Announcing the completion of Hindi Team
The Hindi team is now complete! We are pleased to announce the coming aboard of two great contributors, pp65 and Samolini! Congratulate them and wish them luck! The English from Hindi Course page is shortly getting updated to show the addition of these stellar members to our team. Meanwhile, do continue to express your interest in this course on our course page! Your show of interest here is our single most significant source of motivation!
Edit: Adding Ankitom. I would not like my partner in crime Ankitom to miss out this party :-)
Might as well repeat this message from the Hindi Incubator page over here. We have been quite impressed with so many great applicants and most of them would have been valuable assets on our team in their own right. We feel unfortunate to have to miss out on them, we had only two places! Here's my advice to all who had applied: Please stay tuned and help us with the beta phase, which will be starting in a matter of just few weeks! I hope you can bring your energy at that stage in refining the product with your feedback and input and also for the reverse course and beyond!
Thanks, mukkapazza, your help with bringing this course to where it is now is much appreciated. And so also your team's.
Wow you've already made massive progress in such a short period of time with just two people, I can't wait to see what happens the next few weeks!
very good, I can't wait for the reverse, and then hope, for a future sanskrit course
Sanskrit is absolutely a living language, it's still around, and not solely as a liturgical language. According to the census of India there were about 14 000 who speak sanskrit and there seems to be several villages which speaks in the sacral tongue. According to the wikipediapage for sanskrit is Sanskrit on of the constitutional languages of India, as well as the second official languge of Uttarakhand, there are several modern authors who writes in the language, the Sahitya Akademi has since 1967 an award for the best creative work written in sanskrit, and there seems to exist over 90 weeklies or quarterlies that publishes in Sanskrit, and even a daily newspaper - Sudharma in Mysore - which has done so since 1970, Vartman Patram and Vishwasya Vrittantam in Gujarat is new to the game. Besides this there are daily news broadcast on state-run All India Radio, also on the internet, as well on TV.
Samskrita Bharati are doing work for the revival of Sanskrit.
It's just Duolingo we wait for:)
Thanks, SteveLando (+ Duolingo currency) for sharing this information. While I was aware of the AIR broadcasts, I did not know that the periodicals in Sanskrit have been for 40+ years. Growing up, I used to love listening to the daily Sanskrit news broadcast on All India Radio. Sanskrit was a compulsory part of the middle school curriculum at my school in Madhya Pradesh, India. As I understand, not every middle schooler today takes Sanskrit because one can now choose between Sanskrit and one of the foreign (to India) languages as their second (or third, since English and Hindi/regional are the first & second) language.
It will be awesome to have Sanskrit come to Duolingo. Coming to think of creating a Sanskrit lesson, that will involve some challenge because Sanskrit has a relatively relaxed word order within a sentence, so the number of alternatives needed to be provided when building a tree could become large. But having learned Devanagari during the Hindi course, the script learning will be smooth. There are only tiny differences between Hindi and Sanskrit scripts.
And thinking into the future - thousands of neo-Sanskrit (or Duo-Sanskrit) learners translating ancient Sanskrit texts, starting with The Geeta, into all the languages of the world! That will be a stupendous feat!
I would be very interested in a Sanskrit course! I learned some vocabulary when I took Buddhism courses in college, and it seems like an interesting and beautiful language.
That was very informative. It's become a common misconception among us native Indians that Sanskrit is a dead language and that barely anybody speaks Sanskrit. I know about the Sanskrit radio and it's common hearing Sanskrit recitals and other stuff at temples, but I never knew that Sanskrit newspapers existed and also that it was the second official language of Uttarakhand. This is the first time I've heard that there are so many Sanskrit speaking people, being a native. I don't how many schools in South India teach Sanskrit anymore as they did in jitengore's school in MP, but at least none of the schools in my city do.
So it would be really awesome to have a Sanskrit course. I'm sure many natives would really be interested in it. But then I am a bit doubtful of how many contributors that can be found, since you said there are a little more than 14,000 speakers (which is quite a lot, especially for a language that is thought to be quite dead). But then, if you compare 14,000 people to the population of India (1.2 billion), there are probably .001% speakers. I'm not discouraging you or anybody else, as I myself really want to learn Sanskrit, but let's hope that among that 0.001% speakers some are on Duolingo :), so they can contribute to make a course of this ancient sacred language. Then as jitengore said it would be a 'stupendous feat'
Good point, LeMaitre. I learned Sanskrit (3 years) as a part of a CBSE (Federal board of secondary education) curriculum. A way to improve the prognosis of a Duolingo Sanskrit course would be to revise/relearn/learn Sanskrit and become part of that exclusive 0.001% club and then, help Duolingo create the course :-)
It is said to be the worlds biggest/greatast language, in terms of amount of vocabulary material, it also have an extreme amount of litterature written in it, so yes, it would be a studpendous feat:)
@Steve Lando, I agree with you on that. It'd probably be one of the greatest achievements of Duolingo :)
LeMaitre, the biggest of the tiny set of differences that I can think of right now, is the use on halant ( ् ) ( short schwa). In Hindi, it is implied each time a word ends with a consonant that has अ (schwa) vowel at the very end. In Sanskrit, it needs to be there, else the consonant is pronounced with a full sound of अ (long schwa). This is the reason Sanskrit sounds quite different - and probably more pleasant :)
I am sure with some research, we can find more differences.
