Philip Salter suggests:
Not a podcast, but a chatroom for real conversation… at varying levels.
That’s a good idea! I’ve added a chat room that we could chat in on the right side of the ISpeakHindi.com screen. Here is a picture of what to look for.
There has been some chatting going on in the room, and I thought it might be good to cover some of the Hindi that was exchanged:
Meena: मुझे बड़ी खुशी हुई कि आप मेरे यहाँ आए। I am very happy that you have come here to me.
Naraindas: आप कहाँ हैं? मतलब आप कहाँ रहती हैं? Where are you? Meaning, Where do you live? (addressing a female)
Meena: अच्छा! In addition to meaning “good” it can mean really! Ok.
Naraindas: कयों आप हिंदी सीख रही हैं? Why are you learning Hindi? (addressing a female)
Meena: एक करीबी दोस्त हिंदी बोलती है। A close friend speaks Hindi. (talking about a female friend)
Naraindas: एक करीबी दोस्त हिंदी बोलता है। A close friend speaks Hindi. (talking about a male friend)
Naraindas: आपकी सहेली कहाँ से हैं? Where is your friend from? (referring to a female friend)
Naraindas: आपकी दोस्त कहाँ रहती है? Where does your friend live? (also referring to a female friend)
Naraindas: अच्छा आपका दोस्त एक आदमी है। I see, your friend is a man.
Meena: mother tongue is मातृभाषा
Meena: मेरे दोस्त की मातृभाषा गुजराती है। My friend’s mother tongue is Gujrati.
Naraindas: आप क्या काम करती हैं? What work do you do? (addressing a female)
Meena: मैं एक छात्रा थी. I was a student. (spoken by a female)
Meena: मैं काम की तलाश में हूँ। I am in search of work. (I am looking for a job) (can be spoken by a man or a woman)
The Lion and the Mouse generated several comments:
I think this approach to learning Hindi is great. Listening to a good speaker reciting fairly simple hindi text with emphasis and some drama is, after all, how children augment their assimilation of their mother tongue and build vocabulary and, importantly, a library of idioms. I have a similar set of free downloads from Bookbox.com and listen to them over and over again.
Once again, Nathan and sonia, – thanks very much. Your efforts are much appreciated.
Hi, can we get the HIndi text to this just like we did for the Carpenter?
Line by line audio and Sonia, Meena, and Naraindas reading the story can be found in the paid subscriber’s area:
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