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Major Languages : Konkani, English, Hindi, Marathi
Official Language : Konkani
Belongs to : Dravidian Family of Languages
Sho For : Konkani rhyme books and Audio CDs

Languages - Script of Sea And Tone of Sand

Konkani Book
Front Page of A Konkani Grammer Book

Language is believed to be the first step to conviviality followed by the tone, pitch and way of expressing thoughts. To everyone's surprise, Konkani, the native language of Goa, creates an impeccable blend of all ideas and articulately offers a splendid linguistic delight to all its visitors. Undoubtedly a multi-lingual state, Goa portrays a harmonic mix of medieval and Portuguese culture on the wheels of modernity. Still caressing the Portuguese lingo up on its sleeves, the state surely knows how to entertain its guests. English is widely understood and spoken, thanks to a comprehensive Christian culture. Above all, Goa is a place where you feel like a home, not only because of the caring attitude of the people, but also because of the language, that pours honey in everyone's ears.

Listen To A Drop of Portugal

One should not be surprised to find that there are still people in Goa who speak Portuguese. Although their number is steadily curtailing, there is still a considerable who speak the language of Camoens. With a chequered history of thousands of years coloured by many nationals, it is indeed logical that you will find an indispensible essence of Portuguese on everybody's tongue. Besides, it was the official language of Goa till 1961 before liberation. Today, you can find families encouraging this euphonic dialect, carrying out regular household conversations in this foreign language.

Holding The Beauty of Native Languages

Marathi and Konkani are the dominating languages of Goa. However Hindi, the national language is well spoken and easily inderstood in this palm-fringed land. Tracing their alphabets on the 'Devnagari' script, they resemble Hindi a lot in writing. Remember to get a book on Konkani rhymes narrating many interesting tales of bygone empires and grandfathers. You can even get some CDs of Konkani or Marathi folk songs that are melody to hear.

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The Melody of Dialects
The language of Goa, a sea-drenched land, is unbelievably melodious to the ears. Displaying a fun touch in every word and tone, the dialects truly mesmerises a tourist with their typical accent; enough to make one feel in heaven.

Ubiquitous English Like The Swaying Palms
Though Konkani is the main language and many different dialects reign the terrain, you can easily find people talking in English. A visit to the palm-fringed land of Goa, although provides you with an out-of-the-world experience, will never make you helpless to convey your message.

Holding The Strings of Portugal
Interestingly, you will find a lot of families that still practice the dialect of Portuguese in their day-to-day talking. It is amazing to hear the conversation that swiftly takes you to a competely different world at a different time.

Get Some Books On Konkani
You can shop for some interesting books translated in English from bookstalls dotting the state of Goa. Get some books of Mr. Victor Rodrigues, Bakibab Borkar, Michael Maxim and others for a complete holiday package.

Get Some CDs of Goa
You can shop for some interesting CDs too from music storesdotting the state of Goa. Get a few melodies of Goan trance that allures every visitor to this palm-fringed state with their abstract meanings and pulsating music

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