I started this Hindi course a long while back and reached Level 20. I still get the comments whenever they are posted, and it is frustrating that the responses from the course designers are so poor, not like the Norwegian course I did in Duolingo.
Another frustration is that the strings here, while trying to be helpful, quickly become very, very pedantic. This reminds me of my school days back in Bombay (in the 60s), when English was beautifully taught but Hindi and Marathi were an obstacle course dangerous to life and limb. The principle behind this form of teaching was rote learning and the threat of a beating if you got things wrong. That is not how a child learns its “mother language” but this fact had not penetrated the thick skulls of the language teachers in India. Not once did they humbly admit that a language cannot be taught in a classroom, but needs practice, practice, practice, and the strength to overcome shyness when approaching Hindi-speaking strangers.
Does it really matter whether one is asking whether the person is feeling the cold at this moment or is habitually cold? Are any of the students of this course really going to address a conference of Hindi academics any time soon? The problem with Hindi is technology, particularly the smart phone and the two-thumb variety of texting. Much before this arrived, Hindi had many “loan” words from English, but the smart phone has now caused a deluge from English and the creation of Hinglish, which Hindi scholars hate, but is a fact of life in middle-class India. Sadly, almost everyone now speaks like Colonel Memsahib from the days of the Raj. A woman who had nothing to do because she had an army of servants, and had too much deference shown to her. She tended to throw her weight around with what little Hindi she had. And so, she would say something like, “Wo dahlia pinnata wahan kew plant karta hai? Yehe plant karo or ek chota peg whisky jaldi lao and on the double chop-chop karo tum absolute badmash!”
Seriously, if you want to learn sufficiently Hindi to get by (if and when the pandemic goes and life returns to “normal”) I would recommend the free course developed by Afroz Taj at the University of North Carolina. You can view it here: https://taj.oasis.unc.edu/. It is not complete but it is a great start.
This is well-composed and fairly accurate. However, Duolingo is FREE, complete and I love this discussion forum where other students of language and moderators of Hindi respond to our questions, helping us to navigate either the site's errors or nuances of the language or English translations, I really appreciate it! And yes, I want to be fluent and cnversational, so I will add the link you posted to my study tools. Thank you! We should all chill from the frustrations of imperfection, request an update politely and KEEP LEARNING.