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|Native to||India, Nepal, Fiji (as Fijian Hindustani)|
|Region||Awadh and Lower Doab regions in Uttar Pradesh and Nepal and adjacent areas of neighboring states|
|4 million in India (2011 census)|
500,000 in Nepal (2011 census) Census results conflate most Indian speakers with Hindi.
|Devanagari, Kaithi, Perso-Arabic|
Official language in
| Fiji (as Fiji Hindi)|
Awadhi (Devanagari, Kaithi )is a major dialect of the Eastern Hindi branch of Indo-Aryan languages spoken in northern India.  It is primarily spoken in the Awadh region of present day Uttar Pradesh, India. The name Awadh () is connected to Ayodhya, the ancient town, which is regarded as the homeland of ?r? R?ma.
In early Prakrit era, Awadhi speaking region was surrounded by Sauraseni spoken on its west and Magadhi on its east. This led to emergence of a Prakrit partly taking character of Sauraseni and partly that of Magadhi giving rise to Ardhamagadhi Prakrit or 'Half-Magadhi. Awadhi descends from the same Ardhamagadhi Prakrit.
A form of Awadhi is also spoken as a lingua franca for Indians in Fiji. Fiji Hindi is an older Awadhi dialect that was influenced by other Indian dialects, but retains most grammatical features of Awadhi. Another form of Awadhi, known as Caribbean Hindustani is spoken in countries like Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and other countries in the Caribbean. It is a mix of Bhojpuri, Awadhi, and other Indian dialects.
In 2001 Bollywood movie Lagaan, a neutralised form of Awadhi language was used to make it understandable to the masses. The 2009 Bollywood movie Dev.D featured an Awadhi song 'Paayaliya' composed by Amit Trivedi. In the television series Yudh, Amitabh Bachchan spoke parts of his dialogue in Awadhi which received critical acclaim from Hindustan times.
Here are some sample phrases:
|Awadhi||English Translation||Modern Standard Hindi|
|IPA?ã: ko: or kn||Who were there?||?|
|IPA? lka: d?e:ki: s?n?i: m? i:k h?i:||This boy is fine in seeing and hearing.|
|IPA: so: ha:? h?m e:k ?:r?t? k? d?e: d?i:n?||That necklace, I gave away to a woman.||,|
|IPA: e:ku? j?na: a:wa: h||One person has arrived.||? ?|
|IPA: do: d? so: ma:r k
|Those who will go will be beaten.||?|
|IPA: kn la:o: to:?a: k?a:? le:i: to:?a: j?hu k? d d?e:i:
Devangari: ?, , ?
|(She) said, let (me) eat a little and give a little to this one too.||(?) , (?) ? -|
|IPA: c?j?n p ch?r:a: n? c?la:o:
|Do not fire shot at the birds.||?|