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When it Gets Hot and Muggy before the Monsoon Showers … Posted by on May 24, 2017

When heavy rains hit Mumbai.

It’s the end of May and the south-westerly monsoon winds should be headed across the Western coast of India. This is the time when temperatures  (taapmaan) and humidity run high, guaranteeing the impending monsoon showers  (baarish) a resounding welcome  (swagat). It’s also the time when even a short errand outside can drench you in heat and…

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5 Essential Tips for Learning Hindi Posted by on May 16, 2017

Learning a language as an adult, as opposed to as a child or a young adult, is a whole different ball game. Most children, and even some young adults, pick up a language without an inordinate amount of effort––their brains are a bit like sponges, soaking in any new information at the drop of a…

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Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow Posted by on May 12, 2017

Yesterday, today, tomorrow, the day after, … are terms used so commonly during daily conversation that they are imperative to communication, especially if you are traveling in a new country and want to convey details about when you arrived, what you plan to do today, or where you will be headed tomorrow. In Hindi, you…

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What’s the Opposite of … ? Posted by on May 4, 2017

Some of my most enjoyable lessons as a student were classroom vocabulary tests of all kinds. And since I had 3 languages in which to practice these drills, it was triple the fun but never quite enough. I clearly remember “Match the Columns” exercises and “Fill in the blanks,” a cloze-like activity where we would…

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Hindi ki Khichri Me Punjabi ‘Suaad’ Posted by on May 2, 2017

As I’ve said before, Hindi is sometimes called a “khichdri bhasha,” (खिचड़ी भाषा, both words are feminine nouns) which basically means that it is a “mixed language” consisting of words, phrases and even sometimes grammatical structures from a variety of different languages. “Khichdri” (खिचड़ी, fem. noun) is a popular dish of ghee or clarified butter,…

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