Indian is an interesting language:)
April 9, 2011 10:38pm CST
Since I have watched Indian movies such as Robot and 3 Idiots. I noticed an interesting thing. I found that sometimes they speak in English whereas some are still Indian. It seems the language is mixed. Although I don't know Indian at all, sometimes I have to shift myself fast since it speaks in English suddenly.
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12 May 11
Hi there, Hindi (Indian Language) is very interesting. I am a Nepalese by origin. We have so much Indian influence in our country. Almost 80% of people understand basic Hindi and some can even speak well. One of them is me. I am married to an Indian. Being fluent in Hindi, we don't have any communication gap. I enjoy speaking Hindi and also watching Indian shows and movies! When my friends hear me speaking hindi they tell me that they find it too fast. Maybe you are right about that!
10 Apr 11
It's not only you, even the Indians are confused about it. Hindi is supposed to be our national language but the unfortunate thing is, if someone does not know proper Hindi, it's style and s/he feel proud about it and if you speak English, it is also style. Situation of South Indian states is horrible, there people don't understand Hindi at all. This thing is killing the actual India even the name of our country is not India, it is given by British people and I don't know why they are still following it....those people screwed our happiness for 200 years and while going they have fixed a detonator called "English" in this country and I don't know how badly it is going to affect us... Name of our country is Bharat and the National Language is Hindi.
• Guangzhou, China
10 Apr 11
I am a little surprised to hear that. As to a national language, I thought almost every Indian knows Hindi. We also have many different dialects in my country. But Mandarin is our official language and therefore almost everybody can say it.
10 Apr 11
That's what I don't like in my country, especially South India. Here if you speak Hindi, even if people understand the language they will pretend as if they don't understand what ever you are saying and will proudly speak and write English and their local languages. There are a few places where they will hate you if you speak Hindi. Wait for another 5-10 years, I am sure then you won't have to look for sub-titles to understand Bollywood movies.
11 Apr 11
"they have fixed a detonator called "English" in this country and I don't know how badly it is going to affect us..." On the contrary dollar, I am grateful for this. English is an international language and if at all where I am today in terms of progress with my job it is all because I learnt English right from the time I was a kid. My Hindi is no less as also some other Indian languages. If I had not known English I would not have been here in myLot writing so fluently and interacting with you and others.
10 Apr 11
It is the "Hindi" which they speak in the movies and it is our National Language. India do have 28+1 states and cumulatively there are 640 districts. If you shift from one district to other there is a different language. Thee are 350 different major languages in India and total of 1652 languages. Among all "Hindi" is the National Language. It is difficult to not mix up one language with the other and English is another language which people use to mix while speaking.
10 Apr 11
Hi...I know this might be confusing...but the language is not 'Indian'...it is Hindi.There is no one 'Indian' language....but many. Each state has a different official language atleast (with many different dialects of each). All Indians do not know all the Indian languages (they might not even know how many different languages we have). Some languages are slightly similar to each other and if one knows one of the language and listens carefully...might be able to pick up certain words and understand the gist of the other language. Most of the youth use a mix of English and the local language. We usually term it as 'Hinglish'(Hindi+English...which is what you saw/heard in the movie), Manglish (Malayalam+English)....etc. Most movies that are targetting the young generation or if it is a movie about the younger generation will have a mix of the language along with English. In India, it is fashionable to say that the know only English and not their mother tongue.
15 Apr 11
I worked at China Petroleum (a Chinese govt. organization) when I was at Kuwait. Lots of Chinese working with me. So, I know that the dialects are different. But in India, the language itself is different from place to place and each language has many dialects.
29 Aug 11
3 idiots is an awesome movie! Funny yet it can make one cry at the same time. but i thought i remembered that there were English subtitles at the bottom so that people could understand? Anyways, i do not speak Hindi but it seems rather interesting. Firstly, the letters written on paper are rather intricate. I have Indian friends at school, and i cannot make anything out of what they are writing. It just looks like a bunch of squiggly lines being put together to make a beautiful piece of art - in words. It would be a challenge for one who does not speak Hindi to learn as their language is different from English in so many ways. I really envy those people who understand such an intricate language :)
25 Apr 11
it is also very common for us - in my country - to speak using 'Mixed English' - we call 'Manglish' - phrases from our local languages all thrown in our 'English'.. but, this 'Manglish' is only acceptable for conversations, or maybe texting / emailing to freinds and families - it is also used on our local tv / radio programs - accepted as part of 'language'.. but it TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE in OFFICIAL SCHOOL EXAMS or Government Matters (Letters).. for schools + studies + official letters - we are still required to use our 'proper' National Language, or English.. Can be confusing at times.. but we are used to it...
13 Apr 11
Hello Youless i read the entire discussion so i know by now you know Hindi and not Indian is our national language! Yep since movies reflect how people follow and understand languages you will find the dialogues are all peppered with English words even the movie itself is made in Hindi or any other of the hundreds of language we speak here! That's how most Indians communicate these days regional language mixed with English but unfortunately this trend seems to 'kill' both English and the regional language because people hardly bother to learn in-depth so they know a smattering of languages but never get to know the deeper, richer beauty of the language and its the same with English too :) but yes i know it would be confusing when you are watching a movie and suddenly English pops up i hope you enjoyed Robot and 3 idiots :)
10 Apr 11
India is very big country and i do believe that they are famous for there movie. And so many words that they use that actually are in English.Not only India also Bangladesh have the same quality. They do use so many English words in there mother tongue.In example they use university in there language also university but in Chinese where used different word for it. Have a good time!
• Delhi, India
10 Apr 11
Hi! As stated by our dear friend SV that there is no language called 'Indian'. India has many languages and Hindi is the Official (National language) and spoken and understood all across India. Many Indians understand English and English is also used in many offices (Government as well as Private) therefore, influence of English could be seen in Indian movies also.