Namaste Dosti - The Learn Hindi Podcast
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||Namaste Dosti - Lesson 11||Hi Friends, Hard to believe, but we finished lesson 11! Yes, we are still alive. Not sure if we will continue to do podcasts, as there are so many good resources out there with native speakers. However I'm planning to add more transcripts for the existing||3/23/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Namaste Dosti - Lesson 10||Dear friends, here is our 10th lesson. We are having a dialog about a Hindi book and another one about Santosh's new baby. (Congrats Santosh!) After that a little grammar - Conditional sentences. Our movie song is "Tujhe Dekha To" from the movie "Dilwale||6/16/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||Namaste Dosti - Lesson 9||Namaste Dosti! Lesson 9 has been finally finished. We are talking about hobbies and sports and the Holi Festival. Our Bollywood song is "Chand Sifarish" from the movie "Fanaa". Enjoy! Link to the podcast. Here is the full transcript for this episode! - No||4/27/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||Namaste Dosti - Lesson 8||Namaste Dosti, we finally finished lesson 8. Sorry about the long wait. Does it count as excuse that I just broke my arm? So typing and editing is taking a bit longer. Anyway, in this podcast we talk about good resolutions and time units. We have a dialog||2/19/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||Namaste Dosti - Lesson 7||Hard to believe, but we finished lesson 7! To our defense for the long wait, the podcast is pretty long and packed with new stuff. We are talking about going to the Garba, we are learning vocabulary about time and new numbers and we have a dialog about a||12/30/2007||Free||View In iTunes|
||Namaste Dosti - Lesson 6||Hello friends, Yes, lesson 6 is finally finished!!! I hope you enjoy it. We are talking about Meena's vacation and you will learn how to shop for fruits. Our Bollywood song is from the movie "Lage Raho Muna Bhai". Here is the full translation of the song:||10/13/2007||Free||View In iTunes|
||Namaste Dosti - Lesson 5||Namaste Dosti - Welcome to Lesson 5. Sorry it took a bit longer this time. Meena was on vacation, so Santosh helped us out this time. Our song this time is the title song of the movie 'Kal ho naa ho'. We hope you enjoy this episode! Link to the podcast.||8/26/2007||Free||View In iTunes|
||Namaste Dosti - Lesson 4||Namaste Dosti - Welcome to our 4th podcast! The main topic of this lesson is health. We are also doing a recap of the vocabulary we have learned so far. And finally, our Bollywood song of the lesson is "Ek Ladki" from the movie "1942 - A Love Story". Enjo||8/4/2007||Free||View In iTunes|
||Namaste Dosti - Lesson 3||We finally finished lesson 3! This lesson is a bit heavy on grammar. We have a dialog with new vocabulary. Our Bollywood song for this lesson is "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai". We are working on the scripts too, so check back on our website in a few days. Enjoy! Li||7/24/2007||Free||View In iTunes|
||Namaste Dosti - Lesson 2||We are happy to announce that lesson 2 has been finished! This one is slightly longer than the first one. Here is an overview over the content: There is a dialog and new words about where you are from (Are you punjabi?) We have another short dialog with n||7/8/2007||Free||View In iTunes|
||Welcome to the Learn Hindi Podcast! - Lesson 1||Welcome friends to Namaste Dosti, the Learn Hindi Podcast. I have been looking around for a good Hindi podcast and could not find one - so I decided to create my own. With the help of my Hindi speaking friends, we will try to provide an interesting and ef||6/18/2007||Free||View In iTunes|
Very poor pronunciation and usage
I am a Hindi speaking native of India. From listening to the teacher Meena's accent both in English and Hindi, it seems very probable that she is from Southern India. Hindi is not spoken as a mother-tongue in Southern India. Due to the influence of her own mother-tongue, her Hindi pronunciation is faulty. She is unable to make certain sounds that are required to speak Hindi properly. There are other problems in basic usage... for example, Namaste Dosti does not mean "Hello Friends" as explained in the 2nd podcast. It means "Hello Friendship". If you wanted to say Hello Friends, you would say Namaste Dosto(n) -- the (n) is nasal. Too many deficiencies to really give any credit to the creators of this podcast.
Bad beyond words
I thought that a podcast teaching a language will always be a good idea till I heard this. I come from the hindi speaking region of India with language scholars in my family and I am a native speaker. The podcast makes very elementary mistakes with verbs and tenses (compare the mistakes to this incorrect sentence in english: "I had having a party tomorrow") . The pronounciation is funny and very difficult to understand and it is very clear that they are neither the native speakers, nor have they learnt the language professionally. Anyone who learnt the language would not make these mistakes. I am subscribed to three language podcasts where I am learning the words and constructs. I do not wish anyone learns hindi through this podcast. A complete waste of time.
I am currently taking a Hindi Language Class at Berlitz and doing the Rosetta Stone program at home and I still think this is the best Hindi Learning resource out there. Many things have been made much clearer and easier to remember with this wonderful series of Podcasts. Thank you so much! Shukriya