English Vinglish story begins with Sashi (sridevi) who is a typical Indian housewife devoted to homely chores and taking care of family. However, she cannot read and write English and due to that she is looked down upon even by her young daughter. But Sashi makes fantastic laddoos and she also runs a home business. The story takes a turn when she has to go to New York to help with a relatives wedding. Due to her language problem, she faces lot of challenges. Then she decides to learn English and joins secretly for a four week crash course in USA. What happens after that forms the rest of the story.