Calling the plumber: 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, almost everyone pronounces the word as "plumBer" (with a "b" sound). It is not correct in other types of English, where it is known as "a silent B," but in India, it's important to pronounce it, or you may not be understood!
[On the phone with the plumber for the first time:]
Mausami (M): Hello, I am Mausami. I am calling from Flat no. 303, Gulmohar Apartment. The tap in my bathroom is leaking. Could you please come and check?
Plumber (P): Hello? Who is this?
M: I am Mausami from Flat no. 303, Gulmohar Apartment.
P: Gulmohar apartment in Jayanagar?
M: No, Gulmohar apartment in Koramangala.
P: Ah, ok ok. What happened madam?
M: The tap in my bathroom is leaking. Could you come and check it?
P: Ok Madam. I will come after 2 p.m.
M: Can't you come now, please? A lot of water is leaking and going waste.
P: Now is difficult madam. I will come after half an hour. Ok madam?
M: Ok. But please come soon.
[After an hour, and the plumber is still not there:]
M: Hello, I am Mausami from Gulmohar apartment. Are you coming to check my bathroom tap, please?
P: Who, madam?
M: I am Mausami. I called you one hour ago. You said you’ll come in half an hour. I am waiting, are you coming?
P: Yes madam. Two minutes madam. Which floor madam?
M: Gulmohar Apt, 3rd, flat 303.
P: Yes, thank you I am coming.
M: Thank you.
P: Yes madam, sorry… late.
M: Hi, thank you for coming. Bathroom is this way. Please check the tap. It has been leaking since last night.
P: Sure madam.
[He checks the tap:]
P: Madam actually the internal tap washer needs to be changed. It is damaged. Also there is a problem in the valve. I have to change both the things.
M: Sorry I don't understand these things. Can you tell me?
P: Madam, this is a part inside the tap. I have to change two parts.
M: Ok, are you sure that is the problem?
P: Yes madam, I have checked it.
M: How much will it cost?
P: New tap washer will be Rs. 150 and valve will be Rs. 180 and my labor charge Rs. 100 madam.
M: Ok how much time will it take?
P: Only 20 minutes.
M: Ok then, please change them.
P: Ok madam, I have to buy the materials. Can you give me some advance?
M: Excuse me. I don't understand...
P: Madam, please give me some money to buy the items.
M: How much should I give you?
P: Ah madam, please give me 330 rupees.
M: Ok, I will give you Rs. 330.
P: Thank you madam. I will go and buy now.
M: Please come soon because I have to go out later.
P: Yes I will buy and come immediately.
[After the repairs are done:]
P: It’s done madam. You can check it.
M: Ok. Please wait.
M: Yes. Thank you very much. I hope it will not happen again. Here is your money.
P: Thank you madam. Now the problem is solved madam. Please call me if you face plumbing problems. My name is Vijay.
M: Yes, I will. Thank you very much, Mr. Vijay.
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