Marathi is 15th largest language by number of people who speak Marathi. There is large ethnic Marathi diaspora across the globe. If you are staying overseas you can look for Maharashtra Mandals for getting coaching support in Marathi language in many countries across the globe. To know more about Marathi language click the following links.
There are following categories of people who use or study Marathi as second language.
People having Marathi mother-tongue but studied in English or semi-English medium
People having Marathi mother-tongue but lost or on the verge of losing touch with Marathi language
Such people whose family is multilingual in the sense one of the parent or family member is Marathi speaking.
Such people whose mother-tongue is other than Marathi but studied Marathi language as first or second language.
Pupils of Marathi speaking non resident Indians
Pupils of Migrants to non Marathi speaking areas
Those who want to learn Marathi language as foreign language.
If one informs us on talk page of this article, which of the above background people want to learn Marathi language, then probable we can have more customised support for the given audience.
The teaching approach
While the traditional teaching method will be available; We additionally provide here a different approach. Adult education experts say that human beings usually remember words as pictures and not as single alphabet so we support here with randomly displayed Marathi words with pronunciation with few additional tips on the main page itself so every time you visit you learn new word with ease is the target.
Similarly we are also supporting on this page with learn with pictures feature This helps to understand words with cultural context and again makes easy to understand and remember.
We will also do an effort to explain words from Marathi songs and rhymes
We will also try to highlight similarities of Marathi and European words as Indoeuropean languages, also along with Latin and Sanskrit info where available.
Marathi language has borrowed words also from Arabic, Persian and other geologically neighbouring languages we will make endeavour to explain those words also wherever possible.
For advance users we will show sentence translations randomly. And also in near future for those who know Hindi already we will try to provide support from Hindi language Wikibooks project.
Have you understood the concepts and if you have some good ideas you also can join adding up info to this book as you learn.
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Learn with pictures
दिंडी = dinDi; a ritual pilgrimage in Maharashtra.
Note Marathi language does not have small or capital letters, for Roman transliteration when we use small d it pronounced for द as in delhi. When we use capital D pronounced for ड as Doctor as most of D pronunciations in English language.
पगडी = pagaDi; alternate पागोटे = pAgoTe The pinkish red turban traditional Marathi head gear.
उपरणे = uparaNe; a cotton maffalar/stroll (many times used like a long cotton napkin)
कुर्ता = kurtA; a cotton shirt with long sleeves
Every time a different random picture, Keep coming keep learning!
Pronunciation as of English alphabet B same pronunciation is in Marathi as बी = In Marathi बी means seed (of any plant; for singular usage only, plural is different we will not get in to plural at this stage)
Note pronunciation of English word "Bee" is also similar.
Remember pronunciation बी is not necessarily as of other words starting with B
Remember pronunciation बी consonant ब् as in 'Bucket'; so just ब् is without vowel. To make sound as in English word Bee vowel sound ई 's is added to consonant ब् with ी sign. Hence, ब् + ी = बी
Series of this consonant : प्, फ्, ब्, भ् , म्
and vowel sign to go with consonants ी for vowel ई ; In English many spellings with ee like Bee, See, Pee contain longer sound like ई ( ी) also few English words with single e like 'me' have longer ई ( ी) vowel sound. (Sounds formed with English i vowel are usually shorter like 'big', 'pig' are shown in Marathi with different vowel इ ( ि) ; To make the difference more clearer; English word 'keen' contains longer vowel pronunciation as of ई ( ी) and word 'kin' has shorter pronunciation as of इ ( ि) )
Vowels in Marathi language अ, आ, इ, ई = ी , उ, ऊ, ए, ऐ, ओ, औ, ऋ,ॠ, ऌ,ॡ, ॲ, ऑ