Friday, October 15, 2010

English Encounters..!

GUess 5 yrs in bangalore n I m already speaking typical Bangalorean Lingo in that typical South India Accent...It is such a big Departure from my Convent English that every time I speak to my family, I'm mercilessly teased for my 'R's and 'A's....Speaking of Accents compels me to write about the constant bombarding of Non-Indian Accented English from all sides....Nothing wrong with this particular set of Posh English speakers except that you actually realize how much their English is actually what we call in India - Broken English..Now I understand the importance of an Accent - It makes your bad grammar stay disguised under all those Emphatic 'T's and 'P's and delicately formed 'O's...One of the things that disgusts me is the improper use of grammar, whether it is something someone has written or spoken...Most of the times it is just simple stuff like :'I doesn't' instead of 'I don't', 'She don't' instead of 'She doesn't', 'Has wrote' instead of 'Has written'...these are the 3 most annoying uses of grammar that I have seen or heard. Sometimes I just feel like saying 'Pls stop using that accent you are trying so hard for, it all sounds horribly wrong coz of the kind of grammar you are using'...
And then there is the Bangalorean English - that quaint strangely pleasing English, that, oh, so amuses me.
One of my favourites is 'She is sitting back of me' or 'He ran back of me'...What these really mean are 'She sat behind me' and 'He ran behind me'.. Another is the different types of 'Straight'....in context to asking for directions - people will actually say 'Go straight and when you reach a fork, take the extreme straight, not the diagonal straight'...
Anyways, now that I'm going back to Ahmedabad, I will surely not be listening to anymore nuances of the lilting Madrasi Accent...which I'm sure I will miss...well not too much as I have already plonked down to study Gujju-English.. :)