Fanny, the aide de la maitresse (teacher’s helper) of Noor’s maternelle class last year, loves all things Indian so that over the years we’ve often brought her back things such as bangles and even a saree once, from India – in fact she tailored the blouse that goes with a saree herself, from a sample that I gave her !
Now, she wants a tattoo in hindi, and gave Noor a piece of paper last week with a name, a date and the words mon amour (my love) and paix (peace) that she wanted me to write for her in the Devanagari script.
As I did that this morning, I suddenly found myself stuck at the number 8 and just could not remember how to write this numeral in Devanagari. I did a hurried search on google and in the process found, among others, this site–
It’s design and the way it’s written appealed to me more than many others. It also occurred to me for the first time that teaching the girls Hindi in a formal way might be made easier with online resources such as this one.
While I like to think I have read enough Hindi all my life to know the language very well, I do struggle now with the trickier alphabets/matras and numbers when I try to teach these to Indira – she sometimes comes up to me herself to ask that I show her how to write in Hindi , which is great since this is something I have neglected – so this site would be very useful for that.