Special Guest: Indira Walia

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Indira Walia is a Hindi Teacher/Tutor in the state of Colorado in the USA.  You can find out more about the services she provides at http://www.coloradohinditeacher.com/ 

Here are some of the subjects that we covered.

How to be comfortable having conversations in Hindi?

1)  Find or create a support group to speak Hindi with.  It should be a group of fellow Hindi learners, teachers, and native speaker.  Do you have such a group where you live?  Let us know about it by leaving a comment on this lesson.  If you live in Houston, please complete this form: http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dEpLTkhNT3RFMjdqVjJGZVpDcjFYWHc6MQ

You can also find a language partner on these sites: MyLanguageExchange or LiveMocha.com


2) Memorize some commonly used words and phrases.  Here are some ISpeakHindi.com episodes to get you started:


3) Force yourself to speak Hindi.  Perhaps choose an hour a day to only speak Hindi.  (Consider only listening to Hindi, only reading Hindi, and only writing Hindi during that hour.)  Maybe keep a journal in Hindi.  Perhaps an audio or video journal. (You could upload it on YouTube and ask for feedback.)  A year from now you can go back and see how much you have progressed.

If you have some suggestions, leave a comment on this lesson to share with others.


Please and Thank You are not common in Hindi

It is not common to say “please” and “thank you” in Hindi.  It is not that Hindi speakers do not appreciate things, it is just that is not the custom.  (I believe that this may be a result of having different levels of “politeness” built into Hindi which allow for this to come across by the use of आप vs. तुम.  But in English, we do not have “politeness” built into the language which encourages us to “decorate” our language with “please” and “thank you” to show politeness. Naturally, we look for equivalents in other languages.)


Regional Differences in Hindi

Accent, word choices, and phrases vary across Hindi.  As an example, consider that there are two words for “here”:  यहाँ and इधर.  In some places one might be more common than the other.  Also, Hindi speakers in some places refer to themselves with हम instead of with मैं.  Be aware of these differences, but do not be too worried about them.  Find a style that you are comfortable with, and keep with that.


Other things we discussed

चाहना vs. चाहिये

Differences between children and adults learning Hindi.

Poems are a good way for children to learn Hindi.  मछली जल की रानी है।

http://www.akhlesh.com/img003002.htm (From: aklesh.com elementary Hindi )  (YouTube Video)

Hindi Flashcards.


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Started ISpeakHindi.com in June 2007. Continue to work on ISpeakHindi.com to learn Hindi myself and to help others want to learn it. Nathan Price is the sole owner of ISpeakHindi.com.