So, the laddie in the cornershop speaks Gurkhali. In conversation he implied that, of course, he also spoke Hindi. It’s the “of course” bit.
So, these varied Asian languages, how far apart are they? Obviously, Burmese is a different language group, Tibetan, Chinese etc etc. But Hindi, Gurkahli, Bengali…..are they just a bit more than dialects as with, say, Florentine and Milanese? More apart like Italian and Portuguese?
I know they’re not different language groups, like Basque and Bulgarian.
But how far apart are they? More a matter of accent and vocab or entirely different?
My test on this would be can you speak the one, slowly and clearly, but be largely understood by a speaker of another? Obviously, marked as some foreign git but understood?