|કચ્છી / ڪڇي/ کچھی|
|Native to||India, Pakistan, Trinidad And Tobago, United Kingdom USA, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Portugal, UAE, Kenya, Tanzania.|
|Khojiki script, Devanagari script, Gujarati script|
Kachhi is a language spoken in parts of India and Pakistan. It has borrowed some vocabulary from Gujarati Most Kachhis living in India are bilingual or trilingual, due to exposure to closely related neighbouring languages such as Gujarati. Many Pakistanis are also bilingual or trilingual; many residents of Karachi speak Kutchi. It is a unique language in itself especially in the way it is spoken and has many common words from Punjabi and Marwari(Rajasthan) as well.It is spoken by the Kutchi people specifically, these are the Rajputs Jadeja, Bhanushalis, Lohanas,Brahmins (Rajgor Gnayathy : Bhuj), Megvals, Visa Oswal and Dasa Osval (Oshwal) Jains, followers of satpanth, Bhatias, Rabaris and various Muslim communities in the region, including the Muslim Khojas and Kutchi Memons. Kachhi (Kutchi) is often thought to be a mixture of Sindhi, Gujarati, Punjabi and Rajasthani.
Kutchi is also spoken by individuals belonging to the Memon ethnicity within Pakistan and India.
Common words and phrases
There are distinct regional accents and variations in grammar. As in many languages spoken along Asian trade routes, there is substantial borrowing from Persian and Arabic—words like "duniya" (world), and "nasib" (fate), are routinely used by many speakers of Kachhi. Many Kachhi speakers also speak Gujarati as a separate language, especially as it is the language in which Kachhi speakers customarily write. Kachhi speakers' Gujarati accent and usage tends towards standard forms that any Gujarati speaker would be able to understand.
The following words are commonly used by Hindu individuals of descending from the Kutch rural area of Gujarat, India, who, especially if in east Africa, reject Kachhi. These are colloquial forms of general Gujarati phrases that are often used in daily conversation in villages, particularly of the Kachhi predominance and are Gujaratisized versions of Kachhi words. An example of such follows:
- Haaiyo hane/chhado hane (Gujarati Bas chhodo have : now drop it)
- Achanto/Vinanto ( Gujarati - Aavu(n)' chhu(n)' / Jaau(n)' chhu(n)' : I am coming / going)
- Kichadi Khiyo taa? (Gujarati - Kichdi khaao chho? : Are you eating Kichdi?)
Kachhi is normally written using a modified version of the Gujarāti script. Many books and magazines are published the language using the modified Gujarāti script, including Vadhod ("Inquiry"). Kachhi is also written in the Devanagari script by some speakers.[dubious ] In earlier times it was written in Khojki script, which is now extinct. Recently, Dr Rajul Shah, an ayurvedic doctor, psychologist and a graphologist has created a script to use for the language.  Many people in the area feel that the Dholavira script is their Kutchi heritage and believe it may have been used to write their language.
There are examples of the Kutchi script in the Kutch Museum that is believed to be now extinct.
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