Difference Between Hindi And English

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‘Why do Bollywood movies mix Hindi and English’ is a question that I have been asked by my foreigner friends over and over again. It comes to them as a surprise when I reply. ‘It is the normal way people talk in India’.
Today, English is widely acknowledged as being the ‘lingua franca’ of the modern world. This phrase refers to the adoption of English as the ‘bridging’ language among communities to allow communication between people who do not speak the same language or dialect- making it the leader in education, research, tourism and the media. However, in recent years, new competitor languages have emerged to supersede English, particularly in multilingual contexts such as the Indian subcontinent.
After independence from the British empire in 1947, English became the official second language of India and was spoken among upper class Indians predominantly for socio-economic purposes. Over time, the language gained popularity and was associated with prestige and a high-stature.
Today, a large number of middle and upper class Indians are native speakers of indigenous languages like Hindi, Tamil and Bengali and have adequate or fluent proficiency in English. This bilingualism has resulted in the ‘code-mixing’ phenomenon; the mixing of two or more languages in which words are borrowed and re-invented to create a hybrid language. Examples of the resulting languages include; Hinglish, Tamlish, Bengalish among others.

Hinglish is one hybrid language of India which I am best
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