Meeting the neighbors: 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!
[Meeting for the first time]
Vibha: Hello! Ms. Kikuchi, I'm Vibha, your neighbor. How are you?
Ms. Kikuchi: Hello, Vibha-san. I am fine, thank you! It’s nice to meet you.
V: Nice to meet you too. So, how are things? Are you able to settle down comfortably in Bangalore?
K: Well, yes we are trying to settle down. But, there are a lot of challenges. We will take some time.
V: Of course, I know it must be difficult. Please feel free to ask me if you need any help.
K: Thank you so much. Actually I wanted to ask you about supermarket. Is there one nearby?
V: Yes, there is a supermarket named ‘Haiko’ about 500 meters from here. You will get all the household things there. I think they also sell some Japanese food.
K: Oh, really? Could you please repeat the name? I couldn’t catch it.
V: Ah, yes. It’s ‘Haiko’. H-A-I-K-O.
K: Oh! Thank you for the information. I will go there in the evening.
V: No problem at all! Feel free to reach me whenever you face any difficulty. My house is on the third floor, house number 303.
K: Sure, Vibha San! Thanks. It was nice meeting you.
V: Same here. See you later! Bye!
①Settle down 落ち着く
Household goods 日用品
②By the way ところで
To recommend 勧める
③Play area 遊び場
Come over 立ち寄る
To disturb 邪魔をする
[Meeting the second time]
K: Hi, Vibha-san! How are you?
V: Oh, hi Ms.Kikuchi! I'm doing very well. How about you? Seeing you after almost a week.
K: Yes, I have been busy with the house and kids.
V: Oh yes, I can understand. By the way, did you go to Haiko the other day?
K: Ah! Yes. I could go there easily and it was very nice. I could find almost everything that I needed. Thank you so much for recommending.
V: You are welcome! Is there anything else that I can help you with?
K: Yes, actually I want to go shopping. Could you suggest some good mall?
V: Oh yes! There is ‘Orion mall’ just down this lane. Have you been to Starbucks at the end of this street?
K: Yes, yes! I have been there.
V: Ok, it’s just a few buildings away from Starbucks, on the same lane.
K: Ok, thank you so much. I will go to the mall today in the evening. Could you tell me the name again?
V: Ah, it’s "Orion."
K: Ok, "Orion Mall."
V: Yes! See you later then! Happy shopping!
K: Thanks, see you later!
[Meeting for the third time]
K: Hi, Vibha-san! How are you?
V: Hi, Kikuchi san! I am very well. How are you? How was shopping yesterday?
K: It was a lot of fun. Thanks for recommending that mall. My children were very happy in the play area. And I did all of my shopping.
V: (Haha) That’s good!
K: Yes, it is very difficult to shop with the kids.
V: I know! By the way, would you like to come over to our house for coffee today evening? The kids can meet each other and be friends?
K: That's good idea. Hope I am not disturbing you.
V: Not at all. We would be happy to have you over.
K: Thank you so much.
V: Would 5 p.m. be convenient for you?
K: Sorry, but my daughter comes back from school at 5 p.m. Can we go, eh, come at 5:30?
V: Absolutely! Please come whenever it’s convenient for you all.
K: Thanks! See you at 5:30 today.
V: Sure, will be waiting. See you!