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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Pierre891640

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.

October 3, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnushkaBen1

Bonjour Monsieur! Je m'appelle Anushka, et je parle hindi et anglais, mais j'habite aux États-Unis. I am a native Hindi speaker, and i am currently learning French in school for 3 years and Duolingo has been a great help to me! I would love to be your conversation partner!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Pierre891640

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 ?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnushkaBen1

We'll surely figure something out, because I definitely need to review some French concepts and I am delighted to have a native French speaker teach me! May I ask where you live? There might be some time difference..


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Betelleo

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. :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Pierre891640

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.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Betelleo

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।


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Pierre891640

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.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Betelleo

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.

https://www.duome.eu/Pierre891640

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.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Pierre891640

thanks for the compliment Bee, but I must confess that i am still unable to converse. Anyway, i am looking forward to practice in the country and i will come back to you with my report.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnushkaBen1

Thank you so much Betelleo..also just curious..what languages did you learn growing up?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnushkaBen1

Where did you go in India? just curious


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Pierre891640

all around. Two years all together.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnushkaBen1

Wow! That must have been fun..


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnushkaBen1

Is there anything specific that you want to talk about?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Pierre891640

I am very new here. And a little bit scared. Would it be possible to chat via email ?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnushkaBen1

Absolutely! There's nothing to be scared about..even i am learning Korean along with French and although it's a completely new alphabet, I am just trying my best..


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Pierre891640

well... if you say so. What scares me is not language learning but contact with a beautiful stranger.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnushkaBen1

Oh no..no worries at all..you'll be fine


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnushkaBen1

Quel est votre email Monsieur? (I'm not sure if I asked that correctly! Sorry if I'm wrong!)

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