At the department store: Kannada English



Before you listen: Please, note the highlighted words below. Their pronunciation is different in Kannada English. Try to pay attention when you listen to them, because most Indian people will pronounce them in this way. Remember that 1) in Kannada English, all -ed endings are clearly pronounced 2) ma'am, mam, sir are used in almost every sentence 3) many speakers add Kannada words into their English 4) all th sounds become t or d.

Tip: In India, a lot of people pronounce w and v the same, as v. You can hear that a lot in this topic. That's not correct in other types of English, but in India, it's important to pronounce it like that, or you may not be understood!

At the department store 1 - eigoPaathshala Indian English listening
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[At the department store: the guard at the entrance]

Guard: Good morning madam! Please go there and deposit your bag at the counter.

Kato: Sorry, what?

G: Please keep the bag inside that counter.

At the department store 2 - eigoPaathshala Indian English listening
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[Part two: she goes near the counter]

Staff: Good morning madam. Laptop? Valuables ? Please take with you inside.

K: Sorry what should I do?

S: Please take your bag and mobile inside, madam. I will put tag and give you token madam.

K: Ohh... is this ok? Thank you.

S: Madam! Please take your token!

K: Thanks!

At the deparment store 3 - eigoPaathshala Indian English listening
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[She goes inside the store]

K: Excuse me, where can I find noodles?

Staff 1: They are over there madam, next to the crockery and cutlery section.

K: S-sorry, which section?

S1: Crockery and cutlery? Spoon, forks, plates? Next to that.

K: Ah ok, thank you!

[She goes to that aisle]

K: Excuse me, do you have Ramen?

Staff 2: What mam? Rame? Who Rame?

K: Ramen noodles, do you have Ramen noodles?

S2: Mam we have Maggi noodles, Smith & Jones noodles, Ching’s noodles and Top Ramen.

K: Ok I got Ramen, thank you! And where is yogurt?

S2: What mam?

K: I want to buy yogurt, do you have it?

S1 to S2: Yogurt means curd, she wants to buy curd.

S2: Ah ok ok, curd is in the fridge madam.

K: Sorry in what?

S2: Refrigerator madam, there.

K: Ok, thank you!

Useful vocabulary

Deposit 預ける

Laptop ​ノートパソコン

Valuables 貴重品

​Token トークン(引換券のようなもの)

Noodles 麺類

​Crockery 瀬戸物(陶器の食器)

Cutlery 金物の食器

​Fridge/ Refrigerator 冷蔵庫