For reasons such as this , Sanskrit is more phonetic, the voice synthesizer for Sanskrit can be written rather easily. You might have noticed the current voice for English in en <-> es course, going wrong about 0.01% of times! say for "my" and "(he) lives" they sound as "ma-e-a-e" and "la-i-ves". Oh, well I have strayed off course :)
@jitengore, yes, I've noticed the prominent use of halant or virama ( ्) when I've had little tit bits of Sanskrit in my History textbooks. Also, it can be seen in the Sanskrit name for Sanskrit itself - संस्कृतम्. Thanks for the piece of information :)
@jitengore. That's right. :) Probably I could try learn Sanskrit too. And just out of curiosity, since Sanskrit follows the Devanagari script like Hindi, are there any differences in the reading rules between Hindi and Sanskrit?
Hi, I'm new to Duolingo and I really liked your comment about this wonderful language. I would like to add that this spiritual language is being learned by many on their own because there aren't many teachers --nor enough tools-- outside of the lovely Bharat. I think many of my fellow Sanskrit students would agree that we need (and hope for) Duolingo's support.
I hope Duolingo considers developing a course for this amazing language even though it might not have as many million fans as other languages do.
Those who love Sanskrit would really be grateful to have access to an amazing tool like Duolingo. We would need the transliteration and the applied Sandhi rules right from the beginning (I was introduced to them almost a year later after I began teaching myself the language and it has had a very positive impact in my learning). Please, do consider adding this language _/_ Namaste
And, when you're ready, I'll look forward to learning Hindi...my first language with another alphabet...how cool is that!
This is exciting! It'll be even more exciting when they reverse it!
The title is a super-teaser, lol: "Announcing the completion of Hindi..." Simply brilliant marketing. ;) "...Team" Well, the tree will follow. :)
<lol> tariqnisarahmed, you just gave me the punch line for announcing the tree :)
Can you imagine what might have happened if you named this thread "Announcing the completion of Hindi..."
Then the first word of the post: "...Team."
I think it would have been too much chaos, though. Too rough on the nerves of eager Duolinguists. So whatever mischief I have helped here, do be gentle ;)
I've been really excited about this course! Even though I know both English and Hindi! :D
Would love to see how it goes. :)
I second that. I can't wait to see how it feels to see both your native languages in one course!
In that case, you would be an ideal person to help during the beta phase :)
OK. So we'll have Hindi for SRK movies, Urdu for poetry, and Sanskrit for the great teachings. I love having lots to do.
Best of luck to the entire team (new members and all).
Keep up the good work (and progress) :)
Congratulations! Since you were the one who brought up the problem with the difficulties of not being a native speaker in English, I would like to ask, are either of the new contributors native speakers? If not, which one of you has been speaking English the longest?
<lol> thanks for posing the question, J324. None is a native English speaker and have 'learned' English in school, English being the lingua franca of India, more so than Hindi. We will do a survey and report back as to who has been speaking the longest :-)
BTW, we have great help from Mukkapazza and several other resources who can help. That help might be sought more often for the reverse course. We are doing good so far.
Yup, I love my cool Indian friends, I love watching those Bollywood Girls, I love those Spicy foods, I love to visit INDIA.... All I need is to learn HINDI... Im hoping!
Shahbash aur shub kaamnaayen Hindi Team!
Good job and good luck Hindi Team! :D
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE keep working you guys! I am DYING to start learning Hindi on Duolingo! Yay I'm so excited :) Please keep us updated! :D
I am from England and have been with my boyfriend for 6 years - learning Hindi is key for his parents to accept me! I've tried so many courses but I know duolingo will keep me motivated everyday to improve! Please please please release this ASAP - my future with the in laws depends on it! Thanks! :)
When you put it that way, it becomes a really serious matter. Does it not? :)
I'm from USA and my girlfriend is Indian... I need to learn Hindi as well! Rosetta Stone is the only good app for Hindi right now... crossing my fingers and hoping Duolingo releases soon!!
Duolingo has established a coveted track record of joining and bringing the hearts together and I am sure it will not fall short for you :)
Congratulations to you both!