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Days of the Week in Hindi Posted by on May 16, 2019

One of the first concepts you are taught in any language class are the “days of the week.” While this may entail a simple explanation in other languages, the days of the week in Hindi are rife with meaning due to their connections with Hinduism and astrology. Although many young people in India today may…

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Echo Words in Hindi Posted by on May 8, 2019

While learning Hindi, you may have noticed a phenomenon known as “echo words.” This grammatical structure is fairly common and informal and most often consists of an established word, such as “चाय/chaay” (tea) and a made-up word that rhymes with it (the most common example in this case is “वाय/vaay”) that adds a more general…

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Dogs in India Posted by on May 1, 2019

In some parts of the world, the sight of people doting fondly over their pet dogs (पालतू कुत्ता/paaltoo kuttaa=singular, कुत्ते/kutte=plural) is extremely commonplace. But, this cultural practice of keeping domesticated dogs and other animals for no purpose other than to look cute and provide companionship is by no means a universal phenomenon. In India, for…

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Indian Elections Posted by on Apr 21, 2019

As of April 11, voting in the world’s largest democracy (लोकतंत्र/loktantra or जनतंत्र/jantantra) has officially begun. The next prime minister of India will be determined by which party or group of parties receives the most votes in forming the new parliament (संसद/sansad) (or लोक सभा/Council of the People or lower house, whose members are directly…

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Commemorating the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre Posted by on Apr 14, 2019

This past Saturday, April 13th, marked the 100th anniversary of the massacre (हत्याकांड/hatyaakaand) at Jallianwala Bagh (जलियांवाला बाग़, baag=garden) that occurred on this date in the year 1919. It was in this public garden (बाग़/baag, बग़ीचा/bageechaa) in Amritsar (in the then-province of Punjab) that General Reginald Dyer, an officer in the British Indian Army, directed…

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Learning Hindi by Watching TV Posted by on Apr 6, 2019

As you probably know, Netflix, Amazon and other companies interested in getting in on the streaming game have been buying up English and foreign-language content left and right, in a frenzy (उन्माद/unmaad) to obtain the best and most varied array of TV shows and movies available. Hindi language content is no exception (अपवाद/apvaad). Compared to…

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Superwoman Has Arrived Posted by on Apr 3, 2019

सुपरवुमन पहुँच गई है । Anyone who watches YouTube is probably familiar with the name Lilly Singh. Recently, NBC announced that Singh, whom Forbes declared as one of the highest-earning (सबसे ज़्यादा कमाने वाली/sabse zyaada kamaane vaali. In this sentence: सबसे ज़्यादा कमाने वालों में से एक है) YouTube stars in 2017, will be hosting…

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