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Fiji Hindi

NameFiji Hindi
NativenameFiji Baat
StatesFiji, with significant minorities in Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada
Fam4Central zone
Fam5East Central zone
ScriptLatin, Devanagari script
MapcaptionCountries where Fijian Hindi is spoken

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Fiji Hindi, also known as Fijian Hindi or Fijian Hindustani, is the language spoken by most Fijian citizens of Indian descent. It is derived mainly from the Awadhi and Bhojpuri varieties of Hindi. It has also borrowed a large number of words from Fijian and English. The relation between Fiji Hindi and Standard Hindi is similar to the relation between Afrikaans and Dutch. A large number of words, unique to Fiji Hindi, have been created to cater for the new environment that Fiji Indians now live in. First-generation Fiji Indians, who used the language as a lingua franca in Fiji, referred to it as Fiji Baat (Fiji talk).

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