The Marathi Language
Marathi, the official and a co-official language of Maharashtra and Goa states of India, is one of the 22 scheduled languages of India. As the third most common native language in India, and containing 42 dialects, it is spoken by 83 million people as a first language, and 12 million as a second language.
Marathi shares vocabulary and influences from Persian, Arabic, Portuguese, Spanish, English, and French languages. Like English, in its written form, Balbodh, a version of Devanāgarī script, is written from left to right and uses Western punctuation.
Beyond the borders of India, Marathi speakers live in New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, Israel, Canada, and the United States.