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Old 05-14-2016, 09:30 AM
Location: Geneva, IL
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I forgot to add there are regional coloquial languages, or pidgin languages in South and Central Africa that grew when miners travelled to different regions and couldn't speak the local language. Fanagolo is a mish-mash of Zulu, Afrikaans and English. Chalapalapa is Shona, English, Afrikaans, and a bit of Portoguese. Chikabanga is a mix of Bemba, English, Zulu and a bit of Afrikaans.

These pidgin language influenced most of the langauges spoken in South Africa.
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Old 05-14-2016, 06:12 PM
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Location: Ontario, Canada
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Are there any English based pidgins with strong influences from Indian languages? The sugar cane labour force was once dominated by Indian employees, did their first languages have an influence the local English dialect in NL?
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Old 05-15-2016, 10:21 AM
Location: Geneva, IL
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I'm not aware of any English pidgin in South Africa, although South Africa English could be termed pidgin as its vocabulary is unique. As far as I'm aware most Indians speak English, a few Afrikaans, and then their language of origin. The common langauge would be English.
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Old 05-19-2016, 12:05 PM
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
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Also wondering, do Indian South Africans speak the same dialect of English as South Africans of British background? Do they tend to live in the same towns/villages due to a common language?
Most Indian South Africans live in and around Durban, with smaller populations in Johannesburg/Pretoria and Cape Town. English is the first language of most Indian South Africans. A minority, especially older people, still speak some Indian languages such as Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi and others as a first language or second language. Most younger people do not speak any other languages, besides English and the compulsory second language taught at school, such as Afrikaans or Zulu.

Most Indian South Africans do have a unique accent, although there are a fair number who speak English with the same accent as used by white Anglos. I wouldn't say they have a specific dialect though.

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Old 06-30-2016, 01:20 PM
Location: Kekaha, Hawaii
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From my experience those in Kwazulu-Natal who were urban dwellers could only speak English for the most part.
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