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'''Marathi''' is the official language of the state of [[Maharashtra]] in [[India]], and one of the 22 official "scheduled" languages according to the Indian constitution. Marathi is written in the [[Devanagari]] script, like [[Hindi]] and some other Indian languages. It is the 4th most widely-spoken language in India, after [[Hindi]], Bengali and Telugu. Regional literature in Marathi dates back to around 2000 years ago.
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'''Marathi''' is the official language of the state of [[Maharashtra]] in [[India]], and one of the 22 official "scheduled" languages according to the Indian constitution. Marathi is written in the [[Devanagari]] script, like [[Hindi]] and some other Indian languages. It is the 4th most widely-spoken language in India, after [[Hindi]], Bengali and Telugu. Regional literature in Marathi dates back to around 1000 AD.
  
Marathi grammar is largely based on Sanskrit and Pali. Around 60% or more of the nouns in Marathi are derived directly from Sanskrit.  Also, Marathi shares a considerable amount of words with Hindi.  Unlike Hindi but like Sanskrit, Marathi has not 2 but 3 genders: masculine, feminine and neutral. Figuring out the gender of a word can sometimes be difficult, especially for English speakers.
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Marathi grammar is largely based on Sanskrit and Pali. Around 60% or more of the nouns in Marathi are derived directly from Sanskrit.  Also, Marathi shares many words with Hindi.  Unlike Hindi but like Sanskrit, Marathi has not 2 but 3 genders: masculine, feminine and neutral. Figuring out the gender of a word can sometimes be difficult, especially for English speakers.
  
 
[[Goa]] was a Portuguese colony from the 16th to the 20th century, as a result of which Marathi has had influence from the [[Portuguese]] language. बटाटा (''ba-tA-tA'', potato) is a common example used in everyday speech.   
 
[[Goa]] was a Portuguese colony from the 16th to the 20th century, as a result of which Marathi has had influence from the [[Portuguese]] language. बटाटा (''ba-tA-tA'', potato) is a common example used in everyday speech.   

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