Nepali, also known as Nepalese is a language from the Indo-Aryan branch of the Indo-European language family. The language descended from Sanskrit and was known as the Khas language, spoken by the Khas people. In the 1500s, the Khas people migrated east to the region now known as Nepal. The Khas people spread and the language grew and evolved, being influenced by Hindi, Bengali, Tibetan, English and more. Today, the language uses the Devanagari script and is spoken by approximately 16 million people in Nepal, with another 4 million in India and surrounding areas. Nepali is an official language in Nepal and India, and spoken in parts of Bhutan and Myanmar.
Norwegian is descendant from the Germanic branch of the Indo-European languages. Norwegian, along with Danish and Swedish, developed from Old Norse in the time of the Vikings in the early centuries. They used the Runic alphabet until the 10th century, when Christians came north with the Latin script. Around the same time, Old Norse separated into varying dialects of the West and East, which began the separation of Norwegian from Danish and Swedish. The language continued to change and evolve, although keeping enough similarities with the other two in order to be somewhat mutually intelligible. Today, Norwegian is spoken by about 5 million speakers, mainly in Norway, which is the only country where it holds official status.
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(*These are the languages for which we have translators on staff and ready to go. If there is a language that you do not see on this list, you can put in a request and we can find and source a linguist for you.)