[lg policy] English or Hinglish - does it matter what Indian students are learning?

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jan 29 15:17:39 UTC 2010

Forwarded From: edling at lists.sis.utsa.edu


English or Hinglish - does it matter what Indian students are learning?

What kind of English should Indians be learning? Purists argue that
language skills must meet international standards, but experience
tells us that local languages will add flavour to the mix. The result
may be fine for the street, but when it comes to the workplace, it is
just not good enough.

India speaks a lot of English, but she is also known for a dozen more
languages spoken across the country – including Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil,
Marathi, Gujarati – plus zillions of dialects. These pop up in spoken
English now and then, giving clues about the speaker's origins. Hmmm…
was that a piece of south Rajasthan, across the sand dune, but close
to the camel market slang that I heard there? You get the picture.

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