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Several announcements about the site.  First, the wiki is back:  http://www.ispeakhindi.com/wiki.  We had some issues with spam before, and the login was not integrated with the rest of the site.  These issues have been fixed.  Also, there is integration with the “Activity” page so that you can see any changes across the site from this one page: http://www.ispeakhindi.com/activity/

Some listeners have reported problems accessing their profile.  We have made changes and everyone that has brought it to my attention can now get to their profile.  If you are having any trouble with the site, then you can always leave a comment on the site or email me at nathan@ISpeakHindi.com

One question that I get a lot is “Where do I start?”.  We have 3 years of podcasts and lessons, but it can be difficult to find a way to go through the content.  I am working on a project that I think will fix this.  I have created a prototype to demonstrate what it might look like.  This example focuses on the Hindi consonants: http://ispeakhindi.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04_april/Path_LearnHindiConsonants.html

 

On the ख + vowels (4/14/2010)

Ramasamy left he comment:

Nathan,
It was very good – I really appreciate your contribution to Hindi language ! I really need to do more on Hindi phrases on the subject health. I am training to be a doctor. I am in deed very thankful to this lessons…:) I’m thinking of doing an intensive course in Hindi this Summer.

Thank you for your comments.  I am trying to collect a list of all the formal Hindi classes on the wiki: http://www.ispeakhindi.com/wiki/index.php?title=Hindi_College_Classes  If you find a summer program, maybe you could let us know about it as well. 

Also, since you are going to become a doctor, you will need to learn how to say parts of the body in Hindi.  I found this webpage that can be very useful for that: http://www.languageguide.org/im/body/hi2/

You also might be interested in this lesson on How is your health? (4/12/2010).

 

On the episode To Open: खुलना vs. खोलना (4/19/2010)  we got several comments

Christian writes:

That’s interesting. It means that khulna is a word that looks and functions like a normal ‘active’ verb, but when we translate it into English (or German, for that matter), we have to use a passive construction: “BE opened etc.”.
So “Dharvaza KHULA tha” = “Dharvaza KHOLA jata tha”? (Sorry, I don’t feel at home yet with the passive.)
I bet Hindi has more verbs of this kind.
Best,
Christian

Abhi says:

Can we have more examples like this please? That is if there are any more common verbs like these ones

We have a few more examples in the Related verbs (2/17/2010) episode.  We will also go over some more examples of using these verbs this week.

On the episode Grammar Drill – Adjective/Noun agreement (4/20/2010)

Philip says:

very useful lesson. I always get confused with this but it’s just a matter of putting these rules to use. haraa becomes hari, as in hari mirch (green chili) right?

If you want some fun and games to learn colors, numbers, and a few other things, try http://www.digitaldialects.com/Hindi.htm

Philip, you are completely correct.  मिर्च is feminine.  To say “green chili” is हरी मिर्च and “black chili” is काली मिर्च.

Abhi says:

The digitaldialelcts website is good; helped me leran my numbers.

Now, can we please please please have a lesson that combines all this with post-positions? It took me a while to understand Adj/Nouns agreement and I’m still getting round Adj/Nouns + p-p. As always thank you.

My plan is to build up slowly on the Grammar Drill episodes.  We have covered Plural/Singular of Masculine Nouns and Feminine Nouns.  This latest episode covers adjective/noun agreement.  It makes sense to start talking about postpositions in the next Grammar Drill episode. 

Randall recently left a comment on the episode Simple Questions in Hindi – Part IV that we published on 1/22/2010.

I can’t tell you how much I appreciate “I speak Hindi”. I have been trying to learn from my friends for several years now. I speak fairly well but this really breaks it down for me. I love it! Thanks again!

This has gotten very good reviews.  10 people have given it a 5 out of 5 rating.

Philip also found a Indian recipe site: http://www.vahrehvah.com/

 

Stephanie left a comment in the Learn Hindi Podcast forum:

Is there a verb conjugation table on this site? I’d like to refresh myself on how to structure tenses and it’s been a while since the class I took. Thanks!

In the wiki, we have some verb conjugation tables.

Also on the Hindi Basics page: http://www.ispeakhindi.com/hindi-basics/ there is a section with some of the verb related episodes listed.

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