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Questions about Hindi

1 * Is Hindi really hard to learn? 2 * Is Hindi scripture easy to learn? 3 * Where can I practice writing in Hindi while the course is not yet released? 4 * Will Indians understand me? I heard Hindi is not just the language in India

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/EmilyChristine37
  1. I've found it quite easy in my experience, learnt it in school for seven years.

  2. I used to find Hindi letter formations difficult in the first few years of learning, now okay with it.

  3. Memrise has many Hindi courses to learn.

  4. It depends on where you go. India has many languages other than Hindi such as Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam. If you go to Delhi or Rajasthan, you'll be understood by most of the population.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bducdt
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I've done some research on Hindi before (I intend to learn it).

1) Hindi is an indo-european language, although quite distant from English (I'm assuming you're an English native). It "thinks" similarly to other Indo-European languages still. So it'll be pretty natural to translate your thoughts, and not have to reformulate them like I do in Chinese.

2) Hindi has a different sort of writing system (not a syllabary), not an alphabet. There's about 60 different "letters" to learn. It'll be an effort, but difficulty of learning a writing system always pales in comparison to learning a language. In Hindi's writing system, each "letter" is either a vowel or is like a consonant that has a vowel by default, but can be "overwritten" with a different vowel (this is the gist).

3) Maybe you can look up language partners.

4) Knowing English and Hindi will get you very far in India, but India is a very diverse country with hundreds of languages. No guarantees you'll always find someone who speaks one or the other. But Hindi is the 4th most common language in the world, so you're bound to find some Indians who'll understand you.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vytah
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Hindi doesn't have a syllabary, it has an abugida. It's something in between alphabet and syllabary – unlike alphabet, sounds aren't represented by separate characters, but unlike syllabary, similar syllables are made of similar underlying elements.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bducdt
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You're right. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dcarl1
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Hindi is a very rational language and I found it quite easy to learn. A good script tutor is here;

http://www.avashy.com/hindibhasha/index.html

India has many languages spoken, of which Hindi is only one. In the south it is not the majority language, and others dominate (Tamil, Malayali, etc).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Pratyush.
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  1. Not quite. It is quite similar to Russian in many ways but it is much easier to remember than rules of Russian. For example, 'I have a book' has translation in Hindi which literally means, " of me near a book exists." which is very similar to Russian counterpart.

  2. Hindi script has about 50 characters, but English also has 52 ( 26 for Capital and 26 for small). It takes some effort to learn, but then there are no problems as spellings in English. It's phonetic.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AshDolAnderson

So I've been learning Hindi for almost a year. At first I was using Rosetta Stone (which isn't bad, but its not worth the money) and now I use books and Apps to learn the script and some vocabulary. Hindi isn't that hard, sentence structure is hard to learn though, especially when you don't know much for vocab. Script isn't hard if you go over it enough. Yes, Indians will be able to understand you, but that will mostly be in northern India. Most other states south of the mountains speak their own language that isn't Hindi, although some will be able to understand you to an extent (like Punjabi speakers). But more than half of the population speaks English. Hope this helped :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ashlijain

Hey friend! Pleased to hear that you are interested in Hindi:D I am an Indian myself, and I can be really helpful:) 1) Well, I don't find learning Hindi difficult at all:) Maybe because I am a native. But ya! It's not that difficult. 2)There is a difference between script and scripture:) If you talk about script, then it might not be that easy since you may find the characters very new because they are totally different from English. And if you are talking about scriptures(holy writings) then most of our sacred writing were written in another language, Sanskrit, you can say......the mother of Hindi? And believe me, Sanskrit is really difficult, but VERY easy if you know Hindi;) 3) You can just make Indian friends here who may help you learn the language. Maybe me?:D Feel free to ask anything:) 4) Indians will surely understand you since English is our second language:) Majority of Indians can speak English fluently;) And you are right, Hindi is not the only language in India, there are many other(about 780). But English is spoken and understood almost everywhere, maybe because we are realising its importance:)

2 years ago