In our culture, we are taught to learn Marathi numbers from a very early age. We are told that it is the language of mathematics, and that without knowing how to read or write numbers in Marathi, we will be left behind by those who do. But should we really believe what we’re told? In this blog post I want to debunk some of the myths about Marathi number names and show you why they don’t have to be so hard for you.
Myth 0: You Can’t Learn Marathi Numbers in English
Truth: I’m sorry, but you can! This is the first myth that needs to be debunked. Yes, it may not be as easy to learn numbers in a different language than your native tongue and yes, there are some nuances with numbers like दस (das) or २४ (chhe), but anyone who has studied math should know basic concepts such as multiplication and division. There’s nothing wrong with learning how to read/write numbers in a different language if it will help you succeed at school. All of us want our children to have access to every opportunity available so why deny them?
Myth 05: There’s No Point in Learning Marathi Numbers
Truth: A great number of people who are learning how to read and write numbers can’t see the point because they have never encountered a situation with an Indian person. I make no assumptions, but if you’re not living in India it may be that you haven’t been around many Indians at all! The truth is there will always be opportunities for work or travel connected to being part of this culture so why not get ahead? It also helps when interacting with our family members abroad which is something we might want to do more often now that Skype allows free video calls (as long as your internet connection isn’t too choppy)!
Myth 06: You Won’t Get Good At Marathi Numbers if You don’t Learn them Early
Truth: This is just not true. The idea that you need to be young and have a lot of time on your hands in order to learn another language is also untrue! It may take longer for some people, sure, but it’s never too late (some might argue the opposite!). Marathi numbers are so beautiful and worth learning- there isn’t any fun or reward without learning how they work!
Myth 07: Learning Marathi Numbers Will Take Too Much Time From Your Day
Truth: If this was true then we would all still be living in caves because our ancestors obviously didn’t do anything else other than sit around reading books by firelight every day. In reality though, we do not have to spend hours each day learning Marathi numbers. If you’re like me and an average person then it’s better to just take a few minutes, maybe up to 30-45 mins max on the weekend or during your lunch break at work, to learn how they work!
Myth 06: Learning Marathi Numbers is Too Hard for You
Truth: No matter what language someone speaks there will always be words that are difficult for them. The difference between people who can speak English fluently and those who cannot though is that in the latter group so many more of those individuals don’t even try because they think their lack of being able to pronounce certain sounds makes them unable also means they needn’t bother with difficult words.
Myth 07: You Don’t Need to Learn Marathi Numbers because They’re Only for Farmers and Old People
Truth: I’ve never seen a farmer in the city so if this is true, it’s probably not more than one or two out of 100 people who are farmers. And we don’t know how many old people there are either but they do live closer together so you might see one every day walking down your street! Oh hey, speaking of that..If you have an elderly neighbor then learning their language could be even easier as all those difficult sounds will already be familiar to them!
I also think it’s important to mention that knowing numbers is good for adults too – whether it helps us do our grocery shopping, or helps us know how much to charge for a taxi ride.
Myth 19: I Didn’t Learn Marathi Numbers because They’re Too Confusing and Unnecessary
Truth: This is the easiest myth of all! Because it doesn’t matter if you learn them as long as you don’t forget them right? Wrong. If we never see numbers on bus stops then how will we ever be able to tell which stop is ours?! And what about telling time at the airport? It can also help with reading food labels and counting calories in order to maintain a healthy diet. So while learning say “sip” instead of “three hundred seven thousand five hundred eighty-one” might seem like a good idea, it’s not.
Myth 20: I Didn’t Learn Marathi Numbers because They’re Too Confusing and Unnecessary
Truth: As the old saying goes “if you don’t use them then you will lose them.” So read up on these myths and find out how to avoid that! Plus there are tons of benefits to learning numbers which go beyond what we’ve talked about here like being able to do more math, or making better decisions as an adult. And since it only takes some time each day for children (or adults) who can pick this skill up in no-time, why not start now? Your brain might thank us later ;)
So without further ado our top three tips for mastering Marathi numbers:
keep a notepad with you at all times and write down any number in Marathi when it comes up (or better yet, get a handy app that will do this automatically)
practice math problems with your kids to help them learn their first set of numbers even faster. For example, ask them to count how many people are in the room or what time they need to be home by. This is also great practice for adults!
listen closely each day as we talk about new sets of numbers on NumbersRx radio show; being able to recognize these sounds while listening won’t just come in handy here but later too like when reading street signs or communicating back home. And remember, this is a FREE radio show!
This blog post provides readers with 15 hard truths about Marathi numbers and offers three tips for mastering them. When it comes to learning math, practicing problems is always helpful – not just to learn the numbers but also how to count in different ways. NumbersRx Radio Show listeners can remember new sets of numbers by listening closely each day or when they need help later on like recognizing street signs or communicating back home. This free podcast makes all these things possible.
Readers will find out that there are several web resources that make it easy enough for even beginners to quickly get up-to-speed with their number recognition skills as well as many other languages besides Marathi where counting in various ways is important. The author offers three tips for mastering Marathi numbers: practicing, discovering your tricks and knowing when to ask for help from a native speaker or someone who has already mastered the language. I’ve been looking forward to this article since I heard about it on NumbersRx Radio Show podcast! Here are 15 hard truths about Marathi number names (patang) and how you can get comfortable with them- whether you know Hindi/Marathi or not! If you are new to Indian languages but want to learn more than just English in India then keep reading…. You might be surprised by what we have found out so far!! ;) There’s an online course that will teach counting skills in various ways including