a program to help you learn Devanagari

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a program to help you learn Devanagari

Postby roscivs » 2005-10-27, 4:17

Hello,

I'm quite new to Hindi (I can say a few words and that's about it) but I'm very interested in the language. I wrote a quick computer program to help me in learning Devanagari because I couldn't find very many others out there. I'm making it freely available because (a) I hope that it can be useful for others, and (b) I believe that feedback from you all can make it a better program for everyone to use.

I've called the program "Accha" and you can download it from here:
http://accha.sourceforge.net/

It requires Java and is just a JAR download. I primarily use OS X and Linux so I'm not sure how to run JAR files under Windows, so if someone knows how please post it here and I'll add instructions to the web page.

Keep in mind that it's a bit rough around the edges currently, but I'm hoping that with a bit of work it can become something useful for lots of people. Please let me know if you have any suggestions!

Thanks!

p.s. if there are any other computer programs or resources that people have used to help them learn Hindi, please post them here. One that I've found very useful is this Flash tutor:

http://www.avashy.com/hindiscripttutor.htm

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Postby Jamie*On » 2005-10-27, 21:39

With Achchhaa the letters don't show up when I use it, but it looks good, and the 2nd link is definately good.

I learnt the letters using pen and paper and testing myself. It can be hard to master the "conjunct" characters, but if you keep practicing you'll get there - trust me!

Try learning the easiest shapes first (like T and sh - it looks like "21") and you'll find they stick in your head.

Good luck to all of you learning to write in Devnagri script - it's not just used for Hindi by the way, also Sanksrit and Marathi, probably others, too.

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Postby roscivs » 2005-10-27, 23:39

Jamie*On wrote:With Achchhaa the letters don't show up when I use it, but it looks good, and the 2nd link is definately good.
Do you have the Hindi/Devanagari fonts installed on your computer? I assume you would, being one of the most profilic posters on this board ... do the letters show up on this page?:

http://www.alanwood.net/unicode/devanagari.html

Thanks for trying it out! I'd really like to fix this issue because if you have it, I'm sure lots of others have it as well!

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Postby Jamie*On » 2005-10-28, 17:27

Yes they do show up on that page, and on

http://www.bbc.co.uk/hindi

Good luck with your program.

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Windows problem fixed (hopefully)

Postby roscivs » 2005-11-29, 19:14

I think I've fixed the problem with the Unicode characters not displaying on Windows. (Linux and OS X were automatically detecting the character set, but you have to specify it explicitly with Windows.) Would you mind downloading it again and seeing if it works now? Thanks!


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