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Posted at: Mar 11, 2018, 2:01 AM; last updated: Mar 11, 2018, 1:24 PM (IST)

UK college to expand Hinglish course offering

UK college to expand Hinglish course offering
''Hinglish is easier to learn than Hindi because it is taught using Roman letters rather than the traditional Devanagari script.''

London, March 10

A UK college which piloted a language course in Hinglish last year is planning to offer it to a wider range of students from this year following an interest among students to learn the new language, which is a blend of Hindi and English.

Portsmouth College said the popularity of the course, offered as part of a wider module, reflects an interest among students for work placements with Indian companies and that having a basic grasp of Hindi would give them a head start in the market.

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“The Hinglish course finished last week and there have already been enquiries from students and adult learners about taking up this course next year,” said James Watters, Head of E6 Programmes at the college.

The unique course was introduced for a select group of students in November 2017 to raise student awareness of the language, get them to explore how Hinglish is used in society and business in the UK and internationally, and give them insights into specific cultural reference in headlines/texts in adverts, films and newspapers related to India.

“Movies are being watched a lot by Indian people and right from the titles to the song to the script, everything is in Hinglish,” explains Hinglish teacher Viraj Shah.

An initial cohort of 18 students attended the Hinglish sessions on a regular basis, who are now being approached for their views on how the course could be further developed. It will then become a regular feature from the 2018-19 academic year as part of the Modern Business Language & Culture programme at Portsmouth College in Hampshire. — PTI

In great demand 

Portsmouth College in Hampshire introduced the unique course for a select group of students in November 2017 to raise student awareness of the language, get them to explore how Hinglish is used in society and business in the UK and internationally

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