Hinglish - A 'Pakka' Way to Speak?

Posted by Gülcan Durak • Tuesday, March 9. 2010 • Category: In Depth
Hindi, Urdu, Tamil, Bengali....this is just a small selection of languages spoken in India. With over 400 languages and thousands of dialects, it is difficult to keep track of them. It is therefore not surprising that people in India are growing up in a multilingual surrounding. Something not necessarily resulting out of this, but becoming more and more common are the phenomena called ‘Code Switching’ (switching from one language to another) and ‘Code Mixing’ (mixing of two or more languages) which have become normal for many Indians. Hinglish, which is a combination of Hindi and English, is probably the most established example for ‘Code Mixing’ in India. It is not only widely spoken there, but also in the U.S. and in Great Britain, which is not surprising regarding the large numbers of Indians living in these countries.

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Dilli or Dili?

Posted by Gülcan Durak • Tuesday, March 9. 2010 • Category: People and Places
Perhaps "dili" (= from the heart, cordial, close, intimate) is a good expression to describe Delhi but there are probably a hundred things I love more. For example a delicious chocolate fudge brownie, which tastes so good that you even wish you could reincarnate as one. What else…

Ok, wait, maybe there aren’t a hundred things. Actually, I don’t think I can name anything else, because there is simply nothing more. But let me start with some hard facts about this incredible city. Delhi, locally known as Dilli, is a city with approximately 15 million inhabitants and is India’s most populous city after Mumbai. It consists of Delhi, Delhi Cantonment, and New Delhi, the last one being the capital of India. About 82 % of the population in Dilli are Hindus. The second largest religious community are Muslims with 12 %, Sikhs are 4 %, and Jains and Christians are around 1 % each. The main languages spoken here are Hindi and English (the official languages of India), as well as Punjabi and Urdu.

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