Phraseology.

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Each day can be a blur of different languages; but most things are repeated 2, 3, and 4 times. Here is a list of some of the phrases I hear the most, or that I’ve picked up on, or that I have started using.

No problem, no problem (said it relation to literally any situation of large or small magnitude)

It is not possible.

Amma, amma, amma, amma, amma (yes in Tamil)

You are coming from? or, From which country you are? (Frequent, and from any auto driver, student, stranger in the bathroom)

Hi! Hi! (Strangers, children, creepy men to us, especially the girls)

You look dull/You look tired/You look sick. (Often used as we arrive somewhere after a sweaty 30 minute bus ride or 15 minute walk in the 100 degree heat and humidity)

Did you eat? (Variations on a theme: When did you eat? What did you eat? And no matter what the answer, they insist that you must eat again!)

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