Posts Tagged ‘second language’

My dog knows Urdu

November 5, 2010

Imran and I have decided to walk after he gets home from work. this is partly because I need to walk and want him to walk with me. I want to be more healthy. and, part of this stems from the fact that he would like to see if he can run or walk the mini marathon in March. It is a new experience for him and I need as much exercise as I can get.
Besides, we talk while we walk.
I am usually in front with Fallbrook and he follows behind with his cane.

So, today, we were walking. Now, on these walks, I am picking up more Urdu.
“chalo Niklo.”
and our most recent favorite,
“chalo bhago!”
After some training, my dog, Fallbrook, now knows this phrase and when I say it, he speeds up.
So, not only am I learning Urdu, but my dog knows Urdu, also.
this is big points for Fallbrook in Imran’s book.
Especially after last night when we passed at least twenty snarling growling dogs. they all were on leashes and behind fences, but that didn’t make them less frightening. But, they sounded close and Imran announced after walking:
“I hate dogs!”
So, tonight was much better.
Hopefully we will be
“chalo bhago – ing” for quite some time.
I like starting new habits!


“Kiya Tum Mujhay madad karo gay?” Can you help me?

February 8, 2010

Ok, I just can’t pronounce those Urdu words. I am trying. At first, I tried with the alphabet. But, the sequence of letters were even different. I decided to concentrate on conversation.
I can’t do that pictionary thing. And, braille Urdu is not widely known, so learning an alphabet might be mostly a waste. But, I am up in the air about that one.
So, for the time being, I am learning phrases.
such as:
“Aap kaysay ho?”
“Main theek hoon.”
“Main nay aap ko takleef dee?”
“Did I offend you?”
“Tumhara din kaysa raha?”
“How was your day?”
body parts, adjectives, greetings, common phrases, etc.
I am trying that livemocha program, but it requires sight to drag and drop, as well as recognize the picture and match it to the word.
So, this sight has limited capability.
I do help others with their English, however.
LiveMocha is a free language exchange site.
Look me up, if you want.
Those who know Urdu can check out my flashcard sets and suggest others to add.
This is one of the only parts that is accessible.
I can make flashcards and then be quizzed on them.
There are also writing suggestions and I try to write a paragraph about something.
I am horrible at it. But, I do try.
I end up correcting many people’s english.
Somehow, I can’t find the button to either view or add audio. So, I only correct the written submissions.

When I get moved, I will go to our Indian Center on 56th and … … something, and post a flyer asking for assistance. I don’t know if this will yield anything, but I am willing to give it a try.