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Making Learning of Hindi Numbers Easier

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Santhosh Kumar R, an assistant professor at Mahatma Gandhi College here, has developed a new parallel number system in Hindi to overcome difficulties with comprehending the traditional Hindi number system, especially for those not having Hindi as their mother-tongue.  “The conventional numbering system in Hindi is distinctly different from one to 100. But in most other languages, there is a uniform pattern for numbering system that makes it easy to comprehend,” said Santhosh Kumar.  This forced the professor to develop a parallel number system and prepare a paper discussing the chances of including a parallel system in Hindi. In his paper, Santhosh recorded his alternatives for numbering from one to 1,000 with only 21 conventional numbers.  “Though the system is very easy for the experienced users of the language, it is very difficult for beginners and foreigners. For overcoming these difficulties, my proposed numbering system will be very [...]

Hindi: India’s new English

Narendra Modi just returned from his first foreign trip as India’s prime minister. The two-day Bhutan visit focused on mutual trade and development, but one of the biggest stories in India was Modi’s use of language: Modi addressed the Bhutanese parliament in Hindi. In doing so, Modi reminded us that Hindi is one of the world’s most widely spoken languages, understood by millions outside India as a second language, if not a first. He also distinguished himself from all of India’s leaders since independence, who have almost always used English on the international stage. Leaders of every South Asian nation attended Modi’s inauguration last month. Modi spoke in Hindi to the leaders of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan and the Tibetan government-in-exile. They all understood him. Just by chatting, Modi demonstrated Hindi’s multinational status. This has Indians talking about Hindi: some with excitement, others with anxiety. As Modi was [...]

Hindi: India’s new English

Uncle Goose® Unveils Hindi ABC Blocks, The 21st Alphabet Block Set In The Company’s Expanding Foreign Language Collection

New Hindi ABC Blocks from Uncle Goose are available now at UncleGoose.com. (PRNewsFoto/Uncle Goose) GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., July 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Uncle Goose® has built its reputation as the leading handmade toy block manufacturer in the World, the result of inspired design appeal and a deep understanding of the importance of learning through play. The company underscores that positioning today with its release of Hindi ABC Blocks , the first handmade set of its kind to feature characters from the Hindi language and an Indian-inspired animal pattern side in a variety of vibrant colors. Hindi ABC Blocks become widely available nationwide next month at boutique toy stores, specialty gift shops and at www.unclegoose.com .  The beautifully crafted block set has a retail price of $43 and includes 32 wooden blocks. "This is the last of the three major languages for us to roll out, and as such I [...]

Uncle Goose® Unveils Hindi ABC Blocks, The 21st Alphabet Block Set In The Company's Expanding Foreign Language Collection

UK university puts Hindi, Bengali at heart of new MA course

UK university puts Hindi, Bengali at heart of new MA course London: Britain’s well-known School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) has announced the launch of a new Masters programme in South Asian studies, with a focus on languages such as Hindi and Bengali.   The two-year MA Intensive South Asian Studies being offered by the South Asia Institute at SOAS in London includes a comprehensive language-based training across a wide range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.   Students on the programme, which commences in September this year, will include four taught courses at SOAS during the first year, of which a course at an appropriate level in Bengali, Hindi, Nepali or Urdu and the course ‘The Politics of Culture in Contemporary South Asia’ will be at the core.  “The programme is aimed at students pursuing careers in the academic world, business, government and the media [...]

UK university puts Hindi, Bengali at heart of new MA course

Study at your own pace

Established in 2002, the Centre for Distance and Open Learning (CDOL) runs 21 programmes approved by joint committee of DEC, AICTE, UGC/NCTE. “In today’s time, education is the most empowering force. Unfortunately, our country does not have the ­infrastructure required to offer quality education to all. For those who are unable to get admission in regular courses because of various reasons which may be financial or logistic or academic, distance education acts as a bridge to help them overcome these hurdles,” says Mirza Tariq Beg, director, Centre for Distance and Open Learning. The centre, approved by ministry of human resource development, government of India, “offers students a chance to get quality education which is considered at par with the regular mode of learning. Also, high standards are ­maintained for examination and evaluation process. Unlike the distance mode courses offered by various other universities, CDOL has built a reputation which [...]

Fugly fights against injustice

FUGLY TIME: Vijender Singh, Kiara Advani, Arfi Lamba, Mohit Marwah and Kabir Sadanand The young, spunky cast of Fugly was in the capital recently and revealed what Fugly stands for. Their camaraderie was infectious to those around them For all those Bollywood lovers, who have been wondering Yeh fugly-fugly kya hai?, director of the film Kabir Sadanand explains us it’s all about “fighting the ugly” in society.With young, spunky and fresh faces, Fugly is the debut film for Mohit Marwah, Kiara Advani, Olympic medalist Vijender Singh, and also stars Arfi Lamba. For Kiara, the film maintains a perfect balance between a social message and an entertaining presentation, without either trivialising the issue or detracting from the light, fun feel. She says, “Ugly in the film stands for the dysfunctional system prevalent in our country and Fugly is the fight against all the ugly problems such as corruption, lack of [...]

Fugly fights against injustice

Startups like LinguaNext, Uniphore Systems, Reverie Language Tech help mobile users cross language barrier

Given that more than 99 per cent of software available in India require at least basic English language skills, the lack of support has so far restricted access to technology to a small fraction of the population BANGALORE: When newly married Krishna Kant Singh shifted base from UP’s hinterland to Gurgaon, where he got a job as housekeeper, he struggled to find ways to communicate with his wife who stayed back in his village. Of course, there was the mobile phone, but its keypad was in English and neither he nor his wife understood the language. It was then the 29-year-old found out about a Micromax phone with a Hindi keypad and interface. "When I bought a Hindi interface phone, the whole village taught my wife how to operate it and today she is more tech savvy on the phone than I am," says a proud Singh. Singh may [...]

Startups like LinguaNext, Uniphore Systems, Reverie Language Tech help mobile users cross language barrier

According to scientists, being bilingual is good for your brain

According to scientists, being bilingual is good for your brain Share This Tags Does being bilingual give young children a mental edge, or does it delay their learning? Well, it depends on who you ask. Bilingual education is regarded by some in education policy circles as little more than a half-baked technique of teaching students whose native language is not English. Though it takes many forms, bilingual education programs usually involve teaching students in both their native languages and in English. How much each language is used, and in which academic contexts, varies by program. But neuroscience researchers are increasingly coming to a consensus that bilingualism has many positive consequences for the brain. Several such researchers traveled to this month’s annual meeting of the American Assn. for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C., to present their findings. Among them: • Bilingual children are more effective at multi-tasking. • [...]

According to scientists, being bilingual is good for your brain

‘An Online Tool To Teach Hindi And Urdu’

Dr Afroz Taj, associate professor in the department of Asian studies at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, USA, came to the U.S. in 1981 as a student and stayed on to teach a host of courses related to South Asia. He has set up online Hindi and Urdu learning tools using the grant of one million dollars from the United States department of education, the first of its kind to promote a South Asian language in the U.S. Besides, he also anchors a radio show, Geet Bazaar, on Channel FM in North Carolina in a bid to perpetuate Indian culture. He speaks to Outlook correspondent Abhijit Mazumdar in New Delhi. Abhijit Mazumdar: How did this unique concept to have an online tool to learn Hindi and Urdu evolve? Dr Afroz Taj: In 1995 I was appointed to teach Hindi and Urdu under a joint collaboration of [...]

'An Online Tool To Teach Hindi And Urdu'

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