Urdu speaking people are the most multilingual

Urdu speaking people are the most multilingual

Hindi and Bengali speakers are the least multilingual. It must be noted that they are also the largest linguistic groups.

According to a report published in Time of India, surprisingly those who speak Urdu as their mother tongue are the most multilingual with 62% knowing one more language, typically Hindi.

The second most multilingual are Punjabis, 53% of them know two languages. Marathi speakers are in the third position, 47% of them speak one more language. Only 12% of the 520 million Hindi speakers were bilingual. Whereas among 97 million Bengali speakers, just 18%, or 17 million, were bilingual.