Polyglot and native english speaker says hindi was an easy language to learn, tamil a difficult language

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Polyglot and native english speaker says hindi was an easy language to learn, tamil a difficult language

Post by Rashmun on Wed May 24, 2017 10:52 pm

does this explain (partly) why tamils are, in general, more proficient in hindi than hindi speakers are in tamil?

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I am a native English speaker who has learned—but certainly not mastered—both Hindi and Tamil. I know of other foreigners who speak Hindi, and others who speak Tamil, but I've hardly met one who speaks both....

Let's get this one out of the way first. It will be much, much easier to learn Hindi. By far. I have studied French, Italian, Spanish, Bahasa Indonesia, Japanese, Chinese (I'm not fluent in them all, not at all. I am a dabbler) and I grew up speaking Hebrew.

Tamil is a different ballgame. It took me a long, long time until my ears developed the capacity to apprehend and distinguish the phonetics of the language. With Hindi, even though I didn't understand a word when I started learning it, I could clearly hear the different sounds being articulated, and I could make out when one word ends and another begins, unlike Tamil, which sounded like a garbled yet melodic stream....

To me, Hindi sounds poetic and precise, and Tamil, serpentine and lunar.


https://www.quora.com/Should-I-Learn-Tamil-or-Hindi/answer/Ben-A-Wise

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Re: Polyglot and native english speaker says hindi was an easy language to learn, tamil a difficult language

Post by Kayalvizhi on Wed May 24, 2017 11:02 pm

<< does this explain (partly) why tamils are, in general, more proficient in hindi than hindi speakers are in tamil? >.

No. Hindi fellas think South Asia belong to them.

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Re: Polyglot and native english speaker says hindi was an easy language to learn, tamil a difficult language

Post by Rashmun on Wed May 24, 2017 11:39 pm

Kayalvizhi wrote:<< does this explain (partly) why tamils are, in general, more proficient in hindi than hindi speakers are in tamil? >.

No. Hindi fellas think South Asia belong to them.

Hindi has many distinct dialects like Awadhi, Braja, Bhojpuri, Maithilee, Rajasthani, Chattisgarhi, etc. Who among these people dares to think that the whole of South Asia is theirs?

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