Learning a New Language | Trails that Trail

I remember the day when I attended the French class at L’Alliance Française. There I came across a different style for teaching the language for adults. C’est magnifique! Ils sont trés bien. I remember understanding from the pictures and actions. The main charater Monsieur Roche was rather an interesting personality whom you could relate to with ease. The main aim of the entire activity was to discover the language though graphic images. By my sophomore years I could easily translate from English to French without a dictionary’s help and now it is in the back burner and a little rusty.

I have been observing Hindi for a long time since my childhood, but then I cannot read or write Hindi. So essentially, when I approached the ancient language, I am a bear basic beginner of Samskritham.  I believe, that I will be learning something or the other, even in my adage. I feel that will happen for sure. I am resigned to this craving in me to learn and to expand my level of human understanding. Hitopadesha has stories for children, and I am eyeing it with a longing to be able to read them and maybe experiment writing such short stories in Samskritham.

I am usually experimenting with language and with writing, while I try out creative pieces of stories, poems and novelettes. I remember writing a poem in French and showing it to my French professor. For me language is an exploration of thoughts and expression. I have been trying to understand the working mind of the various writers. Where I misunderstand or misconstrued very much like the ‘halantha’  and ‘anuswara’ or a mark under and above the alphabet respectively to indicate it is half sound of consonants and not a full sound with the vowels included.

There is much that is there to learn in a language. Even when you reach a level of proficiency you must make it an endeavor to explore the language further. While learning this language, I feel the need to someday learn Chinese, Thai, Korean or any South Asian Languages. I have two European languages in my hand (French a little rusty, and English some knowledge), Tamil mother-tongue, Hindi, I can understand oral rendition, Korean small group of words. I want to explore the world literature and see all of the old works and gain insight about life and the greater things.

At one point after my 450 hours of Korean serials watching which varied from the contemporary to the period pieces, I could easily understand few words that the characters were speaking because I have come across them at varying time.

Serials are a great way to learn a language for me. I spend hours together watching them and learning from them. Yes of course the story line could get better. But I enjoyed the ‘Deerama’ as the characters say in Korean serial, which I love so much. Korean drama industry is so professional in it choice of stories and how it is enacted. They are actually of international quality. Of course the best story is still the Cinderella stories from rags to riches with fairy tale ending.

Life is all about learning and exploring within the space of language and to understand what could possibly be done to make the thought more refined. I especially loved to read about influences of the classic literature. For instance, William Shakespeare used to read a lot of prose stories from European section and be influenced by them while writing his plays. Back then, prose was at the evolutionary state and poetry which was well established could be better featured as plays with poetic lines so the blank verses.

The main purpose of the language should be fun and to enjoy the moment of learning. I feel so empowered with the new understanding of the languages that I made it my own and its internal roots. I feel somehow connected with the text across continents that I am reading, while expanding my understanding of human beings.

I am fascinated with language and literature but very few would enjoy having a conversation on those topics. So, I need to understand that within the art of conversation lies the key in posing questions that lead to greater understanding of the epic works of Samskritham through a series of debate with the self. The ‘Samskritham ekakrutham khojaha’ or search for the language is on with creative liberty.