For those of us waiting for Hindi (Updated)
I just thought I'd share some resources and facts about one of the most underrated languages out there.
1: Nearly 425 million people speak Hindi as a first language and around 120 million as a second language.
2: Hindi is spoken mostly in India as well as Mauritius, Fiji, Suriname, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago and Nepal.
3: Hindi got its name from the Persian word Hind, meaning 'land of the Indus River'. Persian speaking Turks who invaded Punjab and Gangetic plains in the early 11th century named the language of the region Hindi, 'language of the land of the Indus River'.
4: It is written from left to right and does not use articles (a, an, the).
5: The English words "guru, jungle, karma, yoga, bungalow, cheetah, looting, thug and avatar" come from Hindi.
Now for those who want to learn this language. I would like to say don't be afraid of the alphabet. If half a billion people learned it so can you!
You can learn the alphabet here
Learn how to write the alphabet here
Here's what the consonants look like when a vowel is attached.
Here are over a thousand words an phrases you can start memorizing after you master the alphabet.
And here are several songs if you'd like to hear Hindi music.
If you want to be notified when the Duolingo Hindi course is finished follow this link and click "Notify me when available".
Alphabet isn't as bad as it seems I used that exact same memrise course last weekend and got the alphabet down in the next 2 days (of course it takes some review), but eventually it sticks. I think hindi is the most logical free flowing alphabet there is...the structure is just so...logical.... lol. It helps if you study Japanese too because the alphabet is phonetic just like hiragana and katakana so the sounds are just like the characters :)
As a person that knows both scripts, I'd say Hanguel is more logical as compared to Hindi. I found it rather unwieldy.
I absolutely adore the Hindi language, used to watch Hindi Bollywood movies and fall in love with the language...And the songs which always take a little part of the movies are absolutely masterclass, some of them I use to get relaxed after a stressful day of work...I was always interested in learning this beautiful language (my favourite one after french) but never had the materials to do so, can't wait for the course to finally get started :) ANd I do share you thought that Hindi does not get enough attention as it should but I think that there are various reasons for that. One of them would be the fact that english is one of the official languages of India, and a lot of Indians speak english which leads us foreigners to think that learning HIndi would be useless...Some other people get scared by the script and don't even try to learn it, altough learning Devanagari is something I found quite easy...
I am interested in learning Hindi! But, I am really curious. My native language have so many loanwords from Sanskrit, how close Sanskrit and Hindi? If I learn Hindi, could I understand Sanskrit?