especially because so many words are so close to english

"खुशी" - kushee - kushti

I was just thinking about Romani and how crazy our dialects are … for example, many people say Kalderash or Lovari or Arli are the “cacho” (real) Romanes and other dialects (especially so called “para-languages” such as Anlgo-Romany) are much lesser versions. This is because many speakers of Anglo-Romany do so as a mixture with English. For example, instead of saying “o murš džalas grastenca pal o drom” they might say “The mush was jalling down the drom with his gry”.

Our language is very closely related to Hindi and still retains many similarities (including numbers and other words). Today I realized that the Hindi word “खुशी” - kushee, which translates as “happy, glad” is still retained in Anglo-Romany as “kushti”, a word which is NOT present in other Romani dialects, my own included. There are several words we use, none of them related to that particular one (rado, baxtaloro, loš).

In Hindi, you could say “मेरी माँ को बहुत खुशी हु” - meri maa ko bahut khushi hui - My mom became very happy. In Anglo-Romany this could also be “Mira mam vel bhoot kushti” … VERY similar, no?

I love it!

anonymous asked:

Do you have any advice for someone trying to learn a language? I'm trying to learn Russian on Duolinguo but it's really hard (especially the non-Latin alphabet) and it seems really daunting. I find I'll forget words and phrases not long after learning them. How do you do it?

Russian isn’t close to English, grammar and alphabet wise, so I think that may be why it’s so difficult. the reason why I learned French myself so fast was because I already knew Spanish and they’re in the same language family so there were many similarities. I used quizlet, wordreference, and I googled a lot of stuff I didn’t know. I think it’s important to do drills and online flashcards. you can do it! it’ll just take a little longer since Russian is tougher for native dnglish speakers