Nine years ago, I began my journey into Indian culture. The biggest obstacle to breaking into the culture is language. Hubby’s family speaks Punjabi at home but use Hindi when out and about. I knew that learning the language was the biggest way I could show my new family how much I love them.
Well, it’s been nine years and I can easily say that, for me, learning an Indian language is the most exciting and most difficult thing I have ever attempted.
I started out learning Punjabi, the family language. However resources for studying Punjabi are sparse and really dull. I’ve picked up a good amount and on our annual visits I’m able to pick up a few things here and there. Yet, I’m still solidly on the “outside”.
During last year’s trip I decided to switch to Hindi. On a particularly hot Bombay day I was staying inside and browsing the online catalog of my local library, searching for Punjabi resources without much luck. Just for fun, I checked what they had for Hindi and was amazed by how much more was available. They had a great language program called Pimsleur, which I found out is ranked as one of the top language programs. So I decided I’d get farther with Hindi. Hubby thought it was a great idea and with Punjabi and Hindi being so similar, I’d pick up Punjabi quickly with a foundation of Hindi…plus I could use my Hindi on the lady at my local Indian grocery store.
So, after nine years and much struggle, I’m finally having success with Hindi. I’m making these fun videos to share and celebrate the small successes I’m having as I progress. I hope you enjoy watching them as much as I enjoy making them.
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