Detailed Testimonial from Matthew Chang

Matthew Chang is Chinese-American youngster who has very successfully learned Marathi language. 

His success is praise worthy considering - he has no Marathi or even Indian family background, he is very far from Marathi land, there are not many people around him to talk Marathi, limited online resources available (e.g. dictionaries and auto-translation), it was not academic/ business necessity !!

Credit goes to his self-study, perseverance and zeal to learn every minute grammatical details. I am happy that I could help him a little through my blog. I had asked him to write a testimonial about my blog and he is generous to write a very detailed testimonial. I have mentioned excerpts in testimonial page but it is worth sharing in full. Testimonial will also guide new learners. 

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Testimonial from Matthew Chang :-

When I was learning French in school, I sometimes complained about the language’s difficulty, but if you think about it, help is literally at the fingertips of the French student. At least in America, countless institutions offer French as a foreign language option, and one can easily find “101 French Verbs” and French-English dictionaries at the local bookstore. Forget Rosetta Stone; and Word Reference are completely free online resources for learning French.
The Marathi learner, on the other hand, is not so lucky. As I see it, learners of Indian languages face a new level of difficulty. There’s little foreign demand for learning Indian languages, and consequently there’s a lack of resources. There are some books, but in my experience, many books ultimately do a haphazard job in explaining the language’s structure. In this context of poor quantity and quality, Mr. Lele’s blog is an anomaly: an extremely detailed, precise, and resourceful guide for learning a beautiful language which is not so often studied by foreigners. Here are my top reasons why:

1. Grammar
Some people don’t like it, but unless you have consistent exposure that allows you to eventually “pick up” the details, you have to learn grammar. As Kaushik says, “many language learning programs shower the student with list of full sentences. This looks good first, but it does not teach how to prepare sentence. So thou you know 100 sentences, you are helpless to create 101st sentence yourself.” Most of the pages on the blog are actually more like excerpts from a grammar book. Marathi noun declension, verb conjugation, and sentence structure are elucidated in meticulous detail, and numerous example sentences are given. Tables are provided when needed. Yet, the prose is not so technical as to completely stump those who are not grammar buffs and linguistics majors.

2. Script and Transliteration
Reading the language is just as important as speaking. A tutorial on the Devanagari script is provided as one of the very first lessons. Some people think that writing Indian languages in Roman script has become more fashionable. Perhaps. I follow Loksatta on Facebook, and I see people typing comments in देवनागरी all the time.  But even if you aren’t comfortable with the script, Kaushik provides English transliterations (eg. “mI tujhyAvar prem karato”) on almost every page.

3. Audio
Perhaps the primary reason for choosing the blog over a physical book: I get practice listening to Marathi. Kaushik actually records himself speaking the sentences in nearly every lesson. The videos are publicly available on YouTube.

4. Conversations, Culture, and Colloquialisms
Simple conversations on an array of everyday situations are provided. Furthermore, such conversations are not created in a cultural void; they are created in the context of daily life in Maharashtra. This means including auto rickshaws, police officers, and software engineers. Cultural references are also explained when appropriate. Formal Marathi is also different from colloquial Marathi, and such differences are delineated even at the grammatical level when appropriate. I like how Kaushik included a list of exclamations including छे and अरे बापरे!

5. Learn Marathi through Hindi
It simply makes more sense to learn a language from a sister language. In many places, the Learn Marathi through Hindi blog presents Marathi words and sentences side by side with their Hindi equivalents. Interestingly, I have a Marathi friend who is learning Hindi. He used the blog in reverse; he learned Hindi through Marathi by comparing the sentences in the Learn Marathi through Hindi blog. That reminds me. In reality most learners of Marathi are not going to be Americans and Brits but other Indians. Time and again, Maharashtrian politicians have insisted that migrants from the Hindi belt learn the local language. In theory, if provided with this blog as a resource for learning, Hindi speakers can learn a foreign language through their mother tongue rather than through another foreign language.

6. Other Resources
It doesn’t just stop with the blog. Kaushik is also there to help! In my experience, Kaushik has been very willing to answer questions and explain when someone is confused. The blog is an ongoing project, and Kaushik has created and revised some parts of the blog as a result of my questions. Furthermore, there’s a Facebook blog (with Kaushik as the admin) for learning Marathi! Ask and you shall receive.

I’ll be honest. I’ve been learning Hindi for several years now, and at some point I decided to start on another Indian language. I wanted to learn Punjabi, but I was dismayed at the lack of resources and the quality of the few resources I found. I stumbled across Kaushik Lele’s blog and started to read it. I’ve stuck with Marathi ever since. For me, the presence of quality resources in language learning makes all the difference.

