Anybody here complete the Hindi tree and/or get pretty far with the language?
I want to know peoples thoughts.
My Hindi tree is complete to level 2, and I've got much of it to level 3 - 100 crowns so far! The language is kind of making sense now, and I like the repetition of the exercises to keep reviewing the grammar.
I'm moving on to Snell's "Getting Started in Hindi" which appears to cover approximately the same range of grammar, but has more in the way of conversations and explanations.
I finished the Hindi tree within 2 weeks of starting, but I had the unfair advantage of knowing the Devanagari script beforehand. Besides this is not my first go at Hindi.
I find Hindi to be on the easier side of languages, especially when one is used to postpositions vs. prepositions. But the Duolingo course in Hindi is rather small and may not get one to the proper conversational level. I am still having a positive learning experience, so I'm not complaining.
I tried to study the Devangari script from a book but found that what I really needed to do was repeat and write out things myself. The script is really quite simple, and much simpler than what one would think after reading the rules of the script and the mutations. Hindi is somewhat on the easier side, I know what you mean. A lot of people consider it hard because it isn't in Latin script but there are languages with Latin script that are much harder than languages like Hindi and let's say, Hebrew. Hebrew is easier than Turkish, to me at least, for example. Thanks for sharing ^_^ 2 weeks wow! DId you have marathon study times? hehe
Marathon study, not really. In the first place it is a fairly short course, secondly I already know the script and I have studied the language before, and thirdly in these two weeks I only completed the minimum requirement for each level. When all that is taken in, it really isn't such a great accomplishment! I agree with you, it isn't a difficult script, but it has more letters than the average western alphabet. Still kinda pretty :)
I completed a golden tree not long after it came out. I had been using a Hindi book beforehand to learn, but it wasn't as fun as DL. It's a limited course, more to get your feet wet. And hey, it's free, so I can't complain. I'm still working with the textbook (Essential Hindi), and have Usha Jain's Hindi books also.
I definitely would. Essential Hindi (by Tuttle publishing) comes with a CD, and there is a workbook available for purchase that goes with it. I have been studying from them off and on (therein lies my problem, haha) and when I finish, I plan to work on the Usha Jain books to round out what I may have missed. That and, of course, someday taking an immersion class in India!^)