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Is There A Distinctive 'Indian English'? [The Butchering of the English Language!]
BBC News ^ | June 29, 2014

Posted on 06/29/2014 5:12:23 PM PDT by Steelfish

Is There A Distinctive 'Indian English'? BBC Trending By BBC Trending

Is there a distinctive "Indian English"? Yes, according to a hashtag that's been trending in the country - #IndianEnglish.

"Open the windows and let the atmosphere come in."

"Today is my Happy Birthday."

These are a couple of examples being shared on the hashtag #IndianEnglish. Since it took off early on Thursday, it's been used around 20,000 times in India.

It was started by 22-year-old Ojas Korde, a masters student in public relations from Mumbai. "On Twitter, we take things lightly," he told BBC Trending.

Indians often translate directly from Hindi when they speak English, he says. "It sounds really funny."

Other examples shared on the hashtag include:

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Society
KEYWORDS: english; india; language

1 posted on 06/29/2014 5:12:23 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

Most of the cited examples do not sound like “butchering” at all; they are idioms, and are generally grammatical. They’re better than most NASCAR or NFL or NBA talk that I hear.


2 posted on 06/29/2014 5:19:03 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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One word they coined was “pre-pone”, as in “The meeting was pre-poned”, ie the date moved up.


3 posted on 06/29/2014 5:21:00 PM PDT by Gunpowder green
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To: Steelfish

How may I be helping you ? :)


4 posted on 06/29/2014 5:22:55 PM PDT by jttpwalsh
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To: Steve_Seattle

Yep. I agree. Two hundred, maybe a hundred years from now Indian English will be the dominant form of English. America will speak Spanish and the UK will speak Arabic.


5 posted on 06/29/2014 5:23:02 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: Steelfish

Why does “Siri” not speaking Indian English ??


6 posted on 06/29/2014 5:37:38 PM PDT by mikrofon (W/E Bump)
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To: Steelfish

They all are born knowing how to program Jawa and Jawascript.


7 posted on 06/29/2014 5:38:47 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Steelfish

Reminds me of why I will never buy HP again and risk phoning their tech support.


8 posted on 06/29/2014 5:41:58 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: Steelfish

It’s happened everywhere language has spread. My favorite - from Ghana, West Africa - was a “No Hooting” sign in front of a school. it meant “Don’t blow your horn”.

Since the ‘60s, the Beeb has really gone down the toilet in their use of English. It used to be a pleasure to listen to. Nowadays, you hear all sorts of sloppy accents, both local and from the children of their collapsed empire.

I think they’ve done the same thing with their schools - I can clearly understand all my English cousins; what their kids and grandkids are saying is another matter...


9 posted on 06/29/2014 5:47:57 PM PDT by QBFimi (/...o.o/.o...ooo/...o.o...o/ooo/...o.o/.o/ooo.//o..o./. o.)
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To: Steelfish

I’ve heard English spoken in many parts of the world,including India.When it comes to the Indian people I’ve heard speaking English all I can say is that each one of them had a better knowledge of English than I have of Hindi.


10 posted on 06/29/2014 5:49:07 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Rat Party Policy:Lie,Deny,Refuse To Comply)
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To: Steelfish
It's easier to understand than ebonics.
11 posted on 06/29/2014 5:57:03 PM PDT by ConservingFreedom (A goverrnment strong enough to impose your standards is strong enough to ban them.)
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To: Steelfish

This is heap big problem. Big like Buffalo.


12 posted on 06/29/2014 6:02:48 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy ("Harvey Dent, can we trust him?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBsdV--kLoQ)
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To: ClearCase_guy
Not woo-woo Indian.
13 posted on 06/29/2014 6:12:27 PM PDT by ConservingFreedom (A goverrnment strong enough to impose your standards is strong enough to ban them.)
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To: Steelfish

Indians have been speaking English longer than half of my family (which came over to the US c. 1895-1905).


14 posted on 06/29/2014 6:55:42 PM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie
Authors of the programming language known to us as "Jawascript".
15 posted on 06/29/2014 7:02:18 PM PDT by Holdem Or Foldem (Life isn't fair, so wear a cup.)
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To: Steve_Seattle

....the miscreants absconded.....


16 posted on 06/29/2014 7:15:36 PM PDT by spokeshave (OMG.......Schadenfreude overload is not covered under Obamacare :-()
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To: Steve_Seattle
"They’re better than most NASCAR or NFL or NBA talk that I hear."


17 posted on 06/29/2014 7:15:40 PM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: Steelfish

Under the British Raj, English was the lingua franca of India up until independence. Of course there’s an “Indian English.” Multiple dialects of it, in fact.


18 posted on 06/29/2014 7:44:22 PM PDT by RansomOttawa (tm)
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To: Steelfish

I suspect there is. Every time I go into a convenience store, I hear the same version of Hindglish.


19 posted on 06/29/2014 8:17:26 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel (Have a wonderful day!)
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To: PghBaldy

This can’t be serious. The native Indian dialect has such a guttural and revolting sound that when they speak English just about every syllable uttered is an act of the murder of the British tongue.


20 posted on 06/29/2014 9:33:53 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish

“The native Indian dialect has such a guttural and revolting sound”

Do you have a sample of such sound in youtube talk or bollywood song? I am very curious. My perception was completely different.


21 posted on 07/01/2014 5:05:01 PM PDT by sagar
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To: sagar

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EE2sg_z7WfI


22 posted on 07/01/2014 6:19:54 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish

That is a guy imitating Indian-English accent, not speaking “native”, like you mentioned in your previous post. You said: “the native Indian dialect has such a guttural and revolting sound...”

I just wanted an example from you of “the native Indian dialect”.


23 posted on 07/01/2014 7:29:53 PM PDT by sagar
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To: sagar

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9arM_agKFA


24 posted on 07/01/2014 7:54:49 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish

None of those are “native dialects”.


25 posted on 07/02/2014 1:52:59 PM PDT by sagar
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To: sagar

Says who?


26 posted on 07/02/2014 5:35:29 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish

There sure are differences. We had a sysadmin who was Pakistani who spoke with an accent like that, and we thought hey, we’ll put him on those tech support calls! Problem solved...so I catch him at his desk, head in hands, and I sez, hey, Tahir, wazzup, and he sez “Eh, Beel, I doonod understan’ dhem eithah!”


27 posted on 07/02/2014 5:42:52 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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