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About Indian English

English has been spoken by a minority of people in India for more than 200 years and in 1947 was given the status of a subsidiary official language. It is estimated that about 12% of Indians know some English today. It is the language of the country’s legal system, universities and, in many cases, government. Indian English is understandable to other English speakers but includes some unique words and expressions.

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Fun facts — English (Indian)

  • In Indian English, as well as postponing a meeting, you can also ‘prepone' one, meaning to bring it forward!
  • Indian English uses the question ‘what’s your good name?’ instead of ‘what’s your name?’ as a sign of respect to the person being spoken to.
  • A manager is called an ‘incharge’ and instead of asking if you are on holiday, an Indian English speaker would ask ‘are you out of station’?
  • Indian English has some numbers which aren't used in other dialects of English: 'one lakh' is a hundred thousand, 'ten lakh' is a million, and 'one crore' is ten million.

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