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Goa is a multi lingual state with vast cultural background. This is the reason that people in Goa are not bound to speak single language. For being under Portuguese control, Portuguese was the only official language before liberation until 1961. But the patronage did not withstand for long and the language failed to mark dent in the mind of common man in Goa. It remained the language of few elite classes and has still left few marks amongst the older generation in Goa.

Goa being part of Maharashtra adopted Konkani and Marathi as their official languages after it got liberated from Portuguese rule. However, people are mostly found speaking English and Hindi in the state. Being a major hub for tourists, english became an important communication language here in Goa. Thus, Konkani and Marathi languages survived in Goa only through secret studies at home, in temple and at the public places in villages. 

Although the official languages of Goa are Konkani and Marathi, the major part of the population speaks english. In fact, some people are so fluent in english that they even communicates at home in the same language. Hindi is the second most spoken language in Goa. Other main languages spoken in the state are Kannad, Marathi and Urdu. 

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