What’s your mother tongue ????
Hindi / Gujarati / Marati / Tamil / Telugu / Bengali / Malayalam / Kannada / Any other Indian language.
Are you fluent in your mother tongue ????
If yes, try speaking in your mother tongue for an hour or so, without using any other language words and especially no English words.
OMG !!!! I tried and it and I completely failed. Because of so much English words finding their way into the Regional languages and because of the fact others too understand these small English words, it is becoming extremely difficult to converse in one single language.
And secondly, when I tried to talk purely in my mother tongue, ppl started giving me funny looks, including my maid.
Now after staying in Hyd for some years, Telugu and Hindi words have found their way into my vocabulary. It’s strange that these words pop up in my mind now and not when I badly needed to converse with an Auto driver.
While I loved to shop in Nalli Silks in Hyd, for the need to converse in Tamil with someone, I am searching ppl in Chennai to converse in Hindi !!! I’ve actually found a lot of ppl, who make life easier for the Hindi speaking crowd in Chennai. Thats the irony of the human mind – it wants what is not available.
From forced English conversations at school to a state where English words are considered to be part of the Tamil vocabulary, it’s an amazing journey. If my Tamil teacher is here to listen to my language skills today, I am sure that she’ll want to wrangle me.
So, how skilled a linguist are you ????? Do you converse in the pure form of you mother tongue or use English words liberally in-between ???