List of all lessons. Contents. Index

Welcome to world of Marathi
Marathi Alphabets Devanagari Alphabets
Vowels, Consonants in Marathi and their pronunciation
Marathi Barakahadi : Symbols for vowels with consonants
Pronunciation of Anusvar अनुस्वार
Combining consonants in Marathi मराठी जोडाक्षरे
Combining consonants with र(r)-मराठी जोडाक्षरे Part 2
Combining consonants with ह(h)-मराठी जोडाक्षरे Part 3
Special or separate symbols for combined consonants मराठी जोडाक्षरे- part 3
Pronouns and Articles in Marathi
Using plurals to indicate respect आदरार्थी बहुवचन (AdarArthI bahuvachan )
Verbs in Marathi
Simple Present Tense in Marathi
Simple Present Tense of "To Be" in Marathi
Present Continuous Tense in Marathi
Simple Future Tense in Marathi
Future Continuous Tense in Marathi
Simple Past Tense in Marathi - Part 1
Simple Past Tense in Marathi - Part 2
Simple Past Tense in Marathi - Part 3
Past Continuous Tense in Marathi
Present/Past/Future Perfect Tense in Marathi
Learn Prepositions in Marathi
Preposition "TO" in Marathi
Sentences with person or living things as object
Saying My/His/Her in Marathi
Basic questions and "WH" questions in Marathi
Negative Sentences - Present tense in Marathi
Negative Sentences - Past tense in Marathi
Negative Sentence - Future Tense in Marathi
Working with nouns - Gender & Plurals in Marathi
Working with nouns - Prepositions in Marathi
Cases in Marathi. विभक्ति Vibhakti and विभक्तिप्रत्यय vibhaktiprtatyay in Marathi
Commands / Imperative statements in Marathi
Time related words
Sentence using “Going to” phrase
Sentence using "Used to" phrase
Sentence using "If-Then"
Prepositions with Verbs
Adjectives in Marathi
Using verb "Can/To be able to"
Using verb To Want/To Need
Verb “To Become/To Happen”
Using “Should”
Using “Must”/“to be have to”
Using phrase “to keep doing”
Comparison and degrees of comparison
Using verb "To Know"
आ-ई-ए-ए-या-ई (A-I-e-e-yA-I) rule
Using "Let" and "Shall we"
Which-That / What-That sentences
Giving instructions formally
Using “To Like”
Sentences using "would" in Marathi
"To Understand" & "To come to know"
Add a question tag
Numbers in Marathi - Part 1
Numbers in Marathi - Part 2
Fractional numbers, sequence, percentage in Marathi
Relations in Marathi
Using verb "To remember" in Marathi
Using "To Like" with other verbs
Frequently used words. Miscellenious
Short forms in spoken Marathi
Greeting,Wishes,Blessings,Slogans in Marathi
List of Body parts in Marathi
Verbs indicating cause of action. Causative verb
Frequently used verbs in Marathi - Part 1
Frequently used verbs in Marathi - Part 2
Frequently used verbs in Marathi - Part 3
Frequently used verbs in Marathi - Part 4
लावणे(lAvaNe) - one verb, multiple meanings !!
लागणे(lAgaNe) - one verb, multiple meanings !!
Diwali Festival
List of Marathi Adjectives - Part 1
Calling or Addressing someone in Marathi
Exclamations in Marathi
Past/Present/Future Perfect Tense - Second Style
Requesting-someone-"May-I","Can-you" etc.
Showing uncertainty using May, Might
Adjectives made from verb
Using May to express wish
Past /Present/Future Perfect Continuous tense in Marathi
Exceptional Verbs in Marathi which change in past tense form
Phrase "To Make Someone do something"
Type Marathi in Roman Marathi transliteration
To emphasize word using-च(ch)-in Marathi
Generalizing words - somewhere somehow anything anybody etc.तरी(tarI) -ही(hI)
"To have" to indicate possession and relation
Using "To mean". How to ask meaning in Marathi
Conjunctions in Marathi - Part 1 And,But,Because,So,That,Although,Though,Still,Yet
Conjunctions in Marathi - Part 2 As,As well as,Or, Neither, Nor, If,in case, provided
Conjunctions in Marathi - Part 3 After, then,As far as, As long as,As if, As though
Conjunctions in Marathi Part-4 As Soon as, Once,Rather Than, Instead of,So that,Whereas,Whether or not,also
List of Conjunctions in Marathi
Combining sentences - change in form of verb असणे(asaNe)
Active Passive voice in Marathi
Using "To Feel" & "To think"
Adverbs in Marathi - Part 1
List of adverbs in Marathi
List of vegetable names in Marathi
List of names of fruits in Marathi
List of names of birds in Marathi
List of names of insects in Marathi
List of name of cololurs in Marathi
List of names of flowers in Marathi
List of names of animals in Marathi
Frequently used or common words in Marathi - Miscellaneous
Abuse Cursing Swear-words in Marathi
Compound verbs / Phrases in Marathi
Tips to Learn Marathi (rather any new language)
Simple Sentences in Marathi - Introduction/Salutation
Simple Marathi Sentences - Time Related
Simple Marathi Sentences - Where/Place Related
Simple Marathi Sentences - In Hotel
Simple Marathi sentences - Weather related
Marathi conversation-with traffic police
Simple Marathi conversation - Rickshaw/Taxi driver
Simple Marathi Conversation - Software Engineers
Simple Marathi conversation - Grocery shop
Simple Marathi Conversation - Doctor-Patient
Simple Marathi Conversation - Teacher & Students
Simple Marathi Conversation - Informal phone conversation.
Simple Marathi conversation-Vegetable Market
Simple Marathi Conversation-at-bus stop and in bus
Asking address in Marathi
I Love you In Marathi. Proposing someone in Marathi
Simple Marathi Conversation - Interview in Marathi
Simple Marathi conversation - with housemaid
Simple Marathi conversation: Linking AADHAR card to mobile number
Simple Marathi conversation: Linking mobile number to AADHAR card
Frequently used sentences in Marathi - miscellaneous
Frequently used sentences in Marathi - miscellaneous part 2
“Marathi Dictionary for Learners” website and Android app on Gogle Play.