Learn Gujarati

Gujarati is the official language of the Indian state of Gujarat and the union territories of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu. It is also spoken in Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh and is a minority language in Pakistan. It derives from Sanskrit, with vocabulary borrowings from Perian and Arabic, English and Portuguese. It is closely related to Hindi and Punjabi and shares a writing system with Kachchi. Unlike Hindi, the Gujarati script does not have a horizontal line at the top of the letters.

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Fun facts about Gujarati

A traditional saying is સોના જેઉં સાસરું પણ પિયર જેઉં નહીં - a groom’s house may be gold, but a bride’s parents’ home is priceless - meaning 'there’s no place like home'. This derives from the traditional custom where brides leave their childhood homes to live with their husbands’ families.

A common insult is to call someone a 'popat' or 'parrot', meaning 'a dumb person'.

Beware false friends between Gujarati and Hindi: mota bhai means 'elder brother' in Gujarati but 'fat brother' in Hindi!

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