This blog is for fun to keep track of my journal entries while I learn Hindi. I plan to write posts in the middle of the night while I am sleep deprived and though I can’t promise that entries will be error and/or sarcasm free I hope you are able to look past the mess and enjoy. I also believe and hope that through my journal you will find some beauty in cross-cultural dialog, education and friendships….
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
How did I study Hindi? Months 8ish - 12
After my frustrating spell of not being able to understand anything that was going on around me to the extent that I wanted, which actually didn't bother me for a long time. You can read more about that initial phase in my post, Do You Mind Not Knowing What is Going On?
I began to focus on general ideas and let go a bit. I used Hindi a bit more and often times could follow conversations depending on topic.
My comprehension varied (and still does) based on many things including but not limited to time of day (the loopy exhausted phase right before I should go to bed actually is by far the best), a glass of wine often helps as well, and topic (I understand making food plans, playing cricket, and surprisingly I catch more in political conversations than expected but not pro cricket conversations) etc....
There are several types of people currently in my Hindi learning journey...
People I speak nearly entirely in Urdu with
People I randomly speak Hindi phrases with and they randomly throw in easy to understand phrases. This is where a couple of my closer girl friends are.
People who think I know nothing and over explain everything.
People who are always curious if I know what's going on. I especially have fun when I get to say yes to these people.
People who encourage others to speak in Hindi to me
People who are critical and correct me a lot or tell me just to speak English because it is easier
People who make me speak Hindi
People who simplify their words and speak slowly and make me speak only in Hindi
And people who forget I don't really speak Hindi and just speak it anyways (which are my favorite) and then are shocked when I understand or reply...
I think that having all of these people groups is an excellent way to learn and I would like to thank you all!