Meghalaya is a state in the northeastern part of India. The name Meghalaya means the abode of clouds in Sanskrit. Meghalaya is a hilly region. Meghalaya has many places to visit and Shillong and Cherrapunjee are some of the most visited places and touristic places of Meghalaya. Meghalaya has three tribes Khasi, Garo, and Jaintia.
Languages of Meghalaya
The languages spoken in Meghalaya depend upon the tribes as each tribe in Meghalaya has its own language. The tone of speaking any of the languages is slightly different in Meghalaya. Khasi is the official language of Meghalaya. Khasi people are related to Khmer people (Cambodians) and this reflects in their language and sounds as well. The way they speak any language is different. Khasi was recognized as an "associate official language" of Meghalaya in the year 2005. This language is spoken by more than 900,000 people in Meghalaya.
In Shillong, Meghalaya, the languages spoken are Khasi, Pnar, and Garo. The people of Meghalaya do not speak the Hindi language widely; however, almost everyone can speak the English language, especially those living in cities and towns. As English is also one of the official languages in Meghalaya, it is easier for travelers to communicate in the English language whenever they visit Meghalaya.
But as you start to explore offbeat places in Meghalaya both the English language and Hindi language becomes useless since most of the villagers speak their own language or Khasi language. Khasi language is the most spoken language in Meghalaya. Since the Khasi tribe is the majority in population in Meghalaya , hence most people speak Khasi language. Most of the time the people of Meghalaya speak their own language depending upon their tribe. English language and Hindi language are spoken in Meghalaya whenever it is required. For the people of Meghalaya their own language is most important. Khasi is an Austroasiatic language spoken primarily in the Meghalaya state in India by the Khasi people. Though in Assam and Bangladesh they have their own language this Khasi language is also spoken by an ample of people in some parts of Assam and Bangladesh.