"from tomorrow" is a very odd word combination that we just dont use in everyday english. We would say either "...starting tomorrow." or just "...will study tomorrow." Is it just me or does the word combination "from tomorrow" invoke immediate thoughts of time travel? This maybe a literal translation but it doesn't translate meaning very well in english for those of us trying to understand Hindi.
Completely agree. "From tomorrow" would not be used in American English. Possibly it is in British English? But to me, it sounds completely unnatural and wrong. "From tomorrow on" would work, as would "starting tomorrow," though the latter seems to add a bit of meaning that might not be in the original Hindi.
The Hindi sentence is perfectly correct and this is how you would say it. If you say...I will start studying from tomorrow in HINDI.... it will be मैं कल से पढ़ना शुरू कर दूंगा ... That would/could mean as if you will be starting to study for the first time in your life. In other words it could mean as if you have NEVER studied before. These difference in languages are quite common. Therefore you cannot expect a perfect translation from one to the other.
No, there are no perfect translations; but you can expect a translation that is natural in the speaker's native dialect of their own language. An American English speaker would never say "I will study from tomorrow". It sounds bizarre to our ears and is considered grammatically incorrect in our dialect. We would say:
- I will study from tomorrow on.
- I will study starting tomorrow.
These are both the equivalent American English sentences to the concept that is being expressed in Hindi, and should be accepted.
I'm keeping in mind right now that the Hindi course is in beta. Nearly every course goes through this phase where there's a tendency on the part of the course authors to give default English translations that are more literal but that sound odd for a significant chunk of the course's learners. Eventually, the course matures into one where learners can use their own native idiom.
The issue is compounded for the Hindi course because Indian English has a special place; it is a dialect spoken by millions of bilingual (and trilingual and etc.) people, but it's really different from most other dialects of English, precisely because of its speakers' bilingualism.
I cannot tell you the number of conversations between American students and Indian teachers in my Hindi classes where the point of confusion wasn't about Hindi at all but rather what exactly something meant to each in English. :)
TLDR though if a child wrote "I will study from tomorrow" in homework for an American school, it'd be marked wrong.
You say the Hindi sentence is perfectly correct and this is how you would say it, but - am not trying to be flippant - what is it now that's being said? I don't understand what you're saying about the never having studied before either. What does 'from tomorrow' mean then? Thanks!
I'm a native English speaker and "from tomorrow" is fine. And this is the hindi meaning when using "kal se". Regardless don't get hung up on natural sounding English translations we are not learning English and sometimes phrases in other languages do not directly translate. To learn another language you need to start thinking in that language and it will hinder your progress if you get hung up on trying to translate perfectly into your mother tongue.
When translating: one should be able to recognize the syntactical structures of one language and how to form the proper sentence in the other. We can use the following sentence in Catalan (a Romance language spoken on the Spanish Mediterranean coast) as an example: "El jockey va colpejar el cavall marró." This literally means "(Male) the jockey he go to hit the horse brown." The proper translation is "The jockey hit the brown horse."
No native english speaker would say "I will study from tomorrow". It's a regional variant, and does not make sense in most areas that speak English as a first language. It should read "from tomorrow on" to indicate that studying will commence at that time, or "starting tomorrow" or "I will start studying tomorrow"
It's really awkward phrasing as it is.