Local words and phrases you must know while travelling in India

first_imgFebruary 21 is a day to feel proud of your native language. It’s the day the world celebrates the Mother Language Day. India is a country that is full of languages, and that reminds us of a common problem that travellers face here — interacting and creating a connect with locals belonging to different  backgrounds and cultures. HolidayIQ has released a list of words and phrases that one must know while travelling in India.Also read: 5 most picturesque train journeys in India LadakhA beautiful barley field in Ladakh. Picture courtesy: Flickr/sandeepachetan.com travel photography/Creative CommonsLadakh’s unparalleled natural beauty has made it a global traveller’s favourite over the years. There’s no other place in India where you can see a picture-perfect combination of barren mountains, snow, monasteries and lakes. When you are there, use the word joollay to start conversations with the locals. Jollay is commonly used by Ladakhis to say “Hello” or “How are you?”MumbaiThe beautifully lit Victoria Terminus in Mumbai. Picture courtesy: Flickr/Advait Supnekar/Creative Commons MumBe it the Marine Drive, or the Gateway of India, or the Victoria Terminus, or the Juhu Beach, Mumbai has way too many places to please a traveller with. And any Mumbaikar will become a warm host if you know a few local dictions — it will bring a smile on the local’s face when he comes to know that you are trying your best to the local culture. Try using “kya boltaay boss” or “kya boltaay bidu” as conversation starters. We believe that your local guide will put in extra efforts to show you around the city.advertisementBengaluruThe beautiful Ulsoor Lake in Bengaluru. Picture courtesy: Flickr/Swaminathan/Creative CommonsBengaluru is a favourite among travellers who stop by this place before heading for treks to the Western Ghats or go on a trip to other attractive places around, including Wayand, Ooty and Gokarna among others. Besides, it also has good local sports, including the beautiful Ulsoor Lake. Although the city is metropolitan, the locals are known to assume that you are Kannadiga and start talking to you in Kannada. If you ever face such a thing, just say, “Kannada gotilla,” which literally means, “I don’t know Kannada.” If a local gets grumpy in response, make him happy by saying, “Yen maga, yen samachara, ”  which is a good conversation starter.Also read: A detour from Bengaluru to Kolli Hills is worth the view AssamSitting at the banks of river Brahmaputra in Assam will offer you with such breathtaking views. Picture courtesy: Flickr/Michael Folay/Creative CommonsThe home of Brahmaputra river, beautiful tea gardens, teeming wildlife and a treasure house of endangered flora and fauna, Assam will always be a favourite among nature loving travellers. Although the locals are known to be warm and extremely hospitable and helpful, using this sentence can actually make them go that extra mile to help you. Just greet them saying, “Aapunaak loge pai bhaal lagil.” It means, “Pleased to meet you!”Also read: World’s largest river island is in India! KolkataSecond Hooghly Bridge in Kolkata, as seen under the night sky. Picture courtesy: Flickr/Rajarshi Mitra/Creative CommonsWho doesn’t like Kolkata? Howrah Bridge, Second Hooghly Bridge, Park Street, Victoria Memorial Hall, Princep Ghat (River Ganga) and so many more — the city is full of places that can give you a wide variety of experiences and provide a glimpse into the rich tradition and culture of the region. Besides, the local cuisine is to die for. Although most of us are familiar with some of the local dialects, it’s good to know “kemon achhen?” which means, “How are you?” Bengalis get really pleased to see somebody trying to speak the local language.Also read: A day trip from Kolkata will take you to these 5 colonial towns  Tamil NaduMarina Beach, Chennai. Picture courtesy: Flickr/Thangaraj Kumaravel/Creative CommonsTamil Nadu is home to some really amazing sea beaches and a group of ancient temples including Rameswaram, Meenakshi Amman, and Karaikal Ammaiyar, among others. Besides, numerous historic sites attract heritage travellers from all parts of the world. The best way to start a conversation with any Tamil-speaking local is to say, vannakkam. The word is used to greet or welcome someone.VaranasiA riverbank in Varanasi. Picture courtesy: Flickr/Christopher Michel/Creative CommonsThe Ganga aarti at Dashashwamedh Ghat is a rare spectacle that attracts tourists from all parts of the world. Besides, the city is also known for beautiful banks by the river Ganga, a picturesque atmosphere, breathtaking sunrises and sunsets, and the delicious street food. Although it’s quite easy to interact with the Hindi-speaking locals, greeting them by saying, “Ram Ram” will make them really happy. But, be careful not to be too funny with this one as it might offend the God-loving locals.advertisementlast_img

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