August 19, 2010 | Hindi

A Return to Racing

I run my first real race in 2.5 months (but who's counting?).

I redid several Pimsleur lessons today. I am learning to say things such as: I don’t need anything. Moochko kutch ne-HEE jahee-AY. Please give me some rupees. Moochko kutch ruPAY deejee-AY. You speak too quickly. Ab beHOT joldee boltee…

August 21, 2010 | Hindi

Alphabet Error!

The Hindi alphabet is bigger than previously reported (by me).

I registered today that I made a major error back on August 1 when I first wrote about the Hindi writing system. I said there were 42 symbols. Wrong! There are 42 consonant symbols. I must admit, I have been wondering about…

August 23, 2010 | Hindi

Pimsleur People, You Sly Dogs

In which I am amused by Pimsleur and study with a small companion.

My age in Hindi is pronounced chaWALis. I like that word! I will be coy and leave it at that (i.e., untranslated). My Study Companion Today while I was studying in the living room, I kept hearing a noisy…

August 25, 2010 | Hindi

A Philosophy of Grammar Education

How best to learn grammar? I ponder a question with a long and ragged history.

In my July 28th entry, entitled “Content Warning,” I went into some fairly graphic grammatical detail about Greek verbs. In response, a reader, Katherine, posted the following. Grammar is at the same time frustrating and exciting, it’s a real…

August 27, 2010 | Hindi

The Itinerant Hindi Vowel

Vowels in Hindi are mischievous little creatures.

Sometimes on this language journey I come across things that just make me say, what the hell?! Hindi vowels are among those things. Below are some highlights of the Hindi vowel situation. First, Hindi has two forms for each of…

August 29, 2010 | Hindi

A Sunday of Racing, Pimsleur, and More Hindi Vowels

In which I run and I study.

Today I woke up reasonably early, promptly felt virtuous for that precise reason, and stretched while doing a Pimsleur lesson. Which made me feel even more virtuous. 238th Street Station, en Route to Van Cortland Park Then Brandt and I…

August 30, 2010 | Hindi

Return to Rosetta Stone

A prodigal student gets back on her computer to learn.

I began my day with Pimsleur, then turned later—for the first time in many days—to Rosetta Stone.  I admit, I have neglected Rosetta Stone. Part of the reason is my addiction to multitasking. I am trying to…

September 1, 2010 | Hindi

On Families and Noses

Two interesting features of Hindi: (1) a robust vocabulary to describe family members and (2) nasalized vowels.

More Pimsleur, more writing practice today. I learned a number of new things from the book Beginner’s Hindi Script, to which I am becoming increasingly attached. My Gratitude to the Very Clear Author of This Book Keeps Growing …

September 3, 2010 | Hindi

Relative Clauses and German Sausage

I learn to construct relative clauses in Hindi and discover I can still read German menus.

I woke up and, as has been my routine lately, promptly turned to Pimsleur lessons while stretching on an exercise mat. Lying on my back on the floor, trying to become flexible again, I learned that the word “that” in…

September 3, 2010 | Hindi

Look-Alike Letters

Quite a few Hindi letters bear a strong resemblance to other Hindi letters.

Early this afternoon, after an hour of Pimsleur-aided stretching, I decided to head out for a run. I ended up going 7.25 miles, which is a standard distance for me under normal circumstances, though definitely further than I have run since…