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Facebook and Hindi meet at Saskatoon’s Cliff Wright Library

Mohammed Nurulamin and Manju Sinha came up with the idea and developed a class to teach Hindi-speakers how to use Facebook. (CBC) Facebook is used around the world, but that doesn’t mean everyone knows how to use it.  Manju Sinha and Mohammed Nurulamin at Saskatoon’s public library, hope to help change that.  Every Tuesday from 2 p.m.. to 3 p.m.., anyone can drop by the Cliff Wright branch in Saskatoon’s east-end and learn how to use the social media site in Hindi.  "We’ve noticed that a lot of people (who) were using the computer didn’t know how to use a lot of the things, and Facebook was one of things they wanted to be a part of, but the language being a barrier, they just couldn’t," said Nurulamin, who recently moved to Edmonton to work for the library there.   It took the two a year and a half to finally get [...]

Facebook and Hindi meet at Saskatoon's Cliff Wright Library

Why Narendra Modi will deliver his UN speech in Hindi

Make in India—and do it in Hindi. AP Photo/Saurabh Das, File Do you know Hindi? If you want to understand Narendra Modi’s speech at the UN today, you better learn the language quickly. India’s prime minister prefers speaking in Hindi, and with this speech and other public appearances since he has been elected, he is ensuring that Hindi earns its rightful place as a recognized world language. Not only does Modi prefer speaking in Hindi with visiting foreign dignitaries, but he has encouraged Indian diplomats to start using Hindi with their counterparts. The Indian government counts more than 400 million speakers of Hindi or a Hindi dialect, which makes Hindi the fourth most prevalent language in the world after English, Spanish and Chinese. Yet it’s still not one of the United Nation’s official languages. Visitors to world landmarks from the Smithsonian in DC to the Louvre in Paris to the British Museum [...]

Why Narendra Modi will deliver his UN speech in Hindi

Eezham Tamils learning languages

3RD LEAD (Adds voice) [TamilNet, Tuesday, 16 September 2014, 13:38 GMT] Thanks to the sustained efforts of the Indian Consulate in Jaffna ‘interest in Hindi’ is sprouting among Jaffna Tamils, reports New Indian Express on Tuesday, citing ‘Hindi Diwas’ [Hindi Day] celebrated by the Consulate, 20 students completing a course and one of them telling that “There are now people who think it will be useful to know Hindi if they go to north India for studies or pilgrimage.” Eezham Tamils wish that the Chinese embassy would soon start teaching Mandarin Chinese and the other embassies would follow suit in teaching major European, Latin American, Arabic and other Asian languages, so that the nation of Eezham Tamils could have a wider interaction with the world and with their own kith and kin worldwide, commented Tamil activists for alternative politics in the island. “A passion for Hindi film music and [...]

Fun Easy Learn Releases Easy Hindi Learning Android App

Chisinau, Moldova — ( ReleaseWire ) — 09/05/2014 — The Indian language just got easier to learn with the help of an app designed by Fun Easy Learn. The app is all about giving a fun approach to learning Hindi, a language that the company claims can be daunting for a foreign national to master. The app has already garnered several positive reviews ever since it was made available at the Play store for free. The app developers encourage in need of the language to learn Hindi through their app. The company understands that many foreign nationals often face the need for speaking in Hindi when they arrive at the land of Gandhi. If not speaking the language fluently, there is at least a great need for understanding some of the common words in the language, believes the company. The company has purposefully designed the interface of the app [...]

On a linguistic back foot

When a countryman asks me where in India I am from, I say “Andhra Pradesh”, the southern Indian state. As soon as the words slip out of my mouth, I am addressed in the language of the state, which is Telugu. Seeing the bemused look on my face, the person stops short and I can see the question in his eyes. Why don’t I know the language, they ask. And then I start my spiel about my parents being from very different states and deciding to speak in English which was a common language. So, we grew up speaking English and we learnt Hindi in school. The last named was a by-product of having lived in the north for many years and it was our second language in school. Going home recently to deal with some paper work, which entailed interacting with officials in government offices, I realised that [...]

On a linguistic back foot

Hindi Learning App—Learn Hindi 6000 Words

Fun Easy Learn, a leading Android app development company, has launched an easy-to-use and interactive Android app that helps people from different countries learn Hindi. The app is available for free download at Google Playstore. Learning the Indian national language is now a matter of a few clicks, as the new app launched by Fun Easy Learn promises to be one of the most convenient ways of learning the language. While learning any foreign language can be a tough task, mastering the language that allegedly has the most varied alphabet set is definitely a hard nut to crack. The app by Fun Easy Learn is one way to try and learn Hindi . The app has received several positive reviews already. "The number of foreign nationals touring India is increasing almost every day. While a major part of the population understands the language, knowing Hindi is always a plus [...]

London-area school boards offering high school credit for language courses

(Free Press file photo) For London’s newcomer communities, it’s a way to keep up with the language and culture of their homeland. For keeners, it’s a way to learn a language that might come in handy on the job hunt — and get a high school credit. The London region’s two school boards offer nine different international language and culture courses, from Greek to Hindi, Polish and Chinese. The only catch? Good luck getting your teenager up early on a Saturday morning to go to class. If you can jump that minor hurdle, though, a world of languages awaits. “A lot of the students are recent immigrants by about 10 years. It gives those learners a chance to shine,” said Sheila Carson, the Thames Valley District school board’s co-ordinator of ESL and LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada). “I think it’s part of the value we put on [...]

London-area school boards offering high school credit for language courses

Do all languages derive from a single common ancestor?

The construction of the tower of Babel, 16th century, by an unknown Flemish artist. Photo / Getty Images The Tower of Babel story is a fanciful attempt to account for a very real question: What was the first language and why are there now so many of them? The video below from TED Ed shows a brief history of how languages evolve, as speakers of the same language lose contact with each other in the centuries after migration and gradually drift linguistically in different directions. What’s most interesting is not simply how we got multiple languages but rather how we determine, without the benefit of a time machine, which modern languages are related. To do this, historical linguists compare large numbers of words in different languages, looking for similarities that can’t be explained by other factors, such as onomatopoeia (the word for cat is something like "miao" in several [...]

Do all languages derive from a single common ancestor?

A Bilingual Brain is More Developed: Oui or No?

It has long been held that a bilingual brain is more developed. The grey matter in the brain controls sensory perception that includes language skills, memory, emotions, speech, and most importantly decision-making and self-control. These are better developed in bilingual individuals who have been exposed to a second language from early childhood. The question of bilingualism is more applicable to the United States and other western monolingual countries, where only one language is predominant. With burgeoning global culture and economy, and a growing multi-racial and ethnic population, the United States has to change its mono-lingual mindset and ensure that it does not miss out on the advantages of bilingualism. Asian countries, however, are from birth multilingual cultures. ( In many parts of India, children are exposed to at least three languages, mother tongue, Hindi as the national language, and English.) A human brain is bilingual even while in the [...]

A Bilingual Brain is More Developed: Oui or No?

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