Hinglish, a portmanteau of the words Hindi and English, usage of Hindi and English words, combining both, in one sentence. This is more commonly seen in urban and semi-urban centers of India, but is slowly spreading its root into rural and remote areas via television and word of mouth, slowly achieving vernacular status. Many speakers do not realize that they are incorporating English words into Hindi sentences or Hindi words into English sentences.

This highly popular mixing of both the languages in most parts of northern and central India has grown from the fact that English is a popular language of choice amongst the urbane youth who finds itself comfortable in its lexicon. It is already the medium for imparting education in many schools across the nation. The advent of cable television and its pervasive growth has seen the masses exposed to a wide variety of programming from across the world.

It should not be confused with Bambaiya Hindi, which incorporates words and phrases from a number of other languages (including Marathi, Gujurati and Konkani). Both Hinglish and Bambaiya Hindi have recently become popular in Bollywood movies.


* "I've a feeling, August, you're going to get hazaar fucked in Madna." (starting line of English, August [http://www.complete-review.com/reviews/chatteru/eaugust.htm] by Upamanyu Chatterjee)
* "Dad, time "kya hua hai?" (Dad, what's the time?).
* "I have "hazaar" things on my mind right now." (I have a thousand things on my mind right now.)
* "He's a post"walla" (He's a postman; "walla" = "person")
* "Beta", slowly slowly "jaana" (Son, go slowly)
* "What, "yaar"?" (What, man?)
* "Bechara" fail "ho gaya"." (The poor guy failed.)
* "Kya karoon yaar," control "nahin hota!" (What to do, man, can't control it!)
* "Aaj" mood "nahin hai"." (I'm not in the mood today.)
* "Stupid "jaisi baat mat kar"." (Don't talk like you're stupid.)
* "Come "na"!" (Don't be shy, come!)
* "T.V. on "kar"." (Turn on the T.V.)
* "Bore "mat kar". (Don't bore me.)

ee also

*Indian English
*Sri Lankan English

External links

*cite web|url=http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/1123/p01s03-wosc.html|title=A Hindi-English jumble, spoken by 350 million|publisher=Christian Science Monitor|date=November 23, 2004|author=Scott Baldauf
*cite web|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/6122072.stm|title=It's Hinglish, innit?|date=8 November 2006|publisher=BBC News|author=Sean Coughlan
*cite web|url=http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6575473|title=Practicing 'The Queen's Hinglish' in Central England|publisher=NPR|date=December 4, 2006|author=Rob Gifford, Baljinder Mahal
* [http://cuttingchai.castpost.com// 'Learn Hindi from Bollywood movies - an audio podcast']
*cite web|url=http://conferences.mica-india.net|title=Chutnefying English Conference on Hinglish

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