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Written By: daveski on March 14, 2009 No Comment

Here’s a guest post from Maya Smith in the beginning stages of her voyages across the globe. She’s in India now and as I’ve been pestering her to write about it for FIT she posted this to her blog “Big Bang 2009” and let me cross-post here…amazing stories from a fluent speaker of […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on March 9, 2009 1 Comment

An article by Neelabh Mishra entitled “An Awadhi Lilt For Obama: Let’s realise that language bridges make for creative cohesion,” appearing in this fortnight’s issue of Outlook, an Indian news magazine, caught my attention today. The title was immediately interesting to me: I was curious about how Awadhi (अवधी), a dialect of Hindi […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on March 7, 2009 38 Comments

A recent post on Lexiblog has a list of the top ten languages hardest to learn, according to “language enthusiasts”:

1. Icelandic
2. Russian or Mandarin
3. Arabic
4. Mandarin
5. Hungarian
6. English
7. Hindi
8. Cantonese
9. Chinese
10. Tamil

What are some of the hardest languages YOU have acquired? What made them hard?

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on February 26, 2009 2 Comments

One of the most fascinating aspects of my ethnographic work in a orphanage in a Hindu ashram in a satellite town of New Delhi, India, is the multilingual setting. The kids, to recap quickly, are first language Bengali speakers, second language Hindi speakers, attend an English medium school, and take part in mandatory 4 hour […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on February 22, 2009 10 Comments

ए. आर. रहमान को बहुत बहुत बधाई हो. उनकी वजह से आज बहुत लोगों की ज़बान पर हिन्दी है.

जय हो!

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on February 21, 2009 2 Comments

This past Thursday, I attended Language Matters: Strengthening Asian and Pacific Islander Language Education at Berkeley. The stated aim of the event, according to the program brochure, was “to promote the creation of majors and minors for marginalized API languages like Korean, Tagalog, Thai, Tamil, Vietnamese, Khmer, etc, and to promote labor equity for […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on February 16, 2009 3 Comments

The last thing I wanted to do on a cold, rainy, windy night was to venture out for a late-night movie experience. But a Brazilian friend’s rather last minute invitation to watch the critically acclaimed movie “Slumdog Millionaire” was too compelling. As we rushed over to Emeryville for the last show of the night, I […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on February 4, 2009 5 Comments

After being gently prodded to do a “post” on this, rather than simply offer an “aside,” I thought I’d write up “25 Language-Related Random Things” about me, inspired by the Facebook phenomenon taking the Internet by storm.

1. Sometimes when I am writing quickly in Bengali, I use Hindi letters.
2. When I was […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on January 26, 2009 2 Comments

The Mudra Institute of Communications in Ahmedabad (MICA) recently organized a popular conference on the phenomenon known as Hinglish. According to conference organizer Rita Kotharu, “Hinglish has been around for some time now, but it tends to be dismissed as the preserve of those who know neither English nor Hindi well. It now […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on January 22, 2009 1 Comment

Apparently, in Corsican they have a saying: “Mariteddu Tamant’e Un Ditu Ieddu Voli Essa Rivaritu“: literally, “a husband must be respected even if he is very short.”

Heh.

On my jetlag-fuelled morning Interneting, I excavated a fascinating article on Digg called “Weird and wonderful foreign phrases…that just don’t translate” from the UK Mirror. […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on January 16, 2009 3 Comments

I am immersed inexorably in the pulsating drumbeat of receding time…the throbbing hours close in on me. It is time, my precious, it is time

These last few excruciating hours, I want to plunge into your soul….I want to taste you, touch you, breathe you in, feel your ebb and flow in all my senses…I […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on January 7, 2009 2 Comments
The English Speaking Curse

Soiled burlap sacks and old, foot worn carpets coat the dark cement floor. Tear-shaped mildew patches stain most of the wallspace, and the paint is peeling, crumbly to the touch. There is a hastily constructed altar housing a few Hindu idols on one end of the room, and a Bisleri mineral water bottle stands oddly […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on January 3, 2009 2 Comments
“Lost in Transliteration?”

Linguists claim that text messaging could save endangered languages from slipping into oblivion, according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal. Michael Cahill, a SIL linguistics coordinator, noted that “texting is helping to preserve languages” since the young are motivated to text in their native languages. The predictive text capability, “which […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on January 2, 2009 4 Comments
“Happy New Year 2009”

Happy new year, Didi!” the monkey-cap wearing kids yelled out as I stepped into the children’s study room in the basement of an orphanage. As I smiled at them, I felt the cold cement through the sheer nylon of my stockinged feet. The temperature in the room was little warmer than the 4°C outside, and […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on December 27, 2008 5 Comments

The Hubli Unusual Abuse competition takes place today on the hallowed grounds of the Dakshina Vaishnodevi Temple in Karnataka, a southern Indian state. The participants will “hurl abuses” (in English, Hindi, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and other Indian languages), and winners will be awarded flower garlands. There are some guidelines for […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on December 12, 2008 2 Comments

Ajit Balakrishnan, the CEO of Indian’s fifth largest web portal, Rediff.com, argued recently that data collected over the last decade suggests no evidence that Indian Internet users “want Indian languages.” He went on to state that “practically all of the 300 million young people who aspire to something in this country aspire […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on December 8, 2008 2 Comments
Signs from Around the World!

A really amazing Flickrite, Tony Bowden, has compiled a massive gallery of signs from around the world. Check it out here. [Hat tip: Chris Bodenner.] Looking at the signs he has collected, I was reminded of a very interesting sign I took a picture of, at a park in New Delhi, India, […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on December 6, 2008 No Comment

पानी हूँ या मैं आग हूँ, यह पास आ के देख।
क्या है मेरा मिजाज, यह मुझमें समा के देख।

Water, or am I fire, come near and see…
To know me, surrender to me, and see
…”

-seduces Karsh Kale (in Hindi) in Youki‘s masterpiece.

Surrender is inevitable.

And so, in the language of […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on November 28, 2008 5 Comments

Thick black smoke is curling out of the ornate windows of the Taj Hotel in Mumbai, and the sound of intermittent gunfire is punctuating the speech of the cowering CNN-IBN reporter. Stray dogs are barking continuously in the background, struggling to be heard over the gunfire and the explosions. There is yelling, there […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on November 14, 2008 No Comment
The L-Word

What’s your favorite word in another language? Why?” asks a prompt on this site. English being an “another language” for me, here’s my favorite word: “Love.” My linguistic history with the word has been a long one, probably going back two and a half decades, though I did not ever utter it to another person […]

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