Talking with pals in French/Hindi
I do not understand the purpose of following friends if we do not have any means to be in real contact. Il would be great to be able to meet someone in India who tries to learn french. We could chat half-half.
Mais quel bonheur ! Merci pour votre message Anushka. Je serais évidemment ravi de pouvoir communiquer avec vous pour avancer dans mon apprentissage de l'hindi et vous aider dans celui du français. Mais je ne vois pas trop comment procéder. Je ne suis pas sur les réseaux sociaux et n'ai encore jamais utilisé des outils comme skype. Et puis vous avez de l'avance avec trois ans d'études. Je suis un débutant... Comment voyez-vous la chose ?
If you're really serious about finding someone in India who'd be willing to practice their French with you and teach you Hindi, your best bet would be to contact Alliance Française in India and ask them to put you in touch with a native speaker of Hindi who already knows some French.
Just ask them to weed out the casual learners and recommend someone really loves French.
I would be interested, but then I'm not a native speaker of Hindi and still haven't got round to learning any French.
I hope you manage to find a conversation partner soon.
आप क्यों हिन्दी सीख रहें हैं ? Just curious. :)
Thanks Betelleo, i will do just what you suggest. I am 62 and I went to India the first time when I was 19. I falled in love. I even had plans to move there with my family. Living in Geneva, I found pleasure in learning Schwitzertüütsch and discovered that it was not too hard to get the basics. So I decided that I would try hindi. I also enjoy very much the sound which is not too far from french.
Hindi has a very distinctive sound, doesn't it? Every language has its own music and rhythm. I learn languages as a means to expose myself to the widest possible range of human speech sounds in a totally natural setting as opposed to analysing speech sounds in a phonetics laboratory.
French sounds lovely to my ears. I understand what you mean when it say it sounds similar to Hindi. French and Hindi vowel sounds are somewhat similar, particularly the nasal vowels.
Welsh also sounds a bit like Hindi. Not the vowel or consonant sounds but the intonation. They're like two songs that have a very similar tune.
भारत से आप की पूर्व जन्म की सम्बन्ध है।
Very impressive Betelleo. I envy your hability to learn so many different languages. Not having access to any information about a previous life I could only speculate. I must say that whenever I reach India, my heart burst out open. This is a very special feeling that i never felt anywhere else.
I don't learn all of them at the same time. It is one thing trying out various languages on Duolingo to get a feel for them, and quite another using them on a regular basis to communicate with native speakers. Sadly, I'm only fluent in the two languages I grew up speaking, so that doesn't make me much of a polyglot, at least not yet.
I checked your progress on Duome.eu and you have a fully golden tree. That is a significant achievement in a very short time.
Anushka, you might want to check out languagetransfer.org if you haven't already. I'm currently doing their Spanish course and it is excellent.