'You people' is more formal, as per my understanding. Yes it sounds weird because we all speak informally. 'You guys' 'You all' popped in my head as well.
In American English, "you people" is informal bordering on rude, depending on tone.
some people in US are racist and they have their tone, pitch, and volume... the main thing with hindi is to talk politely...
nothing wrong here... relax..
"You people" especially to Americans will have racial connotations (it's often a racist way white people refer to black people) and should be avoided. It should not be used here. Colloquially "you guys" or "you all(=ya'll)" would be acceptable, but the answer should use the standard English use of "you" in the plural id est "Are you(pl) thirsty?"
The problem here is that English has a different flavor all over the globe. It may sound loosely racist in the US (although I think it is a bit of a stretch), but that is not the case elsewhere I know of. Aren't we getting too politically correct by avoiding a very natural English expression.
But I agree that they should also accept the alternative you suggested, even the 'ya'll' :)
There is no single standard for English. US English, UK English, Scottish, Australian, Canadian, South African . . . all have their own standard registers. "You people" and "we people" is standard Indian English.
I disagree that it's racist. It's only racist based on context and who is using it.
Also, many of us use "y'all". I guess that's better than being misinterpreted by people like you who are under the impression that it's racist. LOL!
"You people" definitely sounds awkward. "You all" would be a more natural way to show that it is plural.
I agree and disagree!
I believe that "you people" is a pretty standard phrasing in American English. In the early 90s there was a politician who once used the phrase to address African-Americans in a way that was contextually demeaning. Geneally, I think it's acceptable, though a bit brusque -- and I would advise a student of English to avoid using it to address a group of African-Americans! However, it's probably the most natural translation for "aap log."
"You (pl)" would be accurate and acceptable.
"You all" may be less problematic, though I think that "you all" would only be used in a situation where the speaker wanted to emphasize that they are addressing the entirety of a group.
"Y'all" itself is more flexible, and I use it constantly, but it may be too informal to serve as a translation of "aap log."
"You guys" is also too informal. Further, it is insensitive to gender, and in some contexts comical.
If you meet speakers of Indian English, they naturally address any group as "you people" or, if they are a member of the group, "we people." It's standard practice in their dialect of English, and shows the influence of Indic grammar.
It's better to get used to encountering the most prevalent forms used in Indian English than to insist on American or British English as the standard. What an irony it would be to engage in cultural imperialism in the name of political correctness.
I don't think it's "cultural imperialism" to suggest that Duolingo accept American or British English answers as correct.
I have even heard a friend say "पंडित लोग", when speaking to some local priests. LOL
Not sure if it's racist (I think that really depends on the context), but I (in the US) perceive "you people" as quite rude. A typical context is "What's wrong with you people?" -- and of course whether it's racist or not depends on who the "people" are. (I have in mind DMV employees or telephone customer-service agents.)