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Understanding "Walkabout" in France and India
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Support the naming of a TV series by understanding the meaning of the word "walkabout" in France and India, with India being the priority.
India claims to be the world's
largest speaking country, second to the US. This is equivalent to
people and that number is supposed to
over the next 10 years. However, that's only
of their population.
is a uniquely Indian variant on English, mainly due to poor teaching standards and the unique position of first-generation English speakers. It relies heavily on the continuous tense and removes many articles like "the" or "a" - making
for when clarity or subtlety is necessary.
English is heavily class- and region-specific for India. According to the
of rural Indians speak English vs.
of urban Indians.
of well-off Indians could speak English but less than
of the poor could. An upper-caste person was three times more likely to be able to speak English than others. Also, more than
of Christians spoke English while only
of Hindus and
of Muslims did.
This is reflected in the regions where English is spoken. Rather than being linked to geography, where English might be used as a "bridge" language, it was linked to a region's prosperity or dominant religion. Accordingly, more English is spoken in places like
Delhi, Haryana, Goa, and Meghalaya.
For families that predominantly speak English at home (making the children native English speakers), a different picture emerges. They are well within the top
of Indians economically. They are located in the
top urban cities
of India (Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Pune, Hyderabad, and Kolkata, with some in smaller towns or Goa. According to
, there may be about
families in India that fall under this classification.
The dominant search engine in India is
, with a
market share. The next competitor is
When using Google India, the
first page results
are split between official dictionary definitions and features on a 1971 movie called "Walkabout". There are also
suggested movie categories
as further searches at the bottom of the page. These are "Aboriginal Australian movies", "Boy movies", and "Adventure movies".
Based on the above results, the majority of the findings for Google India are neutral. However, a results under the "People also ask" box clarifies that the term walkabout is
Again using Google India, when searching for translations of "walkabout" into Hindi, several translations pop up but they mean "
a walking tour
." Note however that only
of Indians speak Hindi, and that definition includes several other mother tongues. Therefore, the translation and meanings may differ across languages and dialects.