Hinglish

For reasons that will eventually make sense, I’ve compiled a list of helpful terms to know in Indian English, and a few terms in Hindi too!

Indian English

(an) Alphabet
A Letter

Bath
Like a shower, but with a sponge.

Brother
A cousin, male friend, or actual brother

Cabin
Cubicle or Office

Cold Drink
Soda

Cut the Call
Hang Up

Dry Fruits
Nuts

Do the Needful
It’s not clear. I think customer support agents for Indians do things for their customers when they _cut the call_, where as customer service agents in the west tend to immediately forget about customer needs when ending a call.

Geyser
A Sink with Hot Water

FB
Facebook. Same number of syllables but appeals to the Indian love of ancronyms.

Mobile
Phone

nth Standard
nth Grade

Parcel
Package

Organic
Ayurvedic

Saloon
Salon

Stamp Paper
Untranslatable bureaucracy tool. It's like 3-4 levels above what westerners would call notarization. It's really important to get anything done.

Sweet Corn
Regular Corn

Time Pass
Using Facebook

Useful Hindi

Almira
A Cabinet or wardrobe

Acha
Means anything from "I understand" to "ok" to "good" to "really?" (Like English speakers say "yeah")

Badiya
Good

Badme
Later

Bahan
Sister

Bahot
Lots

Bhai
Brother

Dee
Big Sister

Dheere
Slow(ly)

Gajab
Amazing

Ganda
Bad

Ghar
Home

Jaldi
Fast

Kaam
Work

Khaana
Food

Masala
Mix of things

Nind
Sleep

Parivar
Family

Pooja
Relgious activity

Shaadi
Wedding

Thora
Small, little

Wala/Wali
Person who is associated with a thing, generally a seller.