Learn Hindi in One Week – Day 4 – Hump Day

Learn Hindi in One Week

Learn Hindi in One Week

Well, this marks the half way point of the challenge to learn Hindi in one week.

Day 4 – Hump Day

I’m incredibly deflated from yesterday, as my head was swimming through a thick fog all day… and everyone knows that you don’t swim through fog. After having a unproductive day with Raju (my bad, not his), I came home and didn’t get anything done either, watched a bit of Star Wars if I’m to be completely honest. However, I had German subtitles on it for half the movie and Portuguese for the other half, and they say that learning any language is supposed to make other languages easier. So I guess you could say that I was taking an abstract method to my Hindi learning… or you could just say that I was being lazy, sidetracked and not taking this challenge seriously. Either one is true “from a certain point of view” as Obi-Wan would say. Enough of the living in the clouds digressions, back to the task at hand.

Today it started to rain. I’m sure I could’ve taken this in a negative light, but why? It cleared out the air really well, emptied the streets, and rejuvenated my spirits. Honestly, even though I had to skip my fruity breakfast on account of the vendor not being in the street, I was feeling great as I pulled into Raju’s place.

“Oh my god, are you crazy?!” Were literally his first words to me this morning, before I even opened the door. Apparently the rain made him think that I would call the day off… not so Raju, not so.

We started going over some stuff that I ‘learned’ yesterday and we both discovered that my ‘computer’ wasn’t fully functioning during the lessons yesterday… no surprise there!

Much of the conversation has switched over to Hindi today. There’re very few feelings that top sitting in a classroom, studying/talking with a friend and watching the deluge come down outside. As the rain comes pouring down, things are looking up. I was hoping to head down to the ATM as well as buy my ticket to Nepal today, but the rain is making me think that tomorrow will be a better idea.

At the end of the two hours, I’m starving, but really feeling in the groove. Upon my request Raju calls his next student to ask if he’ll be coming despite the rain. When Alex cancels, and Raju offers me a very simple meal (on account of the market not being open), I accept and we do another hour.

Now, I may not’ve been firing on all cylinders for the last couple of days, but this is my sort of thing right here! 3 hours, non-stop, little English, watching the rain come down outside… I’m alive right now and feeling great. We’re making some killer progress and a lot of the words seem to flow of my tongue without too much thought.

I’m still struggling with a couple of funny little conjugations, but all in all, feeling very good about where I am. Without a doubt, I won’t be completely fluent or know the whole language at the end of the week, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be speaking well, and confident enough to enter into more complicated conversations with strangers on the street.

Go, Raju, go!

I have realized one HUGE problem, I seem to have not known the date when I started. What I thought would be 7 days of full classes is actually only going to be 6 as I need to be on a train/bus in three days and it sounds like the buses leave in the morning. But for now, things are going quite well.

I’ve started speaking much more Hindi with the guys in my hostel, some with the people on the streets, and probably 80% of the conversation with Raju is in Hindi… awesome! Time to gear up, buckle down and kick this into high gear!

Take a look in the rear view mirror:

The Challenge
Day 1 – The Battles Begin
Day 2 – Building Momentum
Day 3 – Feeling the Effects

Or keep on keeping on and dig deep with me into:

Day 5 – Pushing All-In
Day 6 – Fires Are Burning
Day 7 – The Finale

9 thoughts on “Learn Hindi in One Week – Day 4 – Hump Day

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  7. girjaa

    jj!! you are awesome, and very inspiring. Who else actually becomes ‘fluent enough’ in Hindi in 4 days? sees the bright side of the rain? steps up by naming the challenge and ‘going public’ (thanks for sharing the Star Wars bit…) then dives in, riding the waves, feeling the effects, and thriving in Hump Day.
    Thanks for your response to my other post… is sanskrit that different from Hindi?
    Looking forward to hearing about your energy and thoughts as this challenge comes to an end…for now.

    • Jonny Jenkins Post author

      I’m sure I don’t deserve all the praise, but thank you… I think it’s more about opportunistic and potentially over zealous at times.

      I have done literally NO research on my own regarding the difference between Sanskrit and Hindi. However, I have had some people out here tell me that with one you can understand the other. I haven’t had the opportunity (or rather the drive, as sourcing a lack of opportunity is just the ‘too busy’ argument) to verify those claims just yet, but my quite ignorant assumption is that it’s similar to the relationship between Latin and any of it’s offspring (Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, Romanian).

      I really appreciate your active following of my blog and will most certainly do my best to respond to all comments 🙂

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