Listener Comments and Questions

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This past week we got feedback on several episodes.

 

May 4, 2010 – Special Guest: Indira Walia   (5 votes, average: 4.60 out of 5) and got 3 comments:

Philip said:

Best advice ever… you have to speak. In language learning you can practice everything else, but if you don’t engage in conversation you will only end up in frustration. That was my own little “ism” but it speaks from many experiences. I heard it said that you can watch swimming all you want but you’ll never learn until you get in the water. I hope this podcast motivates me to take the next step!

Premasru said:

This is always my greatest challenge, to actually use the language.

Abhi said:

I never could have guessed just what a different challenge speaking HIndi would turn out to be. It is one thing to write, read and listen; for me, my processing speeds are fast. When it comes to speaking, I find myself very out of my league. 1st, I have to see what I want to say in English, then I need to translate it to Hindi, then speak it out in Hindi. The time it takes for all this is long but with practice I am getting faster and more confident. I suggest a speaking buddy; I found one on Livemocha. The 5.5hrs time difference has not proved an insurmountable challenge thus far.

May 5, 2010 – घ + vowels (3 votes, average: 4.67 out of 5)

–no comments–

 

May 6, 2010 – What is this?  (5 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5)

Philip said:

very nicely done lesson.

Cnevett said:

Great exercise. Lets have more like this.

Michael said:

what fun. Thanks guys.

Johan said:

Great lesson for beginners (like me)!

Premasru said:

Great for beginners like me, as well as funny for rating the score as ‘unbeatable’ (:D)

Hteinlurn:

thanks a lot

Nine people took the quiz and 6 of them made 100%.

A challenge for me is how to make other lessons like this.  What made this a successful lesson?   There are several attributes that I believe made it successful. 

  1. Demonstrated a couple of sentences that would be useful in many different contexts.
  2. Lots of additional examples on how to use it.
  3. Contained a lot of pictures.
  4. Quiz
  5. line by line audio

Is that right?  Is there something you would add to the list?  This coming week we have several episodes that will contain these elements.  It will be interesting to see what feedback I get.

Let us look at some comments from older episodes, and some more general comments in the groups and activity stream on the site (http://www.ispeakhindi.com/activity/).

 

Johan says:

Although I am new to this site one subject seems to be missing, dating? I think there is lost of material for first contact, but then? :D

We have not made an attempt to cover conversational material related to dating.  But we do have some general purpose lessons that should be useful in this context.

Conversation Starters (January 31, 2010)

Talking about likes and dislikes (January 27, 2010)

Conversation Questions – Pets (बातचीत प्रश्न – पालतू जानवर) (November 28, 2009)

Love Greetings/Love notes (November 11, 2009)

Things to say to Your Spouse: (November 7, 2009)

 

Susmita says:

Hi, How many of you have a wish to travel to India? Have u already traveled or you are going to?

If so ,then ”Hindi Travelers’ Course ” is ready for you,Contact me to have a Hindi session.

Susmita has created several lessons on the site.   You can get a list of them and information about how to contact her on her profile page: http://www.ispeakhindi.com/members/talkingbees/profile/

 

If you are a Hindi tutor or teacher, then join the site, fill out your profile page, and contact me at nathan@ISpeakHindi.com about creating a few learn Hindi podcasts to introduce yourself to the ISpeakHindi.com community of Hindi learners.

 

Carolyn made a good find.  Language learning dolls:

http://www.desidollcompany.com/language-dolls/asian-language-doll.php Not really for learning, but isn’t she so cute?

Hannah asked (http://www.ispeakhindi.com/members/biblereeder/activity/1297)

Does anyone know what the name of a female sparrow is in Hindi? In English we say ”sparrow”, but what is it in Hindi?

Johnny Ji was able to provide the answer:

from google translate: ”sparrow”
गौरैया
gauraiyaa

Another good place to look up words is http://www.Shabdkosh.com

Premasru

Thanks for the question, and answer, gauraiyaa. I like to know the names of birds, trees, flowers, animals, etc.

There are several ISpeakHindi.com episodes you will be interested in:

animals (November 3, 2009)

292 – Water Animals (July 28, 2008)

291 – Insects, etc. (July 27, 2008)

290 – Wild Animals (July 26, 2008)

289 – domesticated animals pg. 32 (July 25, 2008)

#288 – birds pg. 31 (July 24, 2008)

birds (December 4, 2009)

Beginner Hindi: Birds (August 29, 2007)

#287 – vegetables pg. 30 (July 23, 2008)

#286 – fruits pg. 29 (July 22, 2008)

#285 – flowers pg. 28 (July 21, 2008)

#284 – parts of a plant and plants and tress pg. 27 (July 20, 2008)

My First 100 Words In Hindi (6 of 8) – Animals (September 8, 2007)

Plants (A First Bilingual Dictionary pg. 47) (October 25, 2007)

Plants (A First Bilingual Dictionary pg. 46) (October 24, 2007)

Living Creatures (A First Bilingual Dictionary pg. 45) (October 23, 2007)

Living Creatures (A First Bilingual Dictionary pg. 44) (October 22, 2007)

Living Creatures (A First Bilingual Dictionary pg. 43) (October 21, 2007)

Living Creatures (A First Bilingual Dictionary pg. 42) (October 20, 2007)

Living Creatures (A First Bilingual Dictionary pg. 41) (October 19, 2007)

Living Creatures (A First Bilingual Dictionary pg. 40) (October 18, 2007)

Living Creatures (A First Bilingual Dictionary pg. 39) (October 17, 2007)

Living Creatures (A First Bilingual Dictionary pg. 38) (October 16, 2007)

Flowers (December 9, 2009)

फूल – flowers (Hindi Primer – part 32) (November 26, 2008)

 

 

Do you have some good Hindi learning sites that you use?  Be sure and create links to them from the “links” part of the site: http://www.ispeakhindi.com/links  This will allow for other people to know about them.  And it will provide a place where will people can comment on them.

 

What’s coming up this week?  I am currently working on several lessons, but here are some possibilities:

  1. “Do you have…?  I have…” It will be similar to the “What is this?” lesson. 
  2. Hindi in 2012  (There are few lines of Hindi spoken in the English film 2012.  I want to use them as a fun way into looking at two types of sentences.
  3. च + vowels (Do you know how to read and write Hindi?  Each week I plan to publish an episode focused on the script to give you practice.)
  4. कहानी – word focus
  5. Grammar Drill: Postpositions with Plural Nouns
  6. Phrase Focus: Can you help me?

Email me at nathan@ISpeakHindi.com or leave a comment on the website if you have some suggestions or want to provide feedback on the ideas above. 

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