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About Meithei (Manipuri) Language

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Meithei Language

Also known by the name of Manipuri, Meithei is one of the predominant languages of India, treated as the official language of the southeastern Himalayan state of Manipur in India.

The language is also spoken by many people residing in the northeastern states of Assam as well as Tripura. Other than that, some people spread over parts of Bangladesh and Myanmar too speak Meithei.

Unfortunately, as on today, Meithei suffers the status of being a vulnerable language; that has been deemed to it by UNESCO; as it is one of the endangered languages in the world.

Technically, Meithei has lexical similarities with Tangkhul Naga and Kuki, and is fundamentally a Sino-Tibetan language. Although initially there were many dialects of Meithei, the differences have only diminished with time and now all the demarcations in dialects that exist between countries of India, Bangladesh, and Myanmar are all related to speech differences.

Primarily, Meithei was written using its very own individual Meithei script, but it was later replaced with Bengali script and for a long time the same went on. However, recently, the Bengali script is getting replaced with Meithei script once again, thanks to local organizations that have tried to spread awareness of the individuality of Meithei language as well as script.

The Meithei language is a Tibeto-Burman tongue spoken in Manipur in northeast India. It is one of 22 official Indian Republic languages and also recognized as its official lingua franca. Written using Meitei Mayek script – an abugida script with consonants having an inherent vowel while others must be indicated with diacritical marks written above, below, before or after them; also taking their names from bodily parts like Kok for head, Sam for hair and Lai for forehead

Meithei language has an intuitive structure and is easy to learn, with free roots used for all nouns – without gender considerations – addressing them based on natural sex characteristics of humans or animals nouns. Like Spanish and Italian, this phonetic-based tongue shares similar fundamentals.

One of the key skills of any language is learning its pronunciation correctly, so having a pronunciation guide and learning basic grammar are both invaluable resources. This book gives an introduction to Meitei grammar with practice exercises designed to help readers grasp its sounds and meanings – especially helpful if traveling through Manipur state or visiting family with Meitei roots! Also recommended as a resource when visiting Manipur state itself!

This book on Meitei contains over 21,000 entries in its dictionary, organized alphabetically with both an English translation and Meitei pronunciation for every entry. Illustrated with gorgeous photos, this must-have book makes learning Meitei effortless!

This book opens with an introduction to Meithei history and the creation of Meitei language, then goes on to cover basic grammar rules as well as writing system and then provides pronunciation aid and example sentences in Meitei language. Furthermore, this text explores cultural heritage of Meitei people along with traditions they uphold.

There are several Meitei books on the market, but this one stands out. Written by an established author and covering all important aspects of Meitei language learning. Perfect for both beginner and experienced learners. Easy reading format provides practical advice to assist language acquisition.

This book of short Meitei stories is both entertaining and easy to comprehend, making it the ideal read with children of any age. Additionally, its message teaches children respect for others while helping to cultivate an appreciation of reading itself. Plus it’s great way of introducing Meitei language to non-speakers! This must-have book can be found both print and e-book formats!


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