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TwinCities Bollywood Fans Message Board › New Meetup: Hindi Boliye! - Back by popular demand

New Meetup: Hindi Boliye! - Back by popular demand

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Minneapolis, MN
Announcing a new Meetup for Indian Social / Bollywood Fans!

What: Hindi Boliye! - Back by popular demand

When: Sunday, January 23, 2011 2:00 PM

Where: The Purple Onion Café
1301 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Repeating this same first lesson, we had a great lesson today and everyone wants to try to meet up again for round 2. Since Valentine's Day is around the corner and Professor Yogesh had in his first lesson... "Mujhey aapkee bahut yaad ayee." (translation: I miss you so much.) I think we will need phrases like... "Do you have a girlfriend/boyfriend?" or... "I love you." or... "That's my baby's daddy!"

Whatever it is... We all had fun and let's do it again. Great way to practice saying words and phrases. Again...

Let's get together and learn some conversational Hindi!
Please bring questions and tools if you have any to learn a language regardless if we use it or not.

Thanks in advance to Yogesh for volunteering and anyone else who is attending to help!

Language requires a lot of practice and dilligence so I hope we can continue this regularly!

Hindi (हिन्दी­)
Hindi is an Indo-Aryan language with about 487 million speakers. It is one of the official languages of India and is the main language used in the northern states of Rajasthan, Delhi, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand and Bihar, and is spoken in much of north and central India alongside other languages such as Punjabi, Gujarati, Marathi or Bengali. In other parts of India, as well as in Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan, Hindi is understood. In Fiji people of Indian origin speak Hindi, and in some areas the Fijian people also speak it.
Hindi is closely related to Urdu, the main language of Pakistan, which is written with the Arabic script, and linguists consider Standard Hindi and Standard Urdu to be different formal registers both derived from the Khari Boli dialect, which is also known as Hindustani. Apart from the difference in writing systems, the other main difference between Hindi and Urdu is that Hindi contains more vocabulary from Sanskrit, while Urdu contains more vocabulary from Persian. At an informal spoken level there are few significant differences between Urdu and Hindi and they could be considered varieties a single language.
Hindi first started to be used in writing during the 4th century AD. It was originally written with the Brahmi script but since the 11th century AD it has been written with the Devanāgarī alphabet. The first printed book in Hindi was John Gilchrist's Grammar of the Hindoostanee Language which was published in 1796.

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