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Pālḷ language conversation


#1

How do you say “How are you?” “I’m fine. Thanks. And you?” and “you’re welcome” in Pāḷi?

Thanks in advance.

May you live healthy and happy always.
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#2

This is a fascinating question. I was traveling in several Eastern European countries recently. Each has its own language. It was fun to learn a few common phrases in the local language.

NY Times just published an op-ed by Emily Hanford, “Why Are We Still Teaching Reading the Wrong Way? Teacher preparation programs continue to ignore the sound science behind how people become readers.” (Oct-26-2018)

She wrote: “…What have scientists figured out? First of all, while learning to talk is a natural process that occurs when children are surrounded by spoken language, learning to read is not. To become readers, kids need to learn how the words they know how to say connect to print on the page. They need explicit, systematic phonics instruction. There are hundreds of studies that back this up…”

  • How many translators of Pali texts can actually carry a conversation in Pali with another translator?
  • If Pali students do not learn to speak Pali, does it make it harder for them to learn reading Pali and understand Pali intricacies, without the help of systematic phonics instruction?
  • Can Pali become a living language again?

May be the Pali experts here can share their experience.