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PDFS OF GRAMMAR BOOKS FOR THE FOLLOWING LANGUAGES:

  • Hindi-Urdu
  • Gujarati
  • Sanskrit
  • Panjabi 
  • Nepali
  • Sinhala
  • Tamil

you’re probably like psh what’s the big deal BUT THE COLLOQUIAL SERIES AND THE TEACH YOURSELF SERIES FOR HINDI, URDU, GUJARATI, PANJABI AND TAMIL ARE ALL ON HERE. DO YOU REALIZE HOW HARD IT IS TO FIND THE COLLOQUIAL SERIES SOMETIMES? ALSO SANSKRIT RESOURCES???

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A princess must never stare at her prince in an offensive manner.

thank you everyone for supporting my Indian princess story. it means allot. it makes me feel like my original work might not be as bad as I thought.

i’ve decided to put up one of my favorite necklaces from my personal collection for sale on my etsy. this is a tibetan silver pendant with the mantra ‘om mani padme hum’ written in sanskrit with silver on top of lab turquoise and red coral (don’t worry, it’s vegan). i’m selling this to gauge the interest in tibetan jewelry, it’s one of my favorite styles and if it’s popular i’d love to add more to my store.

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The Forty-Two Stages to Enlightenment - the 42 Siddham letters with corresponding Chinese characters.

The 42 letters of the Sanskrit alphabet correspond to the 42 stages on the path to Enlightenment. These letters represented the provisional path to Enlightenment much the same way that words represented Reality. The 42 stages symbolize the steps on the way to the Ultimate Realization, which is beyond letters or words.

First there are the forty stages on the path of Bodhisattva Development:
     - The ten abodes of Inspiration
     - The ten practices of Virtue
     - The ten transfers of Merit
     - The ten groundings of Enlightenment.

Lastly there are the two levels of Enlightenment:
     - The Manifestation of the Buddha
     - The original, eternal Buddha.

Eurocentrism in the Polyglot Community

Quite some time back, I saw this post commenting on the trends of what languages are most commonly studied in the polyglot community. These languages are generally European languages, particularly Romance languages as well as German and occasionally Eastern and Northern European (Scandinavian) languages.

The OP of said post came under heavy fire for making the remark that this trend was an example of Eurocentrism. Other people were saying that “You should never tell other people what language to study. EVER”, and made other such comments, condemning this user (whose name I do not know, nor can I find this post).

As a PoC in the polyglot community, I’m going to be very blunt in this post, so be prepared. In my experience, the polyglot community is overwhelmingly white. White people will predictably have a stronger interest in European languages, and there’s not much that can be done about this and people cannot be faulted for it. This is only good reason I can think there is for Eurocentrism in the polyglot community. The common denominator between many polyglots is a Western European language like Spanish, Italian, French, or English. 

However, merely mentioning this and being attacked for it belies a more serious problem. The study of European languages can come at the expense of non-European languages, which does feed into dynamics of oppression and decline. There’s a reason that Hindi, Arabic, and non-European (particularly non-Western-European) languages are seen as unsophisticated. It’s because of years of imperialism in various non-European countries that have repressed the use of local vernacular languages.

You’re going to tell me, “Oh but those languages aren’t as useful”? I call bullshit because utility is more than simply numbers. Utility also includes political significance (ex. Arabic), literary value (ex. Sanskrit, Tamil, Hindi, Arabic, Russian, etc.), and immediate relevance, such as heritage or your community.

Please, the reason that non-Western languages have been shoved aside is because people around the world have been brainwashed into thinking that their own languages aren’t important. There is institutionalized encouragement for the study of Western languages, without any such support for non-Western languages. The habit of starting to study European languages as a polyglot on the premise that they’re more useful, sophisticated, rich in a literary heritage, are all utter nonsense, since nearly every non-Eastern language has comparable histories.

Learning a non-European language gives value and validation to all the immigrant and diaspora communities of people who are told every day that their languages do not matter, and that they must study English or another Western language at the expense of their own.

Yes, I’m telling you to learn a non-European language if you’re going to seriously invest time into being a polyglot. You cannot claim to be sophisticated or worldly in the way of languages if you don’t have a decent variety of languages going on. I think that only knowing European languages, East Asian languages, or any kind of centrism implies a kind of close-mindedness. Stop telling yourself that you’re open-minded when your vision of being worldly is centered on or exclusively encompasses one part of the world.

EDIT: Realizing that this may have come across rather inflammatory, I feel that I must clarify some things. I retract my statement about not being worldly if you don’t have a variety of languages in your study. However, I must emphasize that you must be aware of the limitations of your knowledge. I realize that this may come as common sense to some, but it is something I feel must be made explicit. Do not base your idea of sophistication on exclusive studies of certain groups of languages. Be mindful of the ways your study affects you and relates to the world around you.