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Not to be confused with the Magyar language, known in English as Hungarian
मगर भाषा
Native to Nepal
Ethnicity 1.9 million Magar people and others who claim to be Magar (2011 census)
Native speakers
840,000  (2001–2006)[1]
Official status
Official language in
Nepal Magarat, Nepal, Sikkim
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Either:
mgp – Eastern Magar
mrd – Western Magar
Glottolog maga1261[2]

Magar (Nepali: मगर भाषा Magar bhasa) is a language spoken mainly in Nepal, Southern Bhutan, Darjeeling, India, and Sikkim, India, by the Magar people. It is divided into two groups (Eastern and Western) and further dialect divisions give distinct tribal identity.[3] In Nepal 788,530 people speak the language.

While the government of Nepal developed Magar language curricula, as provisioned by constitution, the teaching materials have never successfully reached Magar schools.[4] At least one Magar[who?] feels that failure among members of his caste to take education seriously may be the result of school instruction in Nepali language. It's not unusual for groups with their own language to feel that the "mother-tongue" is an essential part of identity. Magar language is sometimes lumped with Kham language spoken further west in Bheri, Dhaulagiri, Karnali and Rapti zones. Although the two languages have a large number of words in common, they have major structural differences and are not mutually intelligible.[5]


  1. ^ Eastern Magar at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    Western Magar at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Magar". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ "The Eastern Magar of Nepal". Archived from the original on 2007-03-18. Retrieved 2007-09-12. 
  4. ^ B. K. Rana. "Mother Tongue Education for Social Inclusion and Conflict Resolution". Appeals, News and Views from Endangered Communities. Foundation for Endangered Languages. Retrieved 2007-09-12. 
  5. ^ http://www.thlib.org/static/reprints/contributions/CNAS_20_02_02.pdf

Further reading[edit]

  • Shepherd, Gary, and Barbara Shepherd. A Vocabulary of the Magar Language. Comparative vocabularies of languages of Nepal. Kirtipur: Summer Institute of Linguistics [and] Institute of Nepal Studies, Tribhuvan University, 1972.
  • Shepherd, Gary, and Barbara Shepherd. Magar Phonemic Summary. Tibeto-Burman phonemic summaries, 8. Kirtipur: Summer Institute of Linguistics, Tribhuvan University, 1971.

External links[edit]

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Himalayan Times
Tue, 21 Jun 2011 02:21:17 -0700

KATHMANDU: The mother tongue of the Magar community is said to be on the verge of extinction. According to the Census 2001, the Magar population was 1607,000. A large number of this population has reportedly left speaking Magar language. The Magar ...
Sun, 21 Jan 2007 16:00:00 -0800

The children learn Nepali as well as the local Magar language, and they try to teach a little English. There are six hours of school everyday. During the winter, the school closes for a month or so due to the heavy snowfall; there are no holidays as such.

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