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Hindi tree completed ... initial thoughts

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Namaste!

So I completed the Hindi tree a couple of weeks later than I wanted to (living in India and all), but it is now done. A few musings.

1) An appropriate intro. I know this course was released smaller than others in order to get it out and I think they did a really good job with what they included. Present, past, future, modal and the most basic vocab. Mighty well done on this front. They could use this as a blueprint for courses they want to release but aren't fully built out yet.

2) It would be nice to see a few more verbs added in version 2.0 (or version 1.1 even). Most of the tree relies on 6-8 verbs, which is good from an intro standpoint, but needs to expand to be more useful more quickly.

3) I like the way the Japanese course adds vocab to the kana. It would be nice to see the next phase of this course do the same for the devanagari script lessons at the beginning.

4) As much of the Hindi world in Delhi and around India uses both the devanagari and latin alphabets in print, it would be nice to see material in the next version that uses both to represent Hindi words. I think it would help reinforce both the script and the vocab even more.

Again, just my thoughts. Interested to hear other's opinions who have worked on this one.

-S

8/24/2018, 3:21:38 AM

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I haven't completed the tree yet but I agree with your first point. I felt like this course gave a much better introduction than some of the others I've done. I liked the way the devanagari script was taught too, I felt like I got the hang of it much faster than some of the other courses that don't use the Latin script. I'm hoping to finish the tree soon and continue studying with other resources.

8/24/2018, 1:05:07 PM

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Congratulations! Did this course help you to communicate at a good level with the Indian people?

8/24/2018, 1:26:37 PM

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A little better ... I think the lack of verbs make it difficult for day-to-day communications, but I at least know more vocab now, so I can use sentence fragments when applicable, and can sound out script (even if I don't know what the words mean). I live in Bangalore, where little Hindi is spoken, but will really find out week after next on my next trip to Delhi.

8/24/2018, 4:07:19 PM

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Thankfully for you, English probably works most of the time in a city like Bangalore, right? :)

8/25/2018, 7:01:06 AM

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congrats! I'm looking forward to starting hindi as soon as I get my french together

8/24/2018, 11:15:28 PM

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Congratulations! Namaste! How long did you take to finish it?

8/26/2018, 3:11:41 AM

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Thanks ... a shade over a month, although I took a ten-day break in the middle for vacation, so realistically about three weeks. But I had learned a little bit before starting (knew a couple of phrases, some interrogatives, and some pronouns along with the subject-object-verb format, but not much in the way of vocab).

8/26/2018, 5:25:52 AM

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Congratulations on finishing the tree! I agree with you about this course needing more verbs - I am only halfway through, but would already like to see some more action verbs.

I have been using other resources to learn Hindi also, but I found this course to really help with the listening comprehension. Did you find that to be the case also? (Maybe after your trip to Delhi you'll know better.)

8/25/2018, 1:45:25 AM

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I am already picking up a few more words in commercials (almost all of the commercials here are either in a blend of Hindi and English or only in Hindi). So yes, it probably has helped some in that regard.

8/25/2018, 10:35:37 AM

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Congrats on completing the course! I was waiting for a post like this since the Hindi course was launched.

As an Indian I find point 4 really enlightening. I never thought that somebody who learnt Hindi through Devanagari script, could probably find it difficult to recognize the same words in Latin script. Well, you learn something new everyday. Thanks for your feedback :)

8/26/2018, 5:39:38 AM

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The individual lessons in the Hindi course are very long.

I feel like I have 4 times more questions per lesson compared to, say, the Indonesian or Turkish courses (where the lessons are simply too short!)

What does everybody else think about this? Is it a problem or do we appreciate it?

(For me, especially because the sentences are quite textbook-y and not as humorous as in some other courses, I tend to get a bit bored during the lessons... but, saying that, I learnt the basics VERY well and never had a problem progressing!)

8/26/2018, 7:52:25 AM

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Also just completed the Hindi tree. Agree with you, they did very well for the first version! I'm afraid this really isn't enough to communicate, though. I need a lot more basic words -- for example, I feel like they could have easily gone without Family 2 or Nature and instead did something like Navigating (left, right, straight, bus, train, stop, etc). Also they could do a better job with Food, I think -- how come we learn words like carnivore, but not chicken/beef/lamb/tomato/etc? Also, did anyone notice that there was no Sunday? They taught all other days of the week, but totally missed Sunday :-) On that note, I feel like Hindi days of the week or numbers is also much less important than some other vocab, because a lot of people just use English for those anyway. Instead, I need to practice words like: wait, repeat, please, thank you, you're welcome, help, sorry, etc. These, imo, should be part of any 1.0 course.

8/26/2018, 6:52:33 PM

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I agree whole-heartedly. That was part of my verb suggestion. Singing isn't one of the most important verbs!

One of the first sentences I learned on my own was "meeri Hindi achi nahi he" ... "my Hindi isn't good". Of course, most cab drivers then proceed to talk to you in Hindi if you say this, so I'm not sure learning that phrase was effective either :D

8/27/2018, 6:59:25 AM

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I am curious if I can see the tree for the language I'm learning (Spanish - Mexico)?

8/26/2018, 2:37:31 PM

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I was visiting India many time also for business purpose. I find the Duolingo Hindi course nicely presented. Yes like many others mentioned here there are very few verbs. The devanagari part is very good. My son speaks Hindi but can not read, as he learned it from childhood. This helps him. I am wondering if some additional verbs and words could be added. The tree is very short as in the japanese.

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