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Learning Hindi

Keys to Learning Hindi: 1. Learn to Read First!

This was the biggest mistake I made in my Hindi learning journey: I took advice from “experts” who said, “Always learn to speak first, then write.” This advice is fine for most languages, but most languages don’t have an alphabet where 8 letters sound incredibly similar to each other! The letters ड (Da) ढ (Dha) […]

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Learning Hindi

Can You Be Fluent in Hindi in 3 Months? Hindi’s 5 Challenges

Don’t believe the hype. There’s no such thing as becoming fluent in 3 months. Even if you moved to the country and studied the language full-time for 3 months, you still would not be fluent, especially with a complex language like Hindi. However, in 3 months you can learn a lot. In this post, I […]

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Learning Hindi

Before Learning Hindi, Find Your Motivation

Before I get into the nitty-gritty of how you can avoid all the pain I went through learning Hindi, we need to identify your passion and motivations behind learning Hindi. Without these, it’s impossible to learn a language. Languages are notoriously hard to learn because they require commitment and discipline. But when you have a […]

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Blacklist

Why I Haven’t Seen My Wife in 269 Days #Blacklist

My name is Karl Rock and the Government of India has stopped me from returning to India, separating me from my wife and family. So who am I? What happened? And why has it happened? इसे हिंदी में पढ़ें। This post is also available in Hindi. Who am I? I’m a content creator who makes […]

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Blacklist

पिछले २६९ दिनों में मैं अपनी पत्नी से क्यों नहीं मिला #ब्लैकलिस्ट

मेरा नाम कार्ल रॉक है और भारत सरकार ने मुझे मेरी पत्नी और मेरे परिवार से अलग करते हुए मुझे भारत लौटने से रोक दिया है। तो, मैं कौन हूँ? क्या हुआ? और ऐसा क्यों हुआ? This post is also available in English. मैं कौन हूँ? मैं एक कंटेंट क्रिएटर हूँ। मैं भारत के अविश्वसनीय […]

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Learning Urdu

How I Learnt Urdu Script (and How You Can Too!)

Over the last few years, I’ve been slowly learning Hindi to help me assimilate into my home in North India. If you can’t speak Hindi in North India, you’ll always be on the outside and won’t be able to interact with the common man on the street. And in my case, if I can’t speak […]

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Learning Urdu Pakistan Travel

Real World Urdu Examples for Reading Practice

Reading Urdu children stories is common for practising Urdu reading, but I find practising translating real-world signs and menus in Pakistan even more useful. Because you’re definitely going to come across these things every day while in Pakistan – and it’s this very reason why I decided I needed to learn Urdu. These photos are […]

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Learning Urdu

Best Videos for Learning the Urdu Alphabet

Out of the frustration of not being able to read signs and menus in Pakistan, I decided to expand my language learning from Hindi into its relative, Urdu. The biggest difference between Hindi and Urdu is just the script they’re written in. Hindi is written in Devanagari and Urdu in Nastaliq. Below are the best […]

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India Survival Guide

The Most Common Tourist Scams in India

Scams targetting tourists in India happen in all the major tourist cities, especially New Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur where most tourist go. I met so many foreigners who had come back from India with bad experiences from scammers that I decided to start exposing their scams on YouTube. I myself had been scammed multiple times, […]

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India Survival Guide

How to Deal with Pollution While Travelling in India

Air pollution levels in the major cities like Delhi, Agra, Varanasi, and Lucknow hit off the chart levels and make headlines around the world due to farmers burning stubble every November. But what the media won’t tell you is that the air pollution is not always at such high levels. It’s usually around from November […]