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Every evening my friend appears at my door dressed up like Carl Lewis and announces "I am going for walking". I was wondering - is that expression right?

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That is a regionalism you can see around the Indian subcontinent. In speech, right depends on the geography. A native BrE speaker may not express it exactly the same way as a native AmE speaker. – Kris Feb 13 '13 at 7:22
Sounds very much like substandard "Indian English" to me. Here's one of a handful of instances in Google Books... Yes, I am knowing. He was going for walking. It was what he was very, very much liking. On his shoulders he would put what he was calling my good old knapsack. – FumbleFingers Feb 13 '13 at 17:03
Was he trying to look like a walking Carl Lewis rather than a running Carl Lewis? – donothingsuccessfully Feb 13 '13 at 17:54

It's usually said as "I am going walking' or 'going for a walk."

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Where is it usually said? – Kris Feb 13 '13 at 7:23
Both that I've listed above are said in Australia. – amanda witt Feb 13 '13 at 7:47
And in the US and Canada and European countries whose residents learn British English. "I am going for walking" is strictly Indian English, not idiomatic American English. Which means that's it's "correct" in India and, perhaps, neighboring countries whose residents speak a similar brand of English. – user21497 Feb 13 '13 at 8:58
Not used in British Standard English. – Barrie England Feb 13 '13 at 9:05
The aussie expression I have heard is going walkabout but that is longer than a walk ;) – mplungjan Feb 13 '13 at 9:54

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