Telugu is a Dravidian language native to India.
The Dravidian languages are a language family spoken mainly in southern India and parts of eastern and central India, as well as in Sri Lanka with small pockets in southwestern Pakistan, southern Afghanistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Bhutan, and overseas in other countries such as Malaysia and Singapore.
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It stands alongside Hindi, English, and Bengali as one of the few languages with official status in more than one Indian state; Telugu is the primary language in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and in the town of Yanam, Puducherry, and is also spoken by significant minorities in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and by the Sri Lankan Gypsy people.
Yanam is a town in the Indian union territory of Puducherry, located in Yanam district, which forms a 30 km² enclave in the district of East Godavari in Andhra Pradesh.
The Andaman and Nicobar Islands, one of the seven union territories of India, are a group of islands at the juncture of the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea.
A first language, native language or mother tongue is a language that a person has been exposed to from birth or within the critical period.
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It is one of six languages designated a classical language of India by the Government of India.
Telugu ranks third by the number of native speakers in India, fifteenth in the Ethnologue list of most-spoken languages worldwide and is the most widely spoken Dravidian language in the world.
It is one of the twenty-two scheduled languages of the Republic of India.
Approximately 10,000 inscriptions exist in the Telugu language.