posted on Nov, 15 2018 @ 12:13 PM
a reply to: DigginFoTroof
Try having a meeting where several are on the phone! There is no one "Indian language" there are something like 17 major dialects. The regional
dialects are over 500. While Hindi is the official language of India, the next most spoke language is... English! And it is not the 'Merican version
either. They were British subjects for a while and they use British English. And then there are their updations that they revert back into the English
Speaking is one thing. Try reading a sentence written by Indian (from India)! I mean, c'mon, these are technical documents with technical
instructions, you would think that the active voice would be used ("Put the wood in the shed") instead they prefer to use English like they speak and
often use the passive voice ("The shed is where the wood will be put"). I know this because I work with a contingent and have an ear for languages. I
hear a lot of Spanish/Portuguese words that have been co-opted as well. I can't tell you how many times I have heard the word, "mira", spoken while
their buddy goes over to their monitor to "look" at the screen (I learned that playing soccer as a teenager as our coach would get excited and yell at
us in Spanish pointing out the open player).
One more thing of note about the similarities with Spanish, the Indians tend to roll and/or trill certain words like Spanish has the rolled Rs. Over
here in English we do not have anything similar except slang ("puh-leez"). Our language is also very plosive where as Indian seems, at least to my
ears, less so.
One thing I do hate about Indian speakers: volume. When having a lively discussion (just bring up cricket!), they tend to argue and prove their point
by being the loudest speaker of all. My guess is that it has to do with population. But a bunch of IT guys "yelling" at each other in Queen's English
in passive voice is too much for me.
It gets easier with more exposure. And the world is going to get more exposure. The IT sector is already a hot spot but India has so many people that
they are already branching out into other industries.
Nice BTS General Conversation topic!