Where can I learn Mandarin in Delhi

Can I travel in India and only speak English?

I wandered around India a bit with my backpack - I grew up there, by the way - and still had to mostly use English to understand myself when I visited other countries. At least 22 languages ​​are used in India. The strange thing is that even for Indians, English is often the link - the one language I was able to communicate in every part of the country I've been to.

Hindi is mostly useful in the northern and western regions of India. People will be much kinder to you even if you can speak basic Hindi phrases and are less likely to rip you off. Even so, it can be difficult to master correct pronunciation in Hindi. It's like learning Chinese - if you don't understand the sounds properly, you won't understand what "Chinese" means. While Hindi is not a tonal language per se, it does have elements where tone and stress play a role, unlike English.

If you are planning on getting off the beaten path into rural areas, I would highly recommend learning Hindi phrases and too to attempt to get the pronunciation right. People in cities can often compensate for incorrect pronunciations because they are used to it, but people in smaller cities are often not. In most situations, they will try to help you by finding someone who understands English.

In the southern parts of India - Bangalore, for example, as you mention in your itinerary - you will find fewer people able to speak and understand Hindi, and in addition to the regional language of the state, English is de facto the second language. Indeed, speaking in Hindi in the southern states can sometimes be viewed as an insult as it is viewed as "Northern India" imposing a foreign language on them.


For your information, you can communicate in English easily in Bangalore.

Ankur Banerjee ♦

@NileshThakkar I am very well aware of this as I have learned Mandarin. There are far more variations than just Mandarin and Cantonese. My point is still valid.

German Zuid

@NileshThakkar Totally and completely wrong.


If Chinese tones were as important as some people say, the Chinese would not be able to understand the lyrics of their own songs.