Why People from India switches to Hindi for work related conversations?

SAP kbron
Dec 3, 2018 61 Comments

I been in several companies in the valley. In all is the same. People from India that speaks perfect English decides to speak in Hindi for work related topics. Why this people always hide something?

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  • Micro Focus / Eng5’6” Ruski
    I always assume that people around me who switch to taking in their native language are talking shit about me.
    Dec 3, 20183
    • Google / EngqYDgc2
      You're paranoid and have delusion of grandeur. Realize that most people don't care enough about you to ever bother talking shit about you.
      Dec 3, 2018
    • Micro Focus / Eng5’6” Ruski
      Are you American by any chance?
      Dec 3, 2018
    • Google / EngqYDgc2
      No, I am the one talking in a language you don't understand (but not Hindi)
      Dec 3, 2018
  • New / OtherAuntHilda
    Not every indian language is Hindi. It can also be Telugu or any other Indian language.
    Dec 3, 20183
    • LinkedIn / Eng
      Gill Bates

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      [Insert epic sax here]
      Gill Batesmore
      Does it actually make a difference which language it is? It's a dick move whether it's Hindi, Telugu, Chinese, Korean, Russian, or German.
      Dec 3, 2018
    • Microsoft XKWP47
      Hey moron, Hindu is not a language. You are very welcome!
      Dec 3, 2018
    • LinkedIn / Eng
      Gill Bates

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      Hey moron, i and u are 1/8 of an inch apart on touchscreen keyboards. You are very welcome!
      Dec 3, 2018
  • Intel uRock
    Ironically India is the largest English speaking country.
    Dec 3, 20186
    • Booking.com / Enga bug
      Do you know fractions and percentages, duh?
      Dec 3, 2018
    • Intel uRock
      Just google it bro.
      Dec 3, 2018
    • Booking.com / Enga bug
      Again, do you know percentages or just the absolute numbers?
      Dec 3, 2018
    • Intel UGeJ58
      ^You are one of those people on conference calls that like to make their presence felt by holding up the meetings on a menial detail or clarification. Whenever I hear those people, I just assume they can't grasp the more difficult problem at hand, so they stick to what they can do.
      Dec 3, 2018
    • Intel uRock
      😂😂
      Dec 3, 2018
    • LinkedIn / Eng
      Gill Bates

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      I'm pretty sure Canada is the largest English speaking country. Only Russia is larger, but it's not an English speaking country.
      Dec 3, 2018
  • LinkedIn / EngSlime
    Hold up now. I don’t support Indians speaking anything other than english while working with others. But this post suggests that Indians should not speak in English even among themselves when there is no one else involved.

    This seems a bit unfair. My Chinese colleagues are always speaking Chinese and it’s the same with the others. I don’t go around getting offended for every small conversation they have without me.
    Dec 3, 201811
    • Microsoft Sexybeast
      English is the official language in US, so Indians must talk among themselves in English as well? What kind of logic is that? And irrespective of the topic being gossip or not, if they are talking in a language you don’t understand, it means that they don’t consider it important enough for you to understand what they are talking about, so shouldn’t you move on instead of eavesdropping and trying to divine the topic of their gossip? Of course if you are part of their discussion, they should not speak in Hindi, but I suspect they never do that. Stop being an entitled brat who feels that he has to understand everything spoken by everybody around him all the time.
      Dec 3, 2018
    • SAP kbron
      OP
      Sexybeast, what part you don't understand of my previous post which is just above of yours. I said people should speak English for work related stuff. I don't give a shit about their private conversations
      Dec 3, 2018
    • Microsoft Sexybeast
      Quote - “Fuck, this ppl switch language to hide stuff or gozip and that is unfair.” That is not unfair. They can speak in whatever the duck language they want, to discuss whatever the duck they want.
      Dec 3, 2018
    • SAP kbron
      OP
      Like if that mindset helped the corporation.
      Dec 3, 2018
    • Microsoft Sexybeast
      Funny isn’t it. Typical white supremacist toxic American mindset. Anybody who works in America, of course their native country must be shithole. Only America is a true glorious country. That is why it is the playpen of paedophiles. Where bishops and padres fuck underage teens for breakfast and still get the support of majority of people because they are brainwashed. Where bishops and evangelists are sent to other countries “to spread the word of your lord and saviour” and end up getting shot by native tribes. Where children go to school not knowing whether they will come back home safely or get shot by a white “lonely” terrorist. Where school shootings are an every day matter. Where half the economy (which is what enables them to stand tall) is run by mongering war in other countries to give them “freedom”. Where people are so dumb that they elect Donald Trump as president. Yes. Of course America is paradise and India (or any country which is not America) is shithole.

