Talking to the cleaner: 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!

Note: This conversation has two versions: with two Indian speakers (on the left) and with an Indian and Japanese speaker (on the right.)

Talking to the cleaner (two Indian speakers) - eigoPaathshala Indian English listening
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Talking to the cleaner (Japanese and Indian spaker) - eigoPaathshala Indian English listening
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[You want to convey the duties to your new cleaner]

House master: Jaya, since this is your first day at work, let me show you around the house and tell you your duties.

Jaya (cleaner): Yes, madam!

H: Well, since you will be working for an hour every day, please do one room every day and clean it well. Also, please remember to clean the living room’s furniture every day. Let’s start with the kitchen. In the kitchen, you need to clean the tiles which are near the gas stove. They become quite greasy after cooking. After that, clean all the drawers and trolleys. There's an exhaust fan in the kitchen. Please clean that once a month. And yes, also the windows.

J: Okay madam, I will do as much as I can in one hour. Madam, I should clean the bathroom also?

H: No, no! We will do that, thanks!

H: In the master bedroom, you need to clean all the corners of the walls and ceilings. Make sure there are no cobwebs there. Also, please clean the mirror, the dressing table and windows. For cleaning the mirror and windows, you can use the cleaning spray. Please clean behind the wardrobes. And please dust the railings and switchboards. Also, the back of the bedroom door tends to catch a lot of cobwebs. Please be careful with that area too.

J: Okay!

H: Ah, here. This is the second bedroom. Please clean it in the same way. Since this room has a bunk bed, please pull the bed forward and clean behind the bed also. Be careful with the windows of this room. They are quite tight and don’t open very easily.

J: Yes, madam!

H: In the living room, please clean all the furniture, and tables and chairs. And be careful with the glass showpieces and the photo frames. You also need to clean the dining table every day. And yes, please clean every room’s ceiling fan once a month.

J: No madam! I cannot climb up a ladder and clean the fans. Anything else?

H: Uumm… Okay, no, I guess. I will tell you when I remember. You can start your work. And please remember to close all the open doors and windows properly. I'll give you the key to come inside from the servants' quarters.

J:Okay madam. There is pigeon problem here no? It is there in the other apartment where I work. They always keep the windows closed. Then also the pigeons came inside and kept eggs on the shelf. That madam was very angry. She called the maintenance staff and they cleaned. It was full of pigeon shit. Dirty, no?

H: Please start working now Jaya. You have only one hour!

J: OK ok madam. I will start with the living room today.

Useful vocabulary

Cobweb 蜘蛛の巣

​Wardrobe 衣装ダンス

​Bunk bed 二段ベッド

Furniture 家具

Gas stove ガスコンロ

​Greasy 油っぽい

​Ceiling 天井

Ladder はしご

​Servant 使用人

Drawer 引き出し

Trolley 手押し車

​Exhaust fan 換気扇

Quarter 宿所

Pigeon はと

​Shelf 棚