What’s wrong with English spelling?

What’s wrong with English spelling?

  Although spoken English is quite easy to learn, a fact that certainly in part helped to make it the most commonly learnt second language on the planet, English is also one of the toughest languages for any learner to master, native or not, as far as its spelling is...
The morphological tripod – Arabic roots 101

The morphological tripod – Arabic roots 101

  This article is a sister article to the earlier 101 articles treating features of word-formation Hindi has inherited from Sanskrit. Features discussed in those articles are: vowel sandhi, vowel gradation, prefixes and suffixes. In the present article students and...
Vowel sandhi 101

Vowel sandhi 101

  This is the first in a series of 101 articles intended as a short introduction of the system of vowel combination called sandhi, which Hindi has, in a fossilised form, inherited from Sanskrit. Since the system is fossilised, i.e. does no longer produce new forms in...
Stars: seeds of the gods

Stars: seeds of the gods

English star, German Stern, Italian and Latin stella, Greek αστηρ (astēr) and Hindi तारा (tārā), all started with an agricultural metaphor. They are derived from the Indo-European root for to strew, which is reflected in Sanskrit as स्तृ (stṛ). The use of this root in...