      As for the assimilation bit, I totally agree that immigrants must assimilate. That does NOT mean that they have to forget their own culture.
      Dec 3, 2018
    • Microsoft Sexybeast
      Nope. On the contrary, the enlightened people went and settled there and it benefitted from the congregation of the enlightened souls from the entire world. Manhattan Project happened because all the Einsteins and Neils Bohrs and Heisenbergs and Paul Diracs congregated there. America has always benefitted from this congregation. That is what has propelled it to superpower status. For it to call other countries as shitholes now ( the same countries from where the best people congregate there and continue to make America stronger while pushing their native countries to future decline due to brain drain) is pathetic. Reeks of hubris.

      And as for your nativity, please don’t compare Middle East to India. India has its share of problems of course, but do not even begin to bracket India with Middle East in terms of talent, cultural impact and most importantly, human rights. I know Indians are treated like shit there, that does not mean India is a shithole, that means your country is a shithole.
      Dec 3, 2018
    • AMD GDKa06
      Agree with the comment to not bracket India with the middle east. In india people have human rights. People leave because there are better opportunities in the US, not because of dire circumstances back home. India is a pretty good country to live in.
      Dec 3, 2018
    • Microsoft Sexybeast
      Sub par, see, you mentioned it right there. “Culture”. As the joke runs, what is the difference between bacteria and America? That if left for 200 years, the bacteria will at least develop a culture.

      Your country might have had a great past 1000 years back. But now it is worse than hell.
      Dec 3, 2018
    • LinkedIn / EngSlime
      I’ll speak what ever I want with my friends in or outside the office. When I’m with Indians only in the office I’ll speak with them in our native language even if that’s work related. That’s because we are simply more comfortable with it. The fact that you just assume that Indians just want to gossip about you in Hindi shows how small minded you are. We have better stuff to do and even if they were talking shit about you do you want to know?

      I’ve said this already, but if there is someone else non-Indian who does not understand me during work then I will definitely speak English as everyone should. There’s a difference between being unprofessional and just being normal
      Dec 3, 2018
    • SAP kbron
      OP
      WTF you are talking about? By speaking in your dumb language you are limiting discussions to indians. Do you think that is been team players? What an idiot
      Dec 3, 2018
  • Google fre t
    Same for Chinese, Russian or any other community.
    Dec 3, 20185
    • SAP kbron
      OP
      English is official language for Indians. The only reason they switch is to hide shit
      Dec 3, 2018
    • Amazon DoJustice
      The media reported that only 10% of Indians could speak English
      Dec 3, 2018
    • Booking.com / Enga bug
      kbron: facts please :)
      Dec 3, 2018
    • Intel UGeJ58
      Oh, I see it's the official language of India. Next time, just kindly remind them that because English is their official language, no other languages are allowed. Be sure to have this conversation nearby your manager so he can back you up if needed.
      Dec 3, 2018
    • What if the manager is Indian?
      Dec 3, 2018
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    • Amazon / EngTroll Food
      Yup, we are all speaking unofficial English here.
      Dec 3, 2018
    • Microsoft Sexybeast
      Umm, Indians talking among themselves in their native language makes them uncivil? That way, all Americans who speak English are uncivil as well, right? Given they English is their native language? Or do you have the delusion of grandeur that anybody not speaking in English is automatically uncivil? 🤔
      Dec 3, 2018
    • Microsoft Sexybeast
      If in front then yes. But I don’t think they do.
      Dec 3, 2018
    • Nvidia chalubhalu
      Maybe bcoz you are sub par?
      Dec 3, 2018
    • Microsoft Sexybeast
      “Non enlightenment countries”. Lol. You whites never cease to amaze me. Anything which is not white is not enlightened! 😂😂
      Dec 3, 2018
  • Walmart.com
    simba😊

