There are three languages spoken here in Ahmedabad, India. Hindi, Gujarati, and English. The former two are very easily confused with each other, but English sticks out like a sore thumb. I have enjoyed learning some of the local dialect and what are the basic sayings that are most used. The words are phonetic but it is tricky to spell the words correctly. I have listed some below:

Kem cho – How are you/hello
Majama – Fine/I'm fine
A cho – Good bye
Ab ahr – Thank you
Chai – Tea

I have always enjoyed speaking different languages and I find it very intriguing that the St. Xavier's Jesuits, faculty students know English so well that we are not expected to really know the language. However, the Marquette students and faculty are always happy to learn a new phrase and practice it with the people we meet on the streets and with the students, faculty and Jesuits. This is turning into a greater experience than I could have imagined. 



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    Andrea is a recent graduate from the Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University with a double major in journalism and Spanish.

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