June 03, 2010

My lessons in sanskrit, and Google IME

For those of you who are not yet aware, I am slowly learning sanskrit. The reason for the speed (or lack of speed as it were) is due to the fact that, I suck at learning languages the school way. Give me a bunch of TV shows and music in that language, and I will learn naturally. Kinda hard to do for a dead language though... :(
well there is good news though....

The good news is however that iit madras has a nice website up with some lessons, however these lessons are not even close to the "school method" of learning. For one, the sandhi (which is "how-to-join words") is taught much later, and sanskrit is like german, you construct sentances by joining words together like a train....

Another good news is that Google IME is now available for Windows7 (64 bit). IME means Input Method extender. It is basically something that sits on top of your basic typing stuff and pops up with a little thing as you type (think auto correction from your cellphone), the good thing about this is, it is very useful to type in other languages, since Google's IME (as seen from translate.google.com, a site embedded with their IME for non english languages) is completely transparent, meaning if i want to write 'Tejas' in hindi i write 'T''E''J''A''S' and ' ' and it will change to तेजस.... cool huh? Try it if you want to enter stuff in non english scripts and are tired of trying to memorise new keyboard layouts (as is often the case for such languages as they will change the layout as is convenient for that language: for example in hindi the home row would have no need for ; and ' but instead will have a "ya" sound or a "ta" sound).

Well thats it for now, just wanted people to know about google's IME and translation services. try it out, it is now available for all version of windows. Simply google "google IME" and choose your language. Unlike keyboard layout changes, you are transliterating english into the other langauge so just type what you want in the roman script and press space. Downloading the IME has the additional advantage that there is a pop up (much like the auto-correct thing on cell phones nowadays) that has a list of words in the target language close sounding to what you typed in english, and you choose.

So here is my first post with devanagari in it: (means, this post is in hindi).

ये विज्ञापनपत्र हिंदी मे है |

That second word means post (as in something that is posted on notice board etc.)

P.S: From here on out, any post with #Posts_With_Devnag tag has devanagari script in it somewhere, usually all devanagari script can be ignored if you cannot read it, it will be translated as above.
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