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About Meera

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    Language Enthusiast
  • Birthday 04/13/1990


  • Currently studying
    Hindi/Urdu, Japanese, Arabic, Bengali
  • Native tongue
  1. Learn Arabic through movies and TV shows

    That's true most movies and dramas are in Egyptian. Although recently many Turkish dramas are dubbed in Syrian. There are many movies in all different dialects though. Some good Lebanese movies are "West Beirut" "Caramel" and "Where do we go from here?" In Saudi Arabic, there is a movie called Wadjda which is very good. The Syrian Bride, Paradise Now, The Lemon Tree are all in Palestinian Arabic but I think are also in Hebrew.
  2. Arabic Dialect Links

    That's a really hard question to answer because it seems to me all Arabs will say their dialect is the closest to MSA. In my opinion I think the easiest is Levantine but especially Syrian. I'm not sure why but I find it to have the most words common with MSA. I think Egyptian, Moroccan, and Iraqi are pretty different. Of course many people also say the Saudi and Gulf dialects are the most similar too. Of course you have to go with which one interests you the most or what country you will be dealing with the most. If you don't have a particular interest in any country I'd say to go for Egyptian or Levantine because they are the most widely known.
  3. Namaste Is Vanishing

    Yeah all of my yoga classes begin and end with Namaste haha. You also find it on bags, signs, wall hangings and other things in yoga and new age stores lol
  4. Why did you choose Hindi?

    I'm glad you started to learn Hindi. It really is a such an awarding language to learn. :millionaire:
  5. Bollywood Movies

    Yeah I agree with SpringBreeze youtube has a lot of Bollywood films with English subs! Just about every Bollywood song is on youtube too!
  6. Turkish

    Merhaba! Nasılsınız? My Turkish is kind of bad lol
  7. Lack of material available for learning Hindi

    Hey Brian, I think the Routledge Essential Hindi grammar is pretty considering there isn't much else. I've heard good things about the McGregor grammar too but I personally haven't used it. Usha Jain's grammar too is supposedly very good also. The best book I think for learning Hindi is the Teach Yourself. I know the Teach Yourself series has a bad reputation but the one for Hindi is among the best I've used. Most of other books for Hindi don't go into as much depth. But to be honest it's quite hard to find good resources for Hindi/Urdu.
  8. GCSE Hindi

    Yes it is available in Hindi.
  9. Hey AN89JX, you asked a good question but I guess it depends what your idea of fluency is and how much you put into the course. If you define fluency as being able to get around a Spanish speaking country, than yes I think two beginner classes would be enough. But if you want to read literature, watch things without subtitles and understand everything being said to you, I would say no. It also depends how long the courses are and how intense they are. Every language course is different so you never know. While taking the class if you want to be fluent, I'd study very hard and immerse yourself in Spanish culture as much as you can
  10. Great link megshoe! Arigato Gozaimasu.
  11. Days

    This is an awesome thread Kandikkal! Days are super important to know!
  12. Bollywood Movies

    I have most of these films with English subs. Unless it is bootlegged most DVDs have english sub option
  13. Bollywood Movies

    Aishwarya does speak Hindi, but I believe her native tounge is Tulu. I think she speaks many languages though, I have heard her say she speaks Tamil and Kannada also. Also Im not sure if you know but Devdas was inspired by a Bengali novel. I agree it's a great movie!
  14. Hello I am using it right now and I like it a lot!