As you are probably aware… I’ve made a commitment to try and learn more Nepali this year than I have previously been able to do. I have finally reached that point of “wow, this is embarrassing, I really want to be able to speak.”
I’ve discussed my language learning frustrations in “Learning Nepali” and “Nepali Bhasha State of Mind” and have also made a psedo-pact with Gori Girl about learning language. She has started a forum thread on her blog dedicated to learning Hindi (and language learning in general) to help keep her on track. As noted in “Nepali Bhasha State of Mind” I wanted to make a tab on my blog to help hold myself accountable.
I’ll keep track of my language learning strategies and self report what I am doing each week to move forward with my goal. Feel free to encourage or chastise based on my progress or lack there of, also if you know of language resources, or have any feedback, feel free to leave comments below!
In the beginning…
I feel like I have gone over the basics, “Chapter 1” in my “Teach Yourself Nepali” book, dozens of times. Trying to remember the differences between when to use “हो” and when to use “छ” (why does Nepali have to have two ways of saying “is”/”are”?!) and the ever present “Namaste… mero nam C ho. Kasto cha? Malai sanchai cha.”
I was really making some progress with the class I was taking in Nepal, but the timings were so erratic, and it was exhausting trying to speak and understand people in Nepali when I knew I had so little time there, and such a short window to get to know people.
But anyway… its’s a start. Between reading over the “Teach Yourself” book, and meeting with AS to keep my mind focused an hour or two a week on speaking and concentrating on the language, I might actually get somewhere this time.