Inside India Part 2: English in India

"Indians speak English": What this really means

Most foreign business people know that English is the one language that you need to do business in India. What they may not know is how widely spoken English is in that country. And, until they start actually talking to Indians, they may not realize that they have created their own national dialect of English.

In a speech given in Oxford in 2005, India's prime minister Manmohan Singh made some comments on the subject of English and its use in his country. "In indigenizing English, as so many people have done in so many nations across the world, we have made the language our own," he stated. "Today, English in India is seen as just another Indian language."

But before considering Dr. Singh's statement, we have to deconstruct this frequent claim that "Indians speak English". Most Indians don't.

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