The Hindi course is..... interesting.
When are they going to update the hindi course? It's the fourth most spoken langauge on earth and yet half the size of all the others. Also, I'm sorry to say the english translations are lacking grammatically.
What's the story on updates?
The Hindi course is the shortest course on Duolingo, I finished to the bottom of the tree in about two weeks or so having no prior knowledge of the language. Duolingo made the course short because they wanted to focus more on grammar instead of vocabulary. They said that many Hindi speakers (especially in urban areas) tend to slip in a lot of English words, making knowledge of the vocab less important. That's basically what they said. I get to try out my Hindi in about a month, I'll see how well Duolingo has prepared me...
It's just a shame. Hindi is absolutely stunning to listen to. Having read through some reports from other people who have completed the course, their "logic" to it's brievity leaves a lot to be desired in the way of understanding common dialog such as children's tv shows, the news etc. I just wish they'd gone into even half as much detail as the other courses.
Hi Alex, a friend will be coming over from India and that's when I get to practice (I'm not going to India yet). However she knows I'm learning Hindi so she will expect me to know some, and will speak to me in it. After she comes I'll reply here again explaining how it went, or you can just leave you email. Good luck in your Hindi!!
My in-laws are constantly slipping in English words when I hear them talk. It's like listening to Spanglish. (However, they speak Fiji Baat which is a different can of worms.) My problem with the reasoning given that Hindi speakers use English words is that not all seem to use the same English words consistently. My husband's family may say certain words in English while some extended family do not. Furthermore I don't often hear those English words on TV either. Also, from my husband's experience, there is nothing more obnoxious than having another Indian rub in your face that they use the Hindi word that you only know the English version of.
Yes you are right because hindi name of the cricket game is very long and for other games also . I am giving you link so you can see it how long the names are. https://www.quora.com/What-is-cricket-called-in-hindi
So there is no need of learning Hindi in their eyes :-D Why did they create a course then?
I would like to add to what Chelsea wrote above that there are probably people who also want to be able to read in Hindi. A stanza of a well-known poem:
मदिरालय जाने को घर से चलता है पीनेवाला,
'किस पथ से जाऊँ?' असमंजस में है वह भोलाभाला,
अलग-अलग पथ बतलाते सब पर मैं यह बतलाता हूँ -
'राह पकड़ तू एक चला चल, पा जाएगा मधुशाला।' ।।
English won't help much here, there isn't a single English word, but there are several Sanskrit words.
Exactly. “We are going to make this course but it’s not worth investing in” what the heck. And I actually retract my initial statement, with Hindi and Urdu combined, as many linguists consider them dialects of eachother, it is THE SECOND most spoken language on earth, as well as an ancient tongue, and part one of the most unique extants of the indo-European language tree. Hindi is just as beautiful as any other language, it’s abstract, yet precise, takes all of my left brain sometimes to grasp the concepts of certain words. I love it. ज़ै हिंद!
As a Native speaker of this language, Saying that native speakers use a noticeable amount of foreign words is at best a fictional excuse for not making a well balanced course. And a really poor one.
I obviously dunno how it looks from a learners perspective for this one but from a native speakers perspective, the tree seems to leave a lot to be desired even for a begineer level course. A good attempt to begin with, everyone should appreciate that of course, but without the obviously essential improvements, it gets difficult to sustain positive outlook on the hard work put in by the course makers