Missing The Joke

Missing The Joke

Missing The Joke

I love going out with DN and his friends. Actually, when it’s just me, DN and Via, there’s a good chance things will go well and the night will be full of laughter and adventure. However in some circumstances, and with other friends, the conversation is predominantly Hindi, which leaves me out of the loop. When conversations are carried away in Hindi, I tend to space out and find ways to entertain myself. There’s always a certain point in the night when people turn to me and say, “Talk. You’re not talking.” or “Do Americans ever laugh?” or “Why aren’t you saying anything?”
To which I always have to respond: “You know I can’t understand 90% of what you are saying, right?”

One person recently replied to my response with: “But… ‘My Hindi Heart’ ..?”

Sigh
Yes, My Hindi Heart. A love of the Hindi language. The name doesn’t imply I’m a master, just that I’m learning.

I know a few words in Hindi, I can read Hindi at a very basic level. I can speak a little, though I understand more than I speak… Yet I still don’t know enough to keep up, let alone respond. I can tell you my name, ask your name and other basic questions. I’m still learning.

I don’t want my friends to keep the conversation going in English for me, but I’d love to be able to understand what is going on. It’s frustrating at times, and also encouraging.

You can bet I’ll be studying Hindi more, in my free time!

 

6 Comments

  • Deb H

    Love that you do not let this discourage you. You are in the best area to learn, as you are immersed in the language. Practice more when it is just DN and you will have it down in no time.

  • aobeamber

    “Do Americans ever laugh?”
    Someone was pulling your legs 😛

    • Rani

      Of course, lol

  • Cindy

    Americans laugh and laugh and laugh…. we have even been known to engage in a laugh-a-thon from time to time. ♡ And if I know you, you’ll have the language figured out soon enough – don’t worry about it. This has been a huge move with adjustments and then you went through spurts of not feeling well (and now we know why). Take your time, you have a full life of it. ♡

    • Rani

      Yess 😀

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