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Old 08-05-2005, 08:21 AM   #21
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I'm not Indian and don't have any blood ties in my family. But my father was/is very involved in Hindi spirituality--he actually has lived over there for the past five years.

So yea, I've got a Hindi middle name as a result.
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Old 08-06-2005, 06:35 PM   #22
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I guess there's no one else of Indian origin here or nobody knows what I'm talking about.

Oh well.
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Haha....you bumped this thread to tell everyone that no one knows what you're talking about.
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well... of course I hoped this would get the attention of other indians!



D'oh!, where the hell are you?

edit: of course I mean the person who posts with the screen name, D'oh! who I believe is from India.
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Old 08-06-2005, 06:49 PM   #25
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hmmI have a few Indian friends, but none of them have W's in their names. I'll consult them on the matter when I start school a week from monday.

high school!

high school!
high school

high school

high school

high school



I'm a bit concerned I miss high school lol!

I left two months ago and know, its all gone, strange.

I just never want to grow up




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But I need them to get in there
Its all so confusing



Sorry for going off-topic

It is a bit strange the way words are spelt with a "w" when they should be spelt with a "v"


Luckily I took French in High School....

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My Indian art history professor was from Norway, and my Sanskirt professor was Australian.

I have no idea how to pronounce many of the Indian words I had to learn.
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So do the Hindi words incorrectly spelled with "w" make "w" sounds or "v" sounds like English would pronounce it?

I hope my question makes sense...lol.

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AcrobatSteve is Indian too.

There are many people from India here in Perth but I'm not one of them.
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Old 08-06-2005, 10:35 PM   #29
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So do the Hindi words incorrectly spelled with "w" make "w" sounds or "v" sounds like English would pronounce it?

I hope my question makes sense...lol.

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Well... they really make 'v' sounds... they HAVE to cos there's no rounded 'w' sound in hindi. That's why it puzzles me as to why most people use w's instead!

But I have a feeling now that it's a case of where the letter 'v' is in a word. Because words like Devdas and Devi seem to be spelt correctly. Same with proper nouns/names like Raghav and Madhav. In these words the 'v' sound is much more prominent than in words where a vowel such as 'a' follows the 'v'. like Aishvarya or Svades. These are written in hindi with the 'v' alphabet but still get w's when written in English. Maybe cos the 'v' sound is not that prominent.

Sorry if you can't understand head or tail of what I'm talking about!
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So....... Diwali (festival of lights) is actually Divali?

Are you talking about just one Indo language or do all of them not have "w"?
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I guess there's no one else of Indian origin here or nobody knows what I'm talking about.

Oh well.
i'm of indian descent, but born in germany, raised in canada

sorry, i can't help with the phonetics thing. i'm the biggest coconut around.
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So....... Diwali (festival of lights) is actually Divali?

Are you talking about just one Indo language or do all of them not have "w"?
Yes!!! I have always wondered why Diwali is spelt so.. cos it's pronounced as Divali. The actual full form is Deepavali but it's commonly referred to as Diwali.

umm... I know Hindi and... Tamil which is my mother/native tongue. Neither have the equivalent of a 'w', just 'v'. But since most of those languages were derived from Sanskrit anyway, I'm assuming that none of them have a 'w'.
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I'm not of Indian origin, but have been there (primarily Chennai) several times to do research.

I don't really know for sure the reason for writing "v" as "w," but I've always assumed it's to reflect this sound as British and American listeners hear it. Indians, north and south, seem to form most of their consonants by curling the tongue way back and pressing it against the roof of the mouth, whereas we form most of ours by striking the tip of the tongue against the area just behind the front teeth. (This based on my ultra-scientific method of clutching my tongue while attempting to imitate an Indian accent at the same time ). With some consonants, the resulting sounds are so different that we tend to hear, for example, Indian "v" as an almost "w"/"b" cross, and Indian "t" as a soft, clipped "d."
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sorry, i can't help with the phonetics thing. i'm the biggest coconut around.


That's okay.
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Yolland, you may be on to something there! You don't study linguistics, do you? Languages really fascinate me but I'm not a linguist. Learning german right now. Too bad it's hard to find people in NJ to practive with.
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I don't have anything constructive to add to this thread except for...

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I worked at an Indian Resteraunt 5 nights a week last year. I got on quite well with the chefs and they'd often teach me a few words. They were quite dirty bastards actually come to think of it. One day I asked him how to say a particular word - mind you he only had a 65% grasp on english. He told me what he thought the translation was. I then went and rattled off a sentance to the boss who spoke perfect english. He looked at me puzzled - asking what on earth I was trying to say - I said I'll get back to you. Went back to the chef and asked him what the word he told me meant... he says "This one brother!" pointing to a jar of PEANUT butter!

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I don't..... get it.
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I don't..... get it.
He misinterpreted that I wanted to know what was the Hindi word for Peanut. Instead I was interested in the Hindi word for a word that sounds a lot like it.

In the process I made a fool of myself.
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