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English words in spoken Hindi

Hi, I'd like to know why when people are speaking in Hindi, they sometimes use English words.

June 8, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/JackRabbitEagan

Same reason we use Hindi words in English, it's easier to take a word for a concept from a language that has that concept, then it is to make a completely new word for said concept.

Like Yoga.

Fun fact, Yoga and Yoke, the bar tied around an oxen neck so it can plough fields, have the same indo-european-root.

June 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/psionpete

It probably originates from 150 yeas of British colonisation of most of the Indian sub continent.

Also, the English language contains a number of Hindi words such as Bungalow, jhodpurs, char etc from the same period.

June 8, 2018
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