Hindi is widely written, spoken and understood in North India and most other places in India. In 1997, a survey found that 66% of Indians can speak Hindi. The most common form of Hindi is known as Hindustani . It has taken words from the Dravidian languages of South India, as well as the Persian , Arabic , Turkish , English , and Portuguese languages. [ source? ] The Hindustani language is almost the same as Urdu , the most commonly spoken language in Pakistan ; the difference is that Urdu is written in the Arabic alphabet . Hindi and Urdu were considered the same language until Pakistan split away from India. However, to this day, both languages are mutually intelligible , meaning that speakers of two different languages can understand each other without knowing the other language.
Children, these days, grow up with a mindset that a person who speaks English knows everything and is better in every respect than those who are not fluent in the language. Those who choose to speak in Hindi during the interviews or elsewhere are looked down upon. This mindset should be changed. It is true that English is a global language and is given preference especially in the corporate world and it is not wrong to hone the students’ written and spoken English. However, they should not be given an impression that Hindi is lesser than English in any respect. It is time the students must be taught to value and respect both the languages alike.