So you’ve landed in Chennai — the land of beaches, temples, thalaiva-worshippers, and mouth-watering cuisine. But, the thing to make this mega metropolis more welcoming is to dish out some ‘Madras Bashai’.
No matter which part of the country you belong to, it’s easy to catch up on the slang and belong to the city. So, let’s go!
1. The basic magic words because you can’t shout ‘kaappathunga’ (help) every time.
How are you?
I’m fine, thanks
I don’t understand
2. To the market? Then here are your bargaining tools
Evlo? Or Evlo aagum?
Too much/ high (price)
Decrease it little
Konjam kammi pannunga
I want this/that
3. Directions anyone?
Where is ‘x’?
‘x’ engey erukku?
Where is the ‘x’?
‘x’ enga iruku?
Do you know ‘x’?
4. Get familiar and get assistance promptly
5. SOS or the life saver
Anna/akka, tamil theriyaadu
Or, Bro/sis, I don’t know Tamil.
These words will rescue you from any sticky situation that you might have landed yourself in. Of course, the paradox of saying ‘you don’t know Tamil’ in Tamil is obvious but this will ensure help rather than saying it in English.
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