Top 5 Mistakes Made By Hindi Beginners
It is common to make mistakes while learning a new language. However, as a beginner, it can prove to be useful to know the pitfalls beforehand. Here are the five most common mistakes to avoid during your journey to learn Hindi.
1. Being Unclear About Your Priorities
Before delving yourself into the learning process, make sure that you have your priorities straighten out. Base on your reason to learn Hindi decide your ultimate goal, which is if you want to learn Hindi to speak, read, write, or all of them.
There are many reasons to learn a particular language - for business, travel, interacting with colleagues, shifting to a new city, etc. Whatever your reason may be, you simply need to be clear about what they are and what corresponding aspects of language learning (speaking, reading, writing, or all of them) need to be emphasized to achieve that goal.
2. Not Paying Attention To Gender
The gender rule should be given the utmost attention while learning Hindi. All nouns, objects, places, and people, have a gender - masculine or feminine. Make sure to use the correct gender as the gender of Hindi nouns is vital for proper grammar and communication.
Protip: Words that end with the vowel आ (aa) are usually masculine and words that end with the vowel ई (ee) are usually feminine. Apply this rule to determine the gender for a noun.
However, keep in mind there are many exceptions to this rule. Learn the gender of all nouns by memorizing them and practice using them in Hindi phrases and sentences.
3. Learning Unnecessary Words and Phrases In The Beginning
While learning a new language, focus on vocabulary that is relevant to you. For example, if you are learning the language for business, don’t waste time learning types of food, which you should otherwise do if you are planning to shift to that city.
Protip: Learn a few greeting sentences such as hello, how are you, goodbye, etc. in Hindi before starting the learning course so that you will already know some basic words, and it will make the grasping process quicker.
4. First Language Interference
First Language Interference occurs when rules from your native language affect your second language. Positive interference is when rules from your first language line up correctly with the rules of your second language, which can help make the learning process faster.
Negative interference is when the rules from your first language don’t apply to the language you are learning. This interference can be seen when speak and write. They can affect your correct sentence structure formation, grammatical gender, and tenses.
Bonus Tip: Google Translate is a good source to help you with your pronunciation but not translation. Avoid Google Translate unless translating single words or phrases, as it does not use the correct grammar.
5. Afraid Of Making Mistakes
Lastly, don’t be conscious of how you speak, sound, or making errors. You’re bound to make mistakes and so does everyone while learning something new. Aim for progress, not perfection at your initial learning stage. And don’t forget to have fun in the process!
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