What is your favorite Malayalam word/phrase? Why?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: I use a lot of Malayalam slang words and phrases in my daily banter… some of them are native to Ernakulam and Tripunithura, while some are picked up from my dad’s native place, Thrissur-Palakkad border, and thereabouts. Uvva! (ഉവ്വ ) This is like saying ‘Yeah right!’… intense sarcasm intended. Oh…

What word(s) have expats picked up living abroad?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: I tend to add in a lot of Arabic words into my daily vocabulary although I speak only in English at work. It just comes automatically and not because I speak in Arabic to anyone at all. I find myself using these all the time… Yaani Aiwa Marhaba’n Sabah Al-Khair…

What are the language(s) you want to learn and why?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Thank you for the A2A, Arvind. What language(s) do you speak fluently now? I can speak in English, Malayalam, Tamil and Hindi with equal fluency. I can squeak in Arabic and French 😛 What language(s) are you learning at the moment? To be honest, none 😦 What language(s) do you…

When did you learn your second (or third) language?

What were the circumstances? Answer by Raakhee Venugopal: My third language was Arabic and later French. Oui, it was. Well, French was actually my second language that way. Err…it’s complicated. Anyway… Having studied in an English-medium school, English was obviously my first language. I did my schooling in Abu Dhabi (UAE), where it was mandatory…