Wednesday, 18 July, 2007

English Error

In India, we have over a dozen official languages and countless local dialects. So how does a farmer from Bihar speak with a fisherman from Kerala The answer, for now, is 'not easily'.
One day, however, all Indians will use English as a first, second or third language. This will allow them to communicate effectively not only with other Indians, but also the rest of the world.

Of course, getting to that point won't be easy. For most of us, English is still a challenge. With all its irregularities, exceptions and rules, English is a very difficult language to master.

With that in mind, presents our English Bloopers series. Here, we publish written and spoken mistakes spotted and sent to us by observant Get Ahead readers. It's a great way to review the basics, clarify a few issues and share a laugh or two! So, stop by each Monday, Wednesday and Friday for another fresh batch of English Bloopers

Nikhlesh Mathur notices a few mistakes that arise from our fluency in Hindi:

Most North Indians are definitely better in the Hindi language than we are in the English language. Problems arise when we speak English words with a Hindi accent. Look at the the word 'genuine'. The tendency to pronounce this word as 'genine' is incorrect. The twist of the tongue at the right moment is neccesary to pronounce 'u' in the word 'genuine'.

When the word 'cost' is written in the Hindi language, a half moon curve is correctly marked over the the Hindi letter 'Ka'. Therefour, most of us pronounce 'cost' as 'cast' while speaking. Both 'cost' and 'cast' are English words but have entirely different meanings.

He says, 'If you find any gaffes in my corrections, blame it on my English teacher!'
Wrong: He is calling to you
he 'to' is not needed in this statment. You could either remove the 'to' or replace it with 'for'.

Correct: He is calling you.
Wrong: Say me the truth!

This is especially prevalent in Andhra Pradesh. It should be 'tell'.

Correct: Tell me the truth
Wrong: The real fact is that you are not married.This is redundant, because a fact is true or provable. Therefore, all facts are real.
Correct: The fact is that you are not married.
Wrong: GovnermentWrong: Agnaist Wrong: Envornament.

These are common mistakes that can be heard in call centres in Hyderabad. The employees have trouble pronouncing words such as, '
Government', 'Against' and 'Environment'.

Correct: Government
Correct: Against
Correct: Environment
Wrong: Fathers name
Wrong: Martial statusI

often come across these common mistakes in resumes or cover letters. 'Fathers name' implies more than one father while 'Martial status' implies military rule.
Correct: Father's nameCorrect: Marital status
Ramamurthy Sridhar, from Hyderabad, sent these three bloopers.Wrong: I am having a lovely family.This type of error is easy to hear in India. We use the present continuous tense in place of the present simple tense.Correct: I have a lovely family.Wrong: This vehicle is dead cheap.When a product is very cheap, a lot of us say it is 'dead cheap'. Actually, the phrase is 'dirt cheap'.Correct: This vehicle is dirt cheap. Wrong: It will be a very cut and right report.The proper phrase is 'cut and dry' or 'cut and dried'. It means that something is settled or routine. Correct: It will be a very cut and dried report.
'This calamity is very nice!'
She came in at 12:00 pm
Ten avoidable English errors
'Why you do me like that?'
'She thought me English'
'Don't rotate in the corridor.'
Tips for those tricky adjectives
'I come to office by walk'
English bloopers: 'She is very proudy!'
Those pesky prepositions
'That person is very kiddish'
Reply fastly!
Did you bye the petrol?
'Is this your's?'

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