When any of my subscribers start to learn a new language, for example, Gujarati, they all say the same thing:
“Dilshan, I really want to learn how to speak Gujarati”.
However, what does “speak” mean to you? Isn’t it simply saying something?
And so what? Any parrot can do that. So can any toddler – as long as they believe they’re ‘speaking’ when they say “goo-goo gaa-gaa”.
We, on the other hand, are going to focus on COMMUNICATION.
So how is COMMUNICATION different from “speaking” you ask?
Well, I’ll tell you…
Based on the hours of sessions I’ve had with Brigitte, my life coach during the time I worked in Geneva, I learned to simplify the definition of “communication” as the RESPONSE you get from someone based on how they UNDERSTOOD what you said.
So what this essentially means is that it’s not this:
But instead, this:
(Side note: Big thanks to my wife, Mrs. Smart, for the ‘huge’ effort she put in when I asked her to draw 2 cartoon figures for me)
While learning to speak Gujarati is the ultimate goal of this site, here at Lazy But Smart Gujarati, I like to first focus on a few other steps before we eventually get to speak it.
Here are 2 of them today:
When I moved to Monaco for my Bachelor’s degree in Business back in 2000 (Yes, there is a University of Monaco), I spent the first week just watching French TV.
I loved it!
Not only because French TV had way more naked women on TV compared to the mega-censoring I was used to in Sri Lanka (I was a 20-year old in Europe, what to did you expect?) but also because I was absolutely mesmerized by the French language.
I loved how it sounded, I loved the intonations, and I loved the pronunciation of the letter “R”.
So imagine how happy I became when I started to recognize certain words when they were repeated. Then imagine how ecstatic I became when I began to guess what it meant.
A quick chat with my French classmates the next day (I kept notes – That’s how much of a big nerd I was) and I was either corrected with the right meaning or congratulated for getting it right.
I had started my first step of learning a language: Understanding
(By the way, if you’re thinking that even as a student I was as handsome as I am today … then you’re absolutely right):
Having watched hours of TV and listened to my Francophone friends speak among themselves, I was starting to slowly understand a lot of words. With a little practice, I was able to even pronounce these words without butchering them with my natural Sri Lankan accent.
However, the vocabulary wasn’t obviously enough for me to initiate any type of conversation. So instead, I decided to simply respond in French whenever I got the chance.
This was my 2nd step of learning a language: Responding.
The first words I used for responding in French were “oui”, “non”, & “d’accord”.
I feel like the equivalents of these words are equally important in most langugaes, and I’ve discovered that Gujarati is no exception to it:
Even if you don’t speak French, by now you’ve guessed what those 3 words are:
“Yes”, “No”, and “Okay”.
I’ve made extra easy since this is the 1st one. Once you’ve read it I want you to ask “What the hell, is that all for today?”.
Yes & No in Gujarati
|Yes, I am [Dilshan]||haa, hooᴺ [Dilshan] chᴴuᴺ1|
|No, I am not [Dilshan]||na, hooᴺ [Dilshan] nȧ∙thi2|
My Random Notes:
1 ‘hooᴺ’ = “I”. The phrase literally reads “Yes, I Dilshan am”
2 The phrase literally reads “No, I Dilshan am not”
Okay in Gujarati
(When Approving Or Accepting Something)
|okay #2||tᴴeek chᴴé|
My Random Notes:
3 Same meaning as “yes”
4 ‘saaruᴺ’ means “good” but in this context, it’s used to give approval or acceptance (like “fine” in English)
That’s all for today! I told you I’ll be gentle.
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