We are starting something new this month with ISpeakHindi.com that will hopefully make these podcasts more useful to you. We are going to tie the entire month of January into a theme. The theme will be a song from the movie Tezaab (तेज़ाब) called “ek do teen char” (एक दो तीन चार). As you can guess, it will offer a good chance to review numbers. But it will also allow for us to review and learn many other things such as greetings, asking questions, pronouns, the various forms of the verb “to be”, and a many, many other things. We are not going to restrict the sessions to just the song, but use each concept and word in the song as a jumping off point to talk more about Hindi.Let’s talk a little about the name of the movie. Tezaab (तेज़ाब) means acid. It is a noun, and it is masculine. The fact that the noun is masculine is very important for knowing what form of adjectives and adverbs that go with it. For example Mera (मेरा) and Meri (मेरी) both mean mine. Mera (मेरा) is used with masculine nouns as in mera beta (मेरा बेटा) for my son, because son is a masculine noun. So, can you guess which form of Mera (मेरा) would go with tezaab (तेज़ाब)? If you wanted to say “my acid”, would you say “Mera tezaab” (मेरा तेज़ाब) or “Meri tezaab” (मेरी तेज़ाब)? You probably would not have a need to say “My acid” but the idea of having adjectives like “mera” (मेरा) agree with the gender of the noun will be used over and over. But in this case, it would be “mera tezaab” (मेरा तेज़ाब) since tezaab (तेज़ाब) is masculine. And if the noun was feminine, you would use meri (मेरी). For example, my daughter is meri beti (मेरी बेटी), because beti (बेटी)is feminine. This concept applies to all adjectives and adverbs. For example, bara (बड़ा) vs. bari (बड़ी) for big. So, it is important to learn.
We have also received many emails with suggestions on how to improve the program. We will be acting on many of those suggestions this month. Some people thought we should cover less content, but do so more thoroughly, with a lot of review of preceding lessons. Other emails suggested that the program would work better if we practiced more, had a script (today’s script), and made the program more professional. So this month, we have a script for each of the programs. You can help create, edit, and review the scripts. Here are the scripts that we are still developing. Please take a look, fix any issues, make changes, corrections, and add suggestions. Do not worry about messing it up, because the previous copy is saved, and it is easy to fix any mistakes. (Just click on the “edit” tab at the top of the page to make changes.)
You can see all the information about January podcasts, including the above ones, on the January 2008 planning page.
Also, please email us at podcast@ISpeakHindi.com for suggestions on how we can improve the podcast.
We are also going to get many of our Hindi speaking friends to help out with the program so that you can hear the Hindi in many different voices. We have a very exciting month ahead of us. Be sure and come back everyday. You can also subscribe to these podcasts so that you get an email each time we launch one. Just visit the website at www.ISpeakHindi.com and look for the email sign up. Also, you can give each podcast a 1 to 5 star rating on the site. So after you hear each one, please rate the podcast and leave us a comment.
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