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October 28, 2012


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Hi Susan,

You're right about 'Vinglish' being an echo word - adding it to 'English' is a way of saying 'English and the like'. Echo words are common in informal, spoken Hindi. We'd ask someone over to have chai-vai (tea etc.) and maybe discuss the situation of their naukri-vaukri (job etc.) and family-vamily. Also, in some regions of India the 'v' sound is preferred in the echo word, in others the 'sh' sound.

Hope you enjoy the film. I did!

Virtual Linguist

Thank you, Shuchi - now I know for sure. The film was on at my local cinema a few weeks ago, but it's all the latest James Bond this week. I hope it will come back again soon, when I shall definitely go along.

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