Yes! I conquered the Hindi tree. Third owl!
So, there you have it! I have an owl in Hindi (is that really a sentence in English?). Now I am going to make the tree golden. By the way, when I got my owl in Hebrew, I was able to announce that in Hebrew, because the Hebrew course has the words for 'owl' and 'gold' in the course. This is not the case in the Hindi tree. That's a bit of an omission, I find. Anyway, Hindi and Hebrew are now my practise-trees, I am now going for owls in Greek and Indonesian.
Oh, and of course I am still working on the reverse tree.
How is your Hindi skill overall? And are you going to use other websites or resources to learn now?
Well, obviously it is still very basic, but I do find I can make out some stuff in yoga class, where previously I couldn't. I am definitely going to look at other resources as well. I wanted to learn Sanskrit, but Duo hasn't got that. So I thought that doing Hindi at least would teach me to read the script and maybe give some insight in the grammar.
So you don't think that you could write well, or talk with somebody in the language at least a little?
No, but the tree is too short for that. There is not enough vocab to be able to have a meaningful conversation of any length. And most trees don't get you past the beginner stage anyway. You do need a lot of other resources for that. But I do have a feeling for the grammar now, so it will be easier to use other resources.
I took English, German and French in Highschool and the only reason my level in those languages is what it is, is, because I read extensively, watched TV-shows, listened to songs, spoke with native speakers etc. And I did this for years.
Most of my classmates never reached that level at all. Even my brother hasn't got my level of fluency. He never read as much as I did. My parents were able to read in those languages as well als they read in Dutch, but only my father could also speak those languages. My mother finds it exhausting to speak English and does not speak German or French at all, although she reads literature in those languages effortlessly.
If you want to speak well, you need a lot of interaction and practice. If you want to read well, the same.
How would you say that the language itself is difficulty-wise? Is the grammar really hard, or the vocab? (Sorry I'm asking so many questions, I'm trying to find out more info before I fully commit to Hindi myself)
The grammar is not hard, but very different if you are a native English speaker. Some things on the other hand are similar again.
The vocab is like vocab in any language, some very different, but there are many loanwords in it, that may be familiar if you know the language they are loaned from. And occasionally there are similar words because they are related.
Hindi has a lot of sounds that English does not have. You need to learn to hear and identify them and also learn to make them yourself if you want to be understood.
The most challenging part is probably to learn to read and write Devanagari. Hebrew can be challenging because it is an abjad. It uses mainly consonants so the pronunciation of te vowels can be a guessing game. Devanagari is an abugida, which means consonants and vowels are written as a unit, not necessarily in a lineair fashion. If you are used to a lineair way of writing and reading that may be difficult at first. An abugida has way more characters than an alphabet or an abjad, but less than a pictorial based system like Chinese. On the positive side, Devanagari is a very precise system. Once you know how to read and write it, the pronunciation is very clear.
Congrats!! बधाई हो!!
PS: Owl=उल्लू (masc.), gold=सोना (masc.), golden=सुनहरा (prnounced 'sunehraa')
Congratulations I bought a few Hindi text but still had problems with grammar but I started Duolingo Hindi things became a lot easier I am level 23 with a golden tree and owl it was worth it hoping to get to level 25 before December I started duo in January this year thanks Duolingo