April 30, 2014


Comment and E-Mail Policy

I encourage you to comment. However, due to the many abusive e-mails and comments I have received, I decided to publish a policy. I reserve the right to delete comments and ban commenters at my own discretion.

  1. Identify yourself. Use your real name. Do not write to me using aliases. I have told you my name, and I expect you to tell me yours. If I suspect that you are trying to hide your identity, you will be banned.
  2. If you make absurd claims without any evidence, you will be banned. I do not want to waste my time responding to unreasonable people, and I don’t want the readers of this site to be distracted by misinformation. Example of some absurd claims that people have actually made: “Americans actually say ‘pasketpall’, whereas the British say ‘basketball'” / “All English punctuation marks come from Hindi because Hindi is an older language”.
  3. Please try to comment on a relevant page. If you’re not sure where to comment, then you may comment anywhere. However, if you read a page and you have a question about that page, please comment on that page.
  4. Please do not add any irrelevant images to comments. I don’t know why, but many people post a huge picture of themselves. I will delete such comments. I don’t want irrelevant images to pollute the comment thread.
  5. Please try to consolidate comments. If you write one comment, and you want to add something, it is acceptable to post more than one comment. However, some people carelessly post 8 comments within a few seconds of each other when they could have just written a single comment. This pollutes the comment thread, making it harder to read.
  • LearningHindi

    Namaste David. I know how frustrating this can be! Some of the comments and emails I get can be very annoying and irritating. What annoys me most actually is when someone asks a question and then I answer it and then they just ask a new question, without acknowledging or even thanking me for my response! Though I don’t like doing it, I’m often deleting stupid or detracting comments from our site. Anyway I wouldn’t think too much about it, I’m sure these kinds of problems exist on every forum on the internet. Hope everything is good with you 🙂 All the best.

    • Hey, George! Thanks for your comment. It’s nice to receive a good comment once in a while! 🙂 I can sympathize; most people do not even acknowledge my responses to their questions. I’m surprised by how short people can be with me; they often just type something like “economics Hindi translation”. I think “Are you serious? Do you think I am a dictionary? Can you not write a full sentence?”. This policy is a bit of an exercise in futility anyway, since the kind of people who would do such things are the kind of people who wouldn’t respect the policies. You’re right, these problems are common on the internet, so I won’t fret about it too much. I am doing well indeed, thanks! How’s graduate school going?

      • LearningHindi

        You’re welcome. Ha it sure is, I find that those really nice comments from time to time make it all worth it 🙂 Yeah I’ve never understood that either, especially when it’s so easy to find the translation of a single word online. One of life’s mysteries hey? Good to hear. All is good here, grad school is proving to be challenging but I think I’m getting there! The most frustrating thing is that my girlfriend and her mother and sister are going to India in September for a getaway but I have a conference I have to attend so I can’t go with them!

        • Yes, grad. school is challenging. I didn’t go to grad. school, but my wife did, so I witnessed it indirectly. Do you read PhD Comics (http://phdcomics.com/)? It might provide some comic relief for you. 🙂 Best of luck to you! It’s too bad that you can’t go to India with your girlfriend and her family, but hopefully you’ll get another opportunity again soon. My wife got to go to some pretty good places for her conferences (Italy, Las Vegas, etc.), so maybe you’ll get some opportunities to travel somewhere interesting.

          • LearningHindi

            Oh nice, I bet you saw all the stress and hard work! Ha yeah I do read PhD comics, they really are some great comic relief. Thanks. Oh that sounds like fun. So far I’ve gone on a conference to the next city to us – a whole 15 minute train ride away! It’s quite likely that I’ll be heading to Paris eventually though, which should be a bit more exciting!

  • Shree

    Please explain: I was going thru some sayaari and i have some doubts.. While speaking to a lady would I say “Tumhe kabhi koi pasand nahi aya? and while speaking to a man would i say “Tumhe kabhi koi pasand nhi ayi?” If yes then why so? Explain me with this as well.. While speaking to a lady I would say “Agar tum bhi chahti to acha hota”. So while speaking to a man would I say “Agar tum bhi chahte to acha hota”.. ?? When a lady is speaking addressing a man why she should say.. “Tumhe yaad nahin aati thi?” why not “Tumhe yaad nahin aata tha? as because he is masculine gender. And when the word “aisa” & “aise” is used?

    • “koi” is always masculine, so you would say “tumhein kabhi koi pasand nahin aaya?” regardless of whether you’re talking about a man/boy or a woman/girl. However, you can use it like an adjective: “tumhein kabhi koi ladki pasand nahin aayi?”. Yes, when speaking to a woman, use “tum … chahti” and when speaking to a man, use “tum … chahte”. The gender of “tum” depends on the context. The gender of “koi” is always masculine. In sentences like “tumhein yaad nahin aayi”, the verb agrees with “yaad”, which is feminine, so it doesn’t matter whether “tumhein” refers to a man or woman. “aisa” and “aise” are words that you’ll just have to learn with experience, there is no easy way to define them. Here are a few example: “yah website aise logon ke liye hai jinki hindi mein ruchi ho” (i.e. “this website is for *such* people who have an interest in Hindi”), or “aise kyon bol rahe ho?” (i.e. “why are you talking *like that*?).

  • Ajeesh Cheriyakoloth

    congratulations for your efforts ,sir