English Medium or Medium English?

India. A country that is not only advancing in technology and infrastructure but education too.

Many people think that Indians do not know much English, maybe its because they don’t speak as clearly as others or because they mispronounce certain words. But they do understand and speak the universal language.

In fact here are some words which are mispronounced by some Indians:

  • Google pronounced as “googly”
  • Love- “low”
  • School- “iscool” (is-cool)
  • English – “englis”

They also pronounce the alphabet “R” even if it is meant to be silent, so if you intend on going to India for holiday and you need a cellphone charger, don’t forget to pronounce the R’s in charger.

But while the world is laughing at their English, Indians are making their own cellphones, they are the 7th largest producer of hydroelectric power in the world and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch its first Indian human mission by 2022.
If there is one thing I have learnt more than anything else about Indians, it is that they don’t care what the world thinks about them and their population, they don’t care if everyone thinks India is just about Bollywood and curry because they know that two of the most successful Indian actresses are also among the Forbes most influential people, they know that the decimal number system was first recorded in India, they know that the world’s first iron pillar was the Iron pillar of Delhi (India), many computer and programming languages were first developed in India too, not to mention that snakes and ladders, yes the game we all grew up playing, well… it originated in India!

But here the rest of us sit, wondering if Huawei and Google will come to an agreement, here we are talking about reducing pollution and fighting climate change, while India is out there actually taking action with their Swachh Bharat Mission or Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India), no it’s not a mission to kill animals or cut down trees, but to rather clean up the streets, roads and infrastructure of India’s cities, towns, and rural areas, this will also lead to better sanitation and environmental health. Famous celebrity Akshay Kumar also recently teamed up with GOQii Life to make 130 Crore Indians healthy and fit and Indians also have at least 9 hydroelectric power stations across the country.

But why am I telling you this? Because many Indians living in other countries are still discriminated against because of their religion, culture, race and well their mispronunciation of English words, yet if you enter their homes, no matter how poor or rich they are, the first thing they will do, is give you a glass of water. While we still ask our visitors “can I get you anything?”, they will have already put a bowl of snacks in front of you.

After sitting for almost an hour, I could not come up with a good conclusion for this blog, so I will end of with something I overheard from a tourist, she said:

“Indian’s homes may be dirty but their hearts are clean.”



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