Dreaming in Hindi: Coming Awake in Another Language by Katherine Russell Rich

Dreaming in Hindi: Coming Awake in Another Language

byKatherine Russell Rich

Kobo ebook | June 10, 2010

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An eye-opening and courageous memoir that explores what learning a new language can teach us about distant worlds and, ultimately, ourselves.


After miraculously surviving a serious illness, Katherine Rich found herself at an impasse in her career as a magazine editor. She spontaneously accepted a freelance writing assignment to go to India, where she found herself thunderstruck by the place and the language, and before she knew it she was on her way to Udaipur, a city in the northwestern state of Rajasthan, in order to learn Hindi. Rich documents her experiences—ranging from the bizarre to the frightening to the unexpectedly exhilarating—using Hindi as the lens through which she is given a new perspective not only on India, but on the radical way the country and the language itself were changing her. Fascinated by the process, she went on to interview linguistics experts around the world, reporting back from the frontlines of the science wars on what happens in the brain when we learn a new language. She brings both of these experiences together seamlessly in Dreaming in Hindi, a remarkably unique and thoughtful account of self-discovery.

Title:Dreaming in Hindi: Coming Awake in Another LanguageFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:June 10, 2010Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0547394306

ISBN - 13:9780547394305

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Made me dream I was in India! I really enjoyed this book. I've always had an interest in language and language acquisition, so this was the perfect read for me. Rich couples anecdotes from India with scientific studies on language. I could identify with her in some moments of the book when she talks about how her Hindi is reshaping her brain as I remembered what it was like learning French. I found Rich's writing style a bit awkward. I'm not sure if it's the way Hindi affected her English sentence structure, or if it's just me. At any rate, I still recommend the book! Very inspiring. Most nights after reading I would have elaborate dreams about living in India.
Date published: 2010-07-05