Learning Hindi

What do sugar cane, a camel and a mango have in common? I can identify them in Hindi! I can even write their first letter in Hindi!!

After being three weeks in India and literally not knowing more Hindi words than “nameste”, “theek hai” (okay) and “shukriya” (thank you) it was definitely about time to get some lessons. My Indian colleague remembered that a friend had told her about an ambitious, german-speaking girl that was looking for a job. They passed the number – and so I met Lakshita.

Page of my new book – with some tamarind lying upon it.

On thursday I had my first lesson, today followed the second. We are starting with the basic writing of the squiggly letters. Consequently we use a book that was made for first graders. So on every page there’s a huge drawing with the initial letter of the fruit, the animal, the body part, the household article… When I didn’t know what a tamarind was, Lakshita brought me some today. Funny taste!

Because Lakshita is coming an hour-long way into the city, I don’t want her make to come over to my place. So we meet in the horrible McDonald’s of the metro station at Kashmere Gate. I hope we are going to change this soon. But today it turned out to be fine: When we finished the lesson, we went together to some booths and bought a modern, yet indian-style top, matching trousers, traditional shoes, a necklace, earrings and bracelets. We even had some south-indian food at one of the food stalls and saw the rehersal of a dance-theater.


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