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Cardinal Numbers: 1-20 Posted by on Sep 14, 2017

I have been watching a lot of Bollywood songs lately and it set me thinking about how songs possess the ability to be great teachers. There are so many catchy lyrics and tunes that have helped students learn difficult academic concepts. Hence, I thought I’d use a Bollywood tune to introduce counting in Hindi, or…

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Slangs and Colloquialisms (contd.) Posted by on Sep 2, 2017

 In a previous blog we looked at some local lingo. Look back to refresh your memory. Today we will learn some more. The following Hindi slang phrases are typical in Mumbai. 1. आज मीटिंग में मैं । Aaj meeting mein main .  Figurative: I was so completely bored in the meeting today. Literally, पक गयी…

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The Total Solar Eclipse Posted by on Aug 23, 2017

On Monday, August 21 2017, scores of people across North America momentarily held their breath as they put on viewing goggles to witness the total solar eclipse संपूर्ण सूर्यग्रहण (sampoorna surya grahan). Those who were not lucky enough to live near the path of the total solar eclipse, traveled from near and far to witness the…

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The Meaning of the Monsoon Posted by on Jul 31, 2017

In North India, monsoon season lasts roughly from July to August and is colloquially known as “saawan” (सावन, masc. noun, which is also the name of the 5th month of the Indian calendar). In the semi-desert state of Rajasthan, where I used to live, this season is understandably greeted with anticipation and joy. Mangoes are…

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Navigating Gender in Hindi (Part 2) Posted by on Jul 25, 2017

In part 1 of this blog series on gender in Hindi, I discussed gender as it relates to each word’s source language, with the language of focus being Sanskrit. In this post, I’ll talk about a few more source languages and how they dictate gender: Persian, Arabic and English! Persian and Arabic Nouns Persian and…

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