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LinZi
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« on: January 18, 2009, 10:13:15 PM »

let's make a Hindi thread! Smiley

I have been studying Hindi for four years now. I recently started on a project making Hindi flashcard sets (digital) using http://www.memorylifter.com/ . If anyone is interested in learning Hindi let me know. I can email you different flashcard sets depending on your level.


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« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2009, 10:16:42 PM »

hum roman ya hindi ke letters likhte?   mere liye roman zyaada aasaan hai ...

Delhi chhorne ke baad, meri hindi kharaab ho gayi Sad

so yeah, let's practice ! Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2009, 10:18:19 PM »

मुझे देवनगरी और पसंद है लेकिन मेरी spelling ख़राब है...

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« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2009, 10:19:06 PM »

I also wanted to recommend a good program for writing in Hindi (and most other Indian languages). It's called Baraha and you can download it here: http://www.baraha.com/

it is very easy to use, and you can use it to type anywhere in UNICODE, regardless of whether the other person has the program.

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« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2009, 11:16:21 PM »

Hey Lindsey,

that is a really cool program.  i'd love to try out some of your flashcards.  If you can send some over i'd love to take a look.  I really need to get back to studying Hindi....I took a class in India, but haven't had much time to practice since then!
Thanks!
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« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2009, 11:38:20 PM »

Sure, they are still a work in progress.. do you want the basic-1 ones (like hello, goodbye, what's your name, etc) basic 2 (words for house/classroom with basic postpositions like: in, on)

One thing is that anyone who is going to use them needs to know/review the devanagri script first, as I didn't make flashcards for those.

In addition to the basic ones, I am making some other sort of category type cards.. some of the more finished ones include :family, food, grammar

and I have some more that are not quite ready yet (if you want them, I can send them to you when they are done)
They include:

Outside: the world around you, directions
Shopping
School and academics
Plants and animals
Clothes and Hygiene
Interacting with others
The human body and medicine
Weather

and a bunch more...

also if there is a specific category you want to learn more vocab for.. let me know.. I also can eventually make one of idioms as well..

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« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2009, 11:50:54 AM »

Cool, I will check out those flashcards! 

I can understand more Hindi than I can speak.  I'm still shy, even though I've been learning for 4 years now.
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« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2009, 12:28:27 PM »

OK, for anyone who wants the flashcards, I have to email them to you.

First you need to download the memorylifter program, and then you can import the flashcards from a file. (Eventually, I will post them on the memorylifter website.. but I am not done yet! )

So if you want them send me a personal message, which ones you want (or all if you want all) and the email you would like me to send them to.

Smiley Happy Hindi
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« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2009, 02:47:16 PM »

Also check out www.lipikaar.com if you like writing in Hindi online (Impress the in-laws with your mad skills? ;-)
It is a pet project of a former roommate. They have a free Firefox plugin that works great.
सचमुच काफी कमाल की चीज़ है!

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« Reply #9 on: January 26, 2009, 06:49:58 PM »

मैं हिन्दी भूल गयी... हुम कुछ बात करें ... प्रेक्तिस के लिये ??

also correct my bad hindi ... i can't let it get worse than it already has .. wont move back to india again for a long time if ever...
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« Reply #10 on: April 29, 2009, 02:41:30 PM »

Does anybody have any suggestions on resources for studying Hindi without learning script?  I wouldn't mind learning to write one day, but most of the resources I've found seem to require learning it (i.e. only write the words in script), and that means I'd learn to speak much, much slower than what I'd like.  Any books or series that teach grammar and vocab but use the Latin alphabet would be appreciated!       
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« Reply #11 on: April 29, 2009, 07:23:03 PM »

SisterGH- you can try http://www.amazon.com/Colloquial-Hindi-2e-Complete-Beginners/dp/0415395275/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1241057466&sr=8-1

That book is not as focused on learning the script... though honestly, I highly suggest learning the script.

sound system of the script is very scientifically laid-out, and phonetic. There are a lot of sounds and sound differences in Hindi that do not exist in English (for example, there are two 'da' sounds in Hindi, one which has the tongue touching your teeth, and one in which your tongue curls back and touches the roof of your mouth. Knowing the correct pronunciation of the two is important, as a mispronunciation might then sound like a different word... another example is there are aspirated and unaspirated sounds, take the two above 'da' sounds, and then there will be two versions of each , making da, dha, Da DHA, all of which are important to word and meaning.)
 
This may sound very complicated, but it is important to Hindi.. for example.. the word for food in Hindi is khanna... if this is mispronounced as kanna (no aspirated 'h') it means "a one eyed man".

Once you learn how the script is laid out, and how each set corresponds to different positions in your mouth, it is much easier to get the pronunciation right, in my opinion, at least!
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« Reply #12 on: April 29, 2009, 07:42:33 PM »

Thanks, LinZi.  I definitely plan to learn the script eventually, it's just that I'd sort of like to "jump start" things.  I'm  generally good at learning languages (at least ones that use the latin alphabet), but I know me, and I'm not as good with characters.  I get that there are sound differences, and I am slowly learning to discern between them and to pronounce them, but my brain doesn't process characters as well as it learns to speak new words, grammar, etc.  So it means that if I have to learn the script, I spend a lot of time on that instead of learning new words and learning how to speak, which is what I really need now anyway.   
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« Reply #13 on: April 30, 2009, 05:56:24 AM »

Did you check out the book link I posted? That book is called Colloquial Hindi and it is by one of my former professors... if I recall from when I use it, the publishers wanted him to make the book accessible to both people who wanted to learn the script, and those who did not. He did mention that the latest edition will have some changes, but I am not sure of that effected the script set up, probably not. (The publishers wanted him to make it accessible to people that the Rupert Snell Series that I talk about below does not.)

The "teach yourself" Hindi book series by Rupert Snell is REALLY good (I taught myself Hindi I using it before starting grad school) and that introduces the script gradually... for about the first half of the book, they show Hindi script, Hindi using roman script, and then the english translation... about half way through the book they kind of "wean" you off Hindi in roman script over to just Hindi script and english translation. In the teach yourself Hindi series, there is a Hindi Dictionary for beginners, A Beginning Hindi Book, a Hindi book that goes beyond the beginning, A teach yourself Hindi Script Book...
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« Reply #14 on: November 29, 2009, 05:25:34 AM »

A few more resources:

http://www.ukindia.com/zhin018.htm
http://www.ukindia.com/zhin001.htm
http://www.hindigym.com/writing.html (really good coz it starts from the scratch...as it's meant to teach Hindi to children)
http://utopianvision.co.uk/hindi/
http://www.xs4all.nl/~wjsn/hindi.htm (table-format)
http://www.unilang.org/course.php?res=69

http://www.avashy.com/hindiscripttutor.htm (another really good site; also has some tests to check your progress)
http://www.indif.com/kids/learn_hindi/hindi_practice_book.aspx

Have fun Smiley
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