Dreaming in Hindi: Coming Awake in Another Language

Dreaming in Hindi: Coming Awake in Another Language

by Katherine Russell Rich
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Dreaming in Hindi: Coming Awake in Another Language 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Basil More than 1 year ago
"Dreaming in Hindi" offers the perils of learning a second language, as told by the intrepid student linguist Katherine Russell Rich. "This book, the way I'd conceived it before I left [for India], was going to be solely about the near mystical and transformative powers of language: the way that words, with only the tensile strength of breath, can tug you out of one world and land you in the center of another." Then, with this ambitious manifesto nailed down, Rich casually admits that she basically lacks foreign language skills. "I simply love the process...Me, when I travel, I just want to speak. I've always been fascinated by language in any form, the more unintelligible, the better." Well, she couldn't have picked a better subject than Hindi, the great--formidably great--language of India. Is it hard? Betcha. In New York, Rich took preparatory lessons from a "moonlighting" Columbia professor, Ms. Susham Bedi, "and the language was making my head smolder. One misplaced m, and you were no longer saying "weather" but "husband of maternal aunt." You had to learn to think in sentences whose verbs went at the end, which had the effect of producing vertigo: "to the house the mother the child is taking." Pronunciation was another horror. And writing the sentence was, well: "I couldn't write it. The beautiful letters, like stick trees that had bumped into a ceiling or a revue of performing snakes, came out like cows' heads in my hands. I was frustrated and fascinated." The learning process created psychological effects. "At night I dream in Hindi I can't understand. The language has to stay fixed, or I'll lose the nuance: Aap, not ap...I know it when they say it, then two days later, it's gone. My English sometimes now feels spotty, as if, in preserving the new words as long as possible, my brain keeps the old ones tamped down." This is a colorful, witty, eloquent, moving read by a persevering author who has a remarkable story to tell--about the words we speak.
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I was excited to read this book but it was so slow moving I did not even finish it.
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