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Keys to Learning Hindi 5: Grammar & Vocabulary Dairy

The final thing I did while learning Hindi (and still do!) is I keep a small notebook with me. The front half of the book is dedicated to grammar notes from YouTube or book lessons. The second half is a glossary where I write any new words I’ve acquired during the day. By doing this, […]

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Keys to Learning Hindi 4: Real-World Practice, Every Day!

When learning a language, books and self-practice can only take you so far. That’s why you must have that language practice buddy. But there’s one other important thing that I do. I speak Hindi whenever I get the chance! Whenever I meet an Indian person during my day, I turn on Hindi mode. All-day every […]

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Keys to Learning Hindi 3: Practice and How to Hire a Teacher

Learning a language takes commitment and dedication. The hardest part of learning any language is committing to a set amount of study each day. I know this because I’ve fallen into week and month-long periods where my Hindi practice was forgotten entirely. To keep me motivated and moving forward I’ve reserved 1 hour per day […]

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Keys to Learning Hindi: 2. Learning to Speak

There are two places I recommend you to start at when you are beginning to learn to speak Hindi (after you’ve learnt to read). There’s another book by Rupert Snell called Complete Hindi, and there’s the Hindi University YouTube channel. When I first started learning how to speak, I used Complete Hindi, and once I […]

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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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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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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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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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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 […]