I know Swami Vivekananda gave a speech in Chicago 1893, I assume it was in English or was it translated to American audience. I am reading the complete works of Swami Vivekananda from Holybooks.com. If he educated himself in English, which institutions was he educated from?

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    Metropolitan School & General Assembly's Institution (present day Scottish Church College) of Kolkata.
    – অনু
    Sep 13, 2021 at 15:00
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    At his time all the universities taught in English. It was required. A better source for his talks and writings is here - advaitaashrama.org/cw Sep 14, 2021 at 4:53
  • @SwamiVishwananda Thank you, I will go thru the site
    – Up-In-Air
    Sep 14, 2021 at 12:45

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Upon researching more about Swami Vivekananda, link provided by @SwamiVishwananda, I have come to understand that he is very well read in English also, could be a pundit in Bangla by default. Hence all his English speeches and writings are of his own.

Also this link provides more evidence of his schooling and university.

In 1879, Narendra passed matriculation and entered Presidency College, Calcutta. After one year, he joined the Scottish Church College, Calcutta and studied philosophy. He studied western logic, western philosophy and history of European nations. As he advanced in his studies, his thinking faculty developed. Doubts regarding existence of God started to arise in Narendra's mind. This made him associate with the Brahmo Samaj, an important religious movement of the time, led by Keshab Chandra Sen. But the Samaj's congregational prayers and devotional songs could not satisfy Narendra's zeal to realise God.

It appears to me that upper class family in India adopted to learn and educate themselves in English.

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