Friday, March 7, 2014

Some acche Hindi links idhar

A fellow Hindi learner:
grammar and other things

Another Hindi learner's link collection:

Eros Now offers Bollywood films. Some cost money, some are free. Watching Om Shanti Om right now.!/movie/watch/1000457/om-shanti-om
Useful tool for reading Hindi web pages

Hindi-Urdu idioms

Monday, March 3, 2014

I love this song

Kehne ko Jashn-e-bahara hai
Ishq yeh dekhke hairaan hai
Phool se khusboo khafa khafa hai gulshan mein
Chupa hai koi ranj fiza ki chilman mein
Sare sehmein nazare hain
Soye soye vaqt ke dhare hain
Aur dil mein koi khoye si baatein hain
Kehnke hairaan hai
Ishq yeh dekh
Kaise kahen kya hai sitam
Sochte hai ab yeh hum
Koi kaise kahen woh hai ya nahi humare
Karte to hai saath safar
Faasle hain phir bhi magar
Jaise milte nahi kisi dariya ke do kinare
Pass hain phir bhi paas nahi
Humko yeh gum raas nahi
Seeshe ki ek diware hai jaise darmiya
Hum ne jo tha nagma suna
Dil ne tha usko chuna
Yeh dastaan humein vaqt ne kaise sunai
Hum jo agar hai gumgee
Woh bhi udhar khush to nahi
Mulakato mein hai jaise ghul si gai tanhai
Milke bhi hum milte nahi
Khilke bhi gul khilte nahi
Aankhon mein hai baharein dil mein khiza

Random words I've looked up

अमानत amanat: fidelity

दौलत  daulat prosperity, wealth

फ़र्ज   PHARJ duty

खानदान  khandan clan

नंगा nanga naked

सबूत sabuut - proof, evidence, witness

अतीत atiita - the past

दिमाग dimaag - head, mind, brain

दौरा dauraa -seizure fit stroke

ख़ुदगर्ज़  (khudagarza) SELFISH

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Memrise update

I've planted about two thirds of the words in the Teach yourself Hindi course but finding the time to water them is a little bit of a problem.

Nikhil Paul George

Shaadi ke side effects
I want to see this film just because  this song makes me so happy:

The singer is Nikhil Paul George who also sang two songs on the Barfi soundtrack. These songs have got a lovely jazzy style.

Main tera hero

I gather he thinks he's her hero.

Suno na sangemarmar

Lovely song. It's about love, of course. He's saying she's more beautiful than marble minarets and the starry skies and his heart is flying because of his connection to her and she rules his heart now.

Suno na sangemarmar ki ye minarein
Kuch bhi nahi hain aage tumhare
Aaj se dil pe mere raj tumhara..
Taj tumhara
Bin tere maddham-maddham
Bhi chal rahi thi dhadkan
Jab se mile tum hamein
Aanchal se tere bandhe
Dil ud raha hai
Suno na aasmaanon ke ye sitaare..
Kuchh bhi nahi hain aage tumhare..
Yeh dekho sapne mere
Neendon se hoke tere
Raaton se kehte hain lo
Hum toh savere hai wo
Sach gaye jo
Suno na do jahaano ke yeh nazaare
Kuch bhi nahi hai aage tumhare
Aaj se dil pe mere raaj tumhara
Taj tumhara..
Suno na sangemarmar ki yeh minaare

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Aamir Khan

Aamir Khan sings Aati Kya Khandala with Alka Yagnik
Yes, that is his real voice, not a playback singer, I'm told.

He's going to do another season of Satyamev Jayate starting in March.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Tej Bhatia's Colloquial Hindi course

I borrowed this course from the library. There's a book and two CDs. It's okay but not excellent.
The book is interestingly written but it annoys me that some of the early lessons only give the romanizations and not the Hindi script. The least you could do is to print both, particularly in the pronunciation lessons where it would be quite nice to be able to connect the sound to the Devanagari letter.

The CD's I don't care for that much. I like the dialogues, but the exercises aren't that good pedagogically. In my opinion a language course CD should be suited to listening to over and over again, and this one isn't. There are some exercises that it's kind of pointless to repeat when you remember the answers from the last time. Too many questions and instructions are given in English when Hindi would do. The English narrator insists on telling me the life stories of everyone in the dialogues in long-winded English even though there is no need to know their names and their professional background to understand what's going on in the dialogue. I think most people who listen to language courses are intelligent enough to figure out that you can pause the tape and listen to difficult passages again without being reminded about it over and over again.  The narrator tells us some stuff that is in the book and there's really no need to hear it on the CD again.

There is simply far too much blah blah blah in English, and it gets annoying on repeated listening. I feel like I'm wasting my time if I'm listening to a person talking English to me when I wanted a Hindi course.