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Archive for September, 2016

Bargaining Basics and Shopping in India Posted by on Sep 28, 2016

Whether you are shopping for gold ornaments at the jewelers, picking vegetables in an open-air market, or buying clothes in small or large shops, bargaining is an integral part of the Indian shopping experience. Indians love to bargain. And shopkeepers or store salesmen love to push back. To a newcomer to India, shopping can be…

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3 Romantic Bollywood Films Hindi Lovers Can’t Miss Posted by on Sep 26, 2016

This week, we’ll talk about some famous Bollywood films that feature love in major ways so we can learn how to express this vital emotion in Hindi! Umrao Jaan (1981) उमराव जान This classic film stars the bombshell Rekha or रेखा (yes, she’s one of those actresses who only needs one name to go by)…

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Get Your Hindi On Posted by on Sep 21, 2016

An Introduction, and Your First Conversation   “Are you Hindi?” “Do you speak Hindu?” Newly emigrated Indians have often reported fielding these questions from flummoxed Westerners. After all, it’s not hard to confuse the similar-sounding names for the language, Hindi, and the religion, Hindu. In recent times, however, Hindi has been immensely popularized through India’s…

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Conquering Hindi through Bollywood Music Posted by on Sep 19, 2016

This week, we’ll discuss a song from a movie mentioned in last week’s blog: Lagaan (in English: “tax” or “rent”). Listening to music in the target language is a fun and easy way to learn new words and phrases and will help you remember them longer. An added benefit of discussing this particular song (and all…

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Learning Hindi through a Dangerously Addictive Show Posted by on Sep 12, 2016

नमस्ते सब लोग (Greetings, everyone)! मेरा नाम रेचल है (My name is Rachael). आजकल (these days), I’m a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley, and I study modern Hindi-Urdu and Bengali literature. I became enamored with Hindi and Indian culture when I was 13 through watching Hindi films. Of course, I watched plenty…

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