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    I am from India, I too find that annoying
    Dec 3, 20180
  • Intel UGeJ58
    It's more often for gossip-based work related topics.
    Dec 3, 20180
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  • Oracle / Otheryuio
    Not every Indian does that. I am an Indian and definitely think it's unprofessional to talk in native languages irrespective of their nationality

    I have seen this with other nationalities too
    Dec 3, 20180
  • Google Barksdale
    OP - Why do you speak Chinese with your colleagues in a mixed company of non-Chinese people even when you know how to speak English?
    Dec 3, 20182
    • SAP kbron
      OP
      I don't speak chinese, hellooo!
      Dec 3, 2018
    • Facebook Pork chops
      Mandarin or Cantonese. Do racism right.
      Dec 3, 2018
  • Amazon / Eng
    periscope

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    periscopemore
    There are unprofessional people in every country, from every country. Most observed ons are Indians and Chinese....Duh... They make a 3rd of the entire population.
    Dec 3, 20180
  • Visa shaolin
    OP, do you even English bro?
    Dec 3, 20181
    • SAP kbron
      OP
      Your sista didn't complain
      Dec 3, 2018
  • Microsoft F12Gh
    If they are doing it around non-Indians then they are probably socially autistic and don’t realize how rude that is. I wouldn’t assume malice by default.
    Dec 3, 20180
  • Uber Hcdgjfddj
    I have the same thing going on in my team. I try to ignore it even though it gets on my nerves sometimes.
    Dec 3, 20180
  • Intel uRock
    Actually Indians except telugu people usually speak English most of the times. Reason being they come from different native language and even if they don’t they are use to speak in English even back in India. Its the people from china, Mexico and South America usually jump to their language as soon as they see their fellow countryman
    Dec 3, 20184
    • Amazon / Eng
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      periscopemore
      My team of 8 indians and 1 Egyptian speak in hindi. The Egyptian left the team.
      Dec 3, 2018
    • Intel uRock
      Haha.. were all Indians telugu? Nothing against telugu but have heard similar story in some intel groups. My team have around 70% Indians but we speak English mostly and gel up pretty good with other ethnicities
      Dec 3, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng
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      periscopemore
      No. Why would all Telugu guys speak in Hindi? Everyone from UP, Delhi, Haryana. I am the Telugu guy and I am leaving in a week.
      Dec 3, 2018
    • Intel uRock
      Guys from UP, Delhi and haryana in one team? I could not find all these in one Intel group. North Indians in tech are rare to find.
      Dec 4, 2018
  • Broadcom Ltd. / Eng
    nobb

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    nobbmore
    seen those shit happens most in indians, sometimes chinese, and irans
    Dec 3, 20182
    • Intel uRock
      I am sure they must be making fun of you. You seems to be like that who Indians will make fun of 😁
      Dec 3, 2018
    • Broadcom Ltd. / Eng
      nobb

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      nobbmore
      no, I can speak both Hindi and Chinese, but no fucking Persian
      Dec 4, 2018
  • Proofpoint / Eng
    No more

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    No moremore
    I see my coworkers talk in Tamil... intentionally.. to make repo with out doing any work
    Dec 3, 20181
    • Intel uRock
      Even if they speak English it sounds tamil to me Daa..
      Dec 4, 2018
  • Salesforce / Other
    Sassy_

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    Sassy_more
    Thank your overlords for the privilege of being a subject of a conversation right in front of your face without your understanding.
    Dec 3, 20180

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