?Let’s Learn Kashmiri (book + Audio)
Author: Omkar N. Wakhlu & Bharat Wakhlu
Publisher: Foundation for the Preservation of Kashmiri Traditions (FPKT)
Publication date: 2001
Number of pages: 59
The book is meant for two categories of readers. Firstly it will serve the large number of Kashmiri speaking people who would like to express themselves in several ways. Secondly this book will help those who wish to learn Kashmiri and are familiar with English. It will especially enable visitors to Kashmir to express themselves in spoken Kashmiri. They could also appreciate better the cultural life of the people of Kashmir.
The 21st century is the era of the personal computer and Global Inf.mp3ation Access. The roman script for Kashmiri is therefore, likely to be the most popular with Kashmiri speaking people the world over. They can read excellent prose and poetry in the language. Better still, they can write their own creative thoughts with ease. Personal correspondence also can be done more effectively in the mother tongue. At present a lot of excellent, creative oral literature in Kashmiri is being lost to posterity for ever.
The simplest way to learn a language is to do it the way a child does. Children hear the words, learn them by heart and then repeat them as often as they can till they master the words and sentences as a whole. Adults can do it too in a playful, relaxed and innocent way without feeling shy. Children can indeed, learn any language faster then an adult does.
Repetition is necessary until the most used words and sentences are on the tip of your tongue to be used whenever you need to do so.
The alphabet of the Kashmiri language is introduced in Chapter 1 with a corresponding phonetic guide through use of the English language. Kashmiri is a purely phonetic tongue and each letter of the alphabet has only one sound in all usages. This renders pronunciation quite easy. Then words have been given, followed by counting numbers. Some notes on Kashmiri grammar have been gradually introduced.
Most useful words and sentences, which you must know, are given in the book. These can be easily memorized. A classified list of useful words is also given for the benefit of non Kashmiri speaking people. The words have been grouped together in a logical subject related, rather than alphabetical order, which is easy for daily use.
Some common Kashmiri proverbs have been included in the book besides a few specimens of prose and poetry. Samples of letter writing have been given in order to encourage the use of Kashmiri for private and official purposes.