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What is the correct word for Hindi speaker, is it the Hindu or the Indian?

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    I think both of them are not correct. Hindu is one who follows Hindu religion and Indian is one who is from indian subcontinent. – piyush_sao Mar 20 '15 at 8:16
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    The correct term for a Hindi speaker is either Hindi speaker or speaker of Hindi. There is no single word for this concept in English. – Erik Kowal Mar 20 '15 at 8:24
  • Or you can generally refer to them as non-native speaker. – Mass Kent Mar 20 '15 at 8:26
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    @MassKent: Why could a speaker of Hindi not be a native speaker? Native speaker does by no means mean speaker of English! – oerkelens Mar 20 '15 at 9:16
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    Apparently you haven’t noticed that Hindi-speaker is already one word. – tchrist Mar 20 '15 at 13:10
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Hindi is not the language of the Hindus, it never was.

India is a potpourri of varied sects and religions.

Hindi (हिन्दी), or more precisely Modern Standard Hindi (मानक हिन्दी), is a standardised and Sanskritised register of the Hindustani language.

Hindustani (Hindustani: हिन्दुस्तानी, ہندوستانی[a][7]), historically also known as Hindavi, Dehlvi, Urdu, and Rekhta, is the lingua franca of North India and Pakistan. (wiki)

Currently there are 22 official languages in India. A plurality of speakers in India speak Hindi. Indian from every religion - i.e., Muslims, Jews, Christians, Budhhists, Jains etc. speak/can speak in Hindi.

An Indian court clarified that Hindi is not the national language of India because the constitution does not mention it as such. Outside of Asia, Hindi is also an official language in Fiji.

A Hindi speaker from the most populous Northern states is termed "native Hindi-speaker".

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    In india there are hindus who doesn't speak hindi and also hindi speakers who doesnt follow hinduism – Eka Mar 21 '15 at 3:58
  • I think he asked for one word. Not one more word. ;) – Slava Knyazev Apr 6 '15 at 22:48
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Someone who speaks Hindi can be a Muslim Irishman or a German Jew.

What language someone speaks (even as a mother tongue!) does not necessarily mean anything about that person's geographical or ethnic background.

An Indian is someone from India. They can speak many languages, and Hindi might be one. They may identify with Hinduism religiously, culturally or socially, but they may be Muslims or Christian or Buddhist or whatever.

A Hindu is someone who identifies religiously, culturally or socially with Hinduism, but they may speak many languages, and Hindi might be one. They may be German, English, American or come from or live anywhere else in the world.

A speaker of Hindi is someone who speaks the Hindi language. They may identify with Hinduism religiously, culturally or socially, but they may be Muslims or Christian or Buddhist or whatever. They may be German, English, American or come from or live anywhere else in the world.

  • Asian Indians speak Hindi; American Indians do not. – tchrist Apr 7 '15 at 11:09
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Given that someone who speaks French can be called a Francophone, and someone who speaks English can be called an Anglophone, one could use the same standard and refer to speakers of Hindi as Hindiphones. While this may not be an already-established word in the English lexicon, many words in English were contrived. So, say "Namaste" to the Hindiphones in your life!

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    Why not hindophone or hinduphone? It seems like o comes most often before the suffix -phone (with this meaning). – Federico Poloni Mar 21 '15 at 8:12
  • Related: this thread on -ophone suffix – OperaticSkeleton Apr 6 '15 at 22:58
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In the language Hindi, the correct single word for somebody who speaks Hindi would be hindibhashi (हिन्दीभाषी), the literal translation of which is "one who speaks Hindi." There is no regional or religious or other identity associated with this than the literal meaning.

There is no single word translation of that in English.

The answer by Mysti Sinha gives great background on the language and many things associated with it.

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I believe the word you are looking for is - HINDIPHONE. https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/hindiphone

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