This article is fascinating and hilarious because it reminded me of the way I grew up with my own merging of my first language and second language.  There are so many things that I could not translate to english from my native language of Punjabi.  My sister and I grew up cracking up and the joke between us was that Punjabi was liking smacking each other because it was so in your face!  I know other people have a different perception that Punjabi is very sweet.  It certainly can with the tone of a sweet grandmother.  However when spoken by a 7 foot strong punjabi man, it can sound like you are going down!