2010.12.16: December 16, 2010: In 1985, American Peace Corps volunteer Susan Hobbs produced a small booklet (6"x 3") she called Fiji Hindi ¨ English Dictionary

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In 1985, American Peace Corps volunteer Susan Hobbs produced a small booklet (6"x 3") she called Fiji Hindi ¨ English Dictionary

In 1985, American Peace Corps volunteer Susan Hobbs produced a small booklet (6x 3) she called Fiji Hindi ¨ English Dictionary

Some of my friends were amused that a young woman who came to teach maths in Fiji secondary schools and attended a refresher course in Hindi for a few weeks, produce a dictionary, because compilation of a dictionary was a highly complex job and needed thorough research, professional skills and deep knowledge. Most of the entries in it were standard Urdu and Hindi words, presumably supplied to her by secondary school teachers. Nobody paid any attention to her work.

In 1985, American Peace Corps volunteer Susan Hobbs produced a small booklet (6"x 3") she called Fiji Hindi ¨ English Dictionary

The Hindi debate

Jogindar Singh Kanwal
Thursday, December 16, 2010

THE debate on Fiji Hindi is on again. It is interesting to note that after every five or six years, the subject is brought up by young Hindi enthusiasts for discussion and The Fiji Times, very graciously, provides space.

In the late 70s, Dr Rodney F. Moag, wrote teaching material, in what he called Fiji Hindi, for use in primary and secondary schools in Fiji and compiled it into lesson plans. When he tried it in some Suva schools, he failed because according to my information, Hindi teachers did not welcome it.

Also in the 70s, Jeff Siegel published a booklet titled Say it in Fiji Hindi. In the introduction, he said "this book is for those who would like to learn this informal, colloquial language of the Fiji Indian community".

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In 1985, American Peace Corps volunteer Susan Hobbs produced a small booklet (6"x 3") she called Fiji Hindi ¨ English Dictionary. Some of my friends were amused that a young woman who came to teach maths in Fiji secondary schools and attended a refresher course in Hindi for a few weeks, produce a dictionary, because compilation of a dictionary was a highly complex job and needed thorough research, professional skills and deep knowledge. Most of the entries in it were standard Urdu and Hindi words, presumably supplied to her by secondary school teachers. Nobody paid any attention to her work.




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