Immerse yourself in Hindi culture during lockdown.

Are you interested in taking on the exciting challenge of learning not only a foreign language but a language that is musically eloquent and beautiful?

Fantastic! Then let us jump right in and learn more about the Hindi and the culture behind it.

So, you want to know about Hindi!

Hindi originated in the 17th century by blending Polulau languages in the surrounding areas from Delhi which is the capital of India with Urdu and Persian (brought in by previous Muslim rulers).

Hindi then derived from Prakrit which is where the Indo-Aryan languages are spawned from. Hindi is spoken in much of northern India, in the following Indian states (from north to south and west to east):

  • Himachal Pradesh

  • Uttarakhand

  • Haryana

  • Delhi

  • Rajasthan

  • Uttar Pradesh

  • Bihar

  • Madhya Pradesh

  • Chhattisgarh

  • Jharkhand

How to learn Hindi

Hindi is less commonly acquired languages in comparison to Western languages such as English, Spanish, German, and French. However, it is a great time to learn Hindi with India becoming more and more of a powerhouse economically and with their much-improved tourism industry.

India is one of the BRIC nations that will only increase the use of their languages and as you may know India has more than one language to choose from to learn. 

But a wonderful place to start is learning Hindi and the Indian culture behind this interesting and philosophical language.

A few tips to learning Hindi

  • Watch Bollywood movies and listen to Hindi radio stations. Immerse your ears to the pronunciations and sounds of the Hindi language and slang.

  • One to one lessons will help you learn and the tutor will be able to tailor-make your lessons to your needs and skill set. 

  • Group lessons in coffee shops are another way to meet people who have the same hobbies and interests as you as well as using this time to converse and learn more about the language and culture before you decide to fly over there and immerse yourself in.

  • Flashcards are so helpful in increasing your daily vocabulary to words you need daily. By placing stickie notes on items around the house and having some flashcards on your desk or by your nightstand is another helpful tip to use the dead time to something productive and fun.

Hindi Culture

To understand and appreciate the language better it is imperative to look deep into researching the Hindi culture. With the mesh of past cultures from all around the world influencing Hindi’s identity, it has changed and impacted how Hindi culture is seen in the 21st century.

Because of this influence, it is not uncommon to have some teachers and purists never use borrowed words as some believe a Hindi speaker should only use original Hindi words. However, more commonly today you will find most teachers do not mind mixing it up and using the so-called borrowed words in the Hindi language of 2020.

You will find English words as well as Arabic words in the Hindi language. With trading for centuries between the Middle East and of course a big influence of the British, this is another reason why the Hindi culture is so bright with diversity and a cultural melting pot linguistically.

Indian Festivals

You may not know if you have never been before, but India is a great place for festivals and celebrations.

Every year there are large festivals as Muslims celebrate Eid, Christians have Good Friday and Christmas, Sikhs and Baisakhi celebrating the harvesting of the crop and then the birthdays of Gurus. When it comes to Hindi celebrations and festivals there are; Diwali, Holi, Makar Sakranti to name a few. Then there are other religions embracing their beliefs with auspicious days of joy and reflection.

India is a vibrant and fascinating country with diverse and interesting areas and people making it a place of learning and community. Hindi culture especially brings people together, the family is everything but they share their joy and love with tourists and people all over the world sharing their knowledge and ways of life to those brave and curious enough to try something new and dive right in.

So, get stuck in and learn more about not only ways to learn the Hindi language but more importantly how Hindi came to be. To understand the language you are speaking first you must understand the people and culture of where that language comes from.

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