Braj is a Western Hindi language spoken in the Braj region of central India, particularly in the northwest of Uttar Pradesh and in eastern Rajasthan, and also in Delhi, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh. In 2011 there were about 1.5 million speakers of Braj, which is also known as Braj Bhasha, Bijbhasha, Braj, Braj Bhakha, Bri, Brij Bhasha, Briju, Bruj, Daihaati Zabaan or Dehaati Zabaan.

Braj was the main literary language in central India from the 16th century until the 19th century, when Hindi replaced it. It is written with the Devanagari alphabet, and is used in literature and the media. Braji literature consists mainly of poetry based on mystical and spiritual themes.

Braj alphabet and pronunciation

Braj alphabet and pronunciation

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Sample text (Acts 5:29)

लोगन की आज्ञा ते बढ़िकें परमेस्वर की आज्ञा कौ पालन करबाई हमारौ कर्तव्य है।

Transliteration

logan kī āgyā te baṛhikeṅ parmesvar kī āgyā kau pālan karbāī hamārau kartavya hai.

Translation

Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to a obey God rather than men.

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Sample videos in Braj

Links

Information about Braj
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Braj_Bhasha
https://www.ethnologue.com/language/bra
https://learnbraj.wordpress.com/
https://glottolog.org/resource/languoid/id/braj1242

Indo-Aryan languages

Angika, Awadhi, Assamese, Bengali, Bhili, Bhojpuri, Bishnupriya Manipuri, Braj, Chakma, Chhattisgarhi, Dhivehi, Dhundari, Domari, Erromintxela, Fiji Hindi, Garhwali, Gujarati, Hajong, Halbi, Haryanvi, Hindi, Indus Kohistani, Jaunsari, Kalderash Romani, Kangri, Kannauji, Kashmiri, Khandeshi, Konkani, Kotia, Kumaoni, Kutchi, Lambadi, Lovari Romani, Magahi, Mahasu Pahari, Maithili, Marathi, Marwari, Modi, Nepali, Odia, Palula, Parkari Koli, Punjabi, Rajasthani, Rangpuri, Rohingya, Romani, Sadri, Saraiki, Sarnámi Hindustani, Sindhi, Sinhala, Shina, Sirmauri, Sourashtra, Sugali, Sylheti, Tanchangya, Torwali, Urdu

Languages written with the Devanāgarī alphabet

Aka-Jeru, Angika, Avestan, Awadhi, Balti, Bantawa, Bhili, Bhumij, Bodo, Bhojpuri, Braj, Car, Chamling, Chhattisgarhi, Dhimal, Dhundari, Dogri, Garhwali, Gondi, Gurung, Halbi, Haryanvi, Hindi, Ho, Jarawa, Jaunsari, Kannauji, Kham, Kangri, Kashmiri, Khaling, Khandeshi, Kharia, Korku, Konkani, Kumaoni, Kurukh, Lambadi, Limbu, Lhomi, Magahi, Magar, Mahasu Pahari, Maithili, Maldivian, Malto, Marathi, Marwari, Mundari, Newar, Nepali, Onge, Pali, Rajasthani, Rangpuri, Sadri, Sanskrit, Santali, Saraiki, Sirmauri, Sherpa, Shina, Sindhi, Sunwar, Sylheti, Tamang, Wancho, Yakkha, Yolmo


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