Learn Hindi in One Week – Day 1 – The Battles Begin


The Burning Ghat

Learn Hindi in One Week

Okay, it’s time to get the challenge underway, let’s try to learn Hindi in one week shall we?

Day 1 – The Battles Begin

I was forced to start pretty early in the morning, as it was the only 2 hour gap that Raju had in his day. Attempting to arrive across town for 9am when my circadian rhythms have been geared to waking up around 10:30 certainly isn’t the most conducive beginning to this challenge.

Raju is a very capable teacher, looks like he has years of experience, but certainly falls into a bit of an older style. He likes the idea of writing a lot of things down in my book, instead of my writing them down… guess he hasn’t heard of tactile learners?

I’m probably more of an audio learner anyway, but still, it’s nice to have the information coming from a few different angles. I finally managed to wrestled my notebook away from him and insist on writing down a few of my sentences. He’s not insistent on my learning the Hindi alphabet (thank god), so at least that was one wrestling match that was sidestepped. I mean, you can only pick so many battles. The way that he prefers to teach is to explain a tense to me in English, write it down for me in my book and then ask me to translate sentences. The way I prefer to learn is to have the whole lesson in Hindi (though it can be very difficult), write down my own sentences, and be forced to even ask all my questions in the language, thus getting a better feel for the flow of the language.

It is my sincere believe that you can not understand one language through the lens of a different language… only through Hindi can you understand Hindi… Forced to think in English is only going to slow me down… but for the moment it certainly makes it easier (ahhh… the trap of taking the easy road).

I did another hour in the afternoon, Raju seems quite impressed with the amount of punishment I can take. We’re going through the language pretty quick, and it’s really quite a simple language. It’s totally different than any European language (another reason why I don’t feel that thinking in English is beneficial)… but it has rules and very few exceptions…

Day 1 went pretty well… won the wrestling match for the notebook, sidestepped the wrestling match regarding the alphabet and only have the wrestling match about the language in which lessons are taught left in front of me.

You can either go back to take a look at the
Challenge to Learn Hindi in One Week

or see how things develop:
Day 2 – Building Momentum
Day 3 – Feeling the Effects
Day 4 – Hump Day
Day 5 – Pushing All-In
Day 6 – Fires Are Burning

and follow my progress as I attempt to learn Hindi in one week.

Jonny Jenkins

Jonny Jenkins

My name is Jonny, my friends call me Stef. I'm Canadian born, but don't find my identity based upon some borders that man drew hundreds of years ago. I have begun to make my way through the world, travelling and living in many different countries and cultures. I believe whole heartedly in staying longer and going deeper to get the best understanding possible of many different perspectives of life. In order to do so, you have to speak the language. I am no polyglot, but have started to put more emphasis on learning languages in the last few years. I have learned Spanish, relearned French, and started in on Portuguese, German, Indonesian and Malagasy. When it comes to the third world, I am willing to help where they (and not I) decide they need it... in the first world, I am hoping to inspire and motivate people to live more engaging lives.

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