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Celebrating ‘Vishwa Hindi Diwas’ at the Indian Embassy in US, the Charge d’ Affairs of the embassy Amit Kumar said that with Hindi classes conducted by the Indian Embassy for Americans and foreign nationals, more than 9 lakh people in the US can speak Hindi.
According to the American Community Survey (ACS), more than nine lakh people speak Hindi in the US,” Kumar said, on January 16, stating that many schools in the US also teach Hindi as a second language, reported Financial Express.
Sharing his own experience of learning Chinese and working in China, the top Indian diplomat said that speaking in native languages open many doors. “No wonder that we have received enthusiastic response for our free Hindi classes, taught by our teacher of Indian culture Moxraj. I would also encourage you and your friends to learn and promote Hindi as it is a gateway to Indian poetry, literature and Indian philosophy,” he said in his address at the event.
The Indian Embassy started the free Hindi speaking classes for nationals from different countries residing in the US in 2018 and have received an overwhelming response. The embassy has also tied up with renowned American higher education centers like George Washington University and Georgetown University to promote the language among Americans. The Indian embassy is also considering a special plan to connect the new generation of America with Hindi.
Kumar said that there has been a phenomenal interest in learning the language. For the people who are travelling to India for tourism, business and other purposes, learning Hindi could provide a key to win the hearts and minds of people of India, he said.