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Feedback on Hindi letters lessons

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Being in beta, I'm imaging that feedback is welcome and expected. I believe I would benefit from much more extensive lessons on how the different vowels and consonants are combined; possibly starting with one set of lessons for each vowel, and how the letters are constructed with a variety of consonants. Then shifting to mixing up more and more vowels as the lessons progress. Also, I find the letters in the matching lessons difficult to see. There's plenty of "white space" in each page, so there is space for a larger font size, and important for those new to the script to see the details of each letter clearly.

5 months ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Dr.Montoya

I personally don't want to learn the script. I wanted to learn the Latin alphabet spellings along with grammar and vocabulary. Having to work through the script kills my motivation.

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/phil.0.den

I find it much easier to learn the Hindi letters then to have to deal with the diacritics that are necessary for the Latin transliteration. Remembering the difference between Ś, Ṣ and S is more confusing than श, ष, स where they each have distinct characters.

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RanzoG
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Except that the dot below a Latin letter is regularized to mean "retroflex" (i.e. articulated with tongue curled back). You can see t and ṭ and know you've got a non-retroflex t and a retroflex one. Same goes with d and ḍ, th and ṭh, r and ṛ, s and ṣ. This very important distinction in sound is not obvious from the Devanagari, hence this (and numerous other applications) are the reason why people who are trained teachers of Hindi and who have a broad view of South Asian languages persist in using transliteration as an auxiliary tool. It's not about what you individually find easier at the beginning, it's about what, by the end of the education of many students in history, educators have found to be a relevant tool.

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dr.Montoya

I can see how you'd think that, but personally I think it's harder with more characters. Sometimes I can tell they're related based on how they look, but with your examples, I'd struggle. I'd rather apply a "rule" to a character I know.

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BestGymUSA

I don't see the need for this

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hmFBsdRQ

I had a hard time hearing the difference between the letter sounds, the text to speech voice was not very clear.

5 months ago
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