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Similar Hindi Words Posted by on Mar 30, 2009

Some Hindi words look very much alike, almost to the point where they confuse the reader into thinking that the two words are the same. Here is a list of Indian words that look alike, but are not. Try to find out how each pair is different from each other: pickle = (अचार ) behavior…

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Hindi Numerals Posted by on Mar 28, 2009

Namaste (नमस्ते)! We’re going to take a look at Hindi numbers. Although Indians can read Arabic numerals like 1, 2, 3 etc. we still have our own number system with different symbols. Also, keep in mind that the symbols are really easy to read and predictable. It’s the pronunciation that’ll kill you. 0 : (०)…

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Pakora (पकोड़ा) Posted by on Mar 25, 2009

It’s common for people to eat pakora (पकोड़ा) during the Holi (होली) festival. A pakora (पकोड़ा) is a fried snack sometimes eaten as starters in restaurants. Pakora (पकोड़ा) is made by taking some vegetables, dipping them in a flour batter and frying them. There are different varieties of pakora (पकोड़ा). Some of the most common…

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Holi (होली) Posted by on Mar 24, 2009

Every year people in Nepal, India and even the UK celebrate holi (होली). Holi (होली) is the festival of colors. It’s a joyous festival where people throw colored powder at each other. There are several stories as to how holi (होली) came to be celebrated by Indians. One story tells of how Holika (होलिका) a…

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Hindi Consonants Again! Posted by on Mar 21, 2009

  The Hindi alphabet is very long, especially the consonants. So without further delay let’s continue: प – is pronounced like the p in sPin. The Hindi word for kite contains this sound (पतंग). फ – is like the uph in UP Hill. Fruit = (फल). ब – like the b in Bee. Duck =…

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Hindi Consonants Continued Posted by on Mar 15, 2009

I’m back! We’re going to start where we left off with the Hindi consonants (व्यंजन): ट – Is a hard English t like Trick. The Hindi word that contains this sound is the Hindi word for tomato (टमाटर) ठ – is like the th in lighTHouse. The Hindi words for blacksmith = (ठठेरा) ड – is like the…

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The Hindi Consonants Posted by on Mar 8, 2009

Namaste (नमस्ते)! Today we’re going to learn the Hindi consonants. क – is pronounced as the k in sKip     You can see this in the Hindi word for pigeon (कबूतर) ख – is pronounced as kh in sinKHole     This sound can be heard in the word for rabbit (खरगोश). ग – is like the g…

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