For people who speak Hindi as a second language.
Learning a second language can be a very stressful and arduous task if you let it. Somehow, the words you learn in the books don’t seem to apply very well to real life situations. Those small and seemingly un-important elements that show a person to be in command of not only the language, but the culture of the people who speak it cannot be adequately expressed by words on paper.
So, how do you learn these little secrets of mastering the ability to articulate yourself in another language?
Here are 5 proven techniques that will help you improve your Hindi without even trying, if you are learning to speak Hindi as a second language. You’ll find it to be a fun, exciting, and painless way to learn both the language and the genuine accent, facial expressions, hand gestures, sighs, moans, groans, laughter, smirks, and other things that go along with everyday conversation.
1. Watch Movies!
Watching movies is always a fun thing to do. In order to get the most out of your movie watching experience, if your vocabulary is limited, watch a movie in Hindi that you are very familiar with in your own language so you always know what’s going on. Try not to translate as you go, because you lose blocks of conversation this way. Instead, watch the picture and listen. Hear all the words, but determine what’s going on by the pictures you see and the words you’re hearing that you already know. Believe it or not, other words will sink in too, and so will the accent and everything else that went with what you saw and heard.
As your vocabulary grows, expand your movie selections to other movies you’d like to see but are only available in Hindi. Try to be able to see the film more than once if possible.
According to the location and type of film you intend to view, you will be able to experience different accents, and other cultural expressions of the Hindi language. Pick and choose the things that you think will suit you best. If it doesn’t work out, pick and try something else! Have fun with yourself and your efforts.
2. Watch TV Soap Operas
The place where extreme expression and limited vocabulary meet! This is such a fascinating way to learn a foreign language. Every accessory that goes with the expression of a word is demonstrated on a soap opera. “Outrage” expressed with a word, facial expression or two, and perhaps even a subsequent face slap, all of that being understandable in any language. “Love”, another universal subject, or violence, good versus evil can all be discerned quickly and easily on a soap opera. Plus, soap operas are naturally designed to allow anyone just tuning in to pick up the story quickly. The characters are easily loveable and deliciously “hate-able” so you turn to it again and again to see what’s going on, and not only improve your Hindi each time, but reinforce what you’ve already learned.
3. Read the Comics/Funny Papers
Very non-stressful! Pictures with words, or words with pictures, however you want to look at it, it’s a great way to learn! For each thought presented there are words that match a picture, and vice versa. It doesn’t matter if you read comic books, or the comics in the newspaper, read whatever will make you laugh and cause you to enjoy learning at the same time.
4. Read Children’s books
If you know any little kids between the ages of 5-8, try reading one of their books to them. Usually little kids know their favorite books by heart, so if you stumble a little, they’ll be able to help you.
If you enjoy this method of improving your Hindi, and you find yourself to be pretty good at it, then try reading a few poems. The rhyming will challenge you, but once you master it, your pronunciation of Hindi, and your delivery will have been considerably refined and improved.
5. Learn these two sentences and you’ll be set for life . . . seriously!
“How do you say (blank)”, in Hindi , and “What is that called?” (Point if you have to, and smile too). Smiling is a universal language. Once you’ve learned how to ask these two questions, you’re on your way to being conversant in Hindi language.
You could use your limited vocabulary to ask the question and then when you get your answer you could repeat it a few times to make sure you’re saying it correctly, and you’ve a new vocabulary word. And, because you asked your question to the best of your ability in the native tongue, the natives would realize your sincere desire to learn, and help you!
What happens if you make a mistake?
Nothing. The world won‘t come to an end, and you haven’t embarrassed yourself to the point where you can’t show your face again. Just apologize if that’s what’s called for, or laugh at yourself, make the correction, and count it as a learning experience.