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Hindi must be given its due, says External Minister Sushma Swaraj

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Putting Hindi on a level footing with other languages, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday said that the language could be used to do anything.

The remark was made on the launch of the official website of the 10th World Hindi Conference, an event scheduled to be held in Bhopal in September.

“The impression that only a specific language could enable oneself to study science or any other subject is wrong”, said the BJP leader.

“If Chinese, Japanese, German and French could succeed in doing everything in their own languages then why not Indians using Hindi,” the minister further added.

Emphasising that Hindi must be given its due place, Swaraj said that ever since becoming the external affairs minister, she would speak in Hindi while talking to a guest who was speaking in his or her mother tongue.

“If we have to have an interpreter then why not Hindi…I speak English when the person I am interacting with is using the same language,” she said.

The website which went live from Saturday is a user-friendly website where people can register themselves in the three-day long World Hindi Conference, starting September 10, through the Hindi medium.

The registration fee for Indian students and participants is Rs 1,000 and Rs 5,000 respectively, whereas the fee for foreign students is 25 dollars. Participants from other countries have to shell out 100 dollars for the same.

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  • What about the other languages ??? they dont deserve their share ?? afterall tamil and telugu existed way before hindi..

  • Eashwar

    “If Chinese, Japanese, German and French could succeed in doing everything in their own languages then why not Indians using Hindi,” the minister further added
    THE DUMB MINISTER THINKS THAT WHOLE INDIA SPEAKS HINDI. IT’S A SHAME SUCH PEA BRAIN PEOPLE ARE SITTING AS MINISTERS. HINDI DOESN’T REPRESENT INDIA.

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  • What about the other languages ??? they dont deserve their share ?? afterall tamil and telugu existed way before hindi..

  • Eashwar

    “If Chinese, Japanese, German and French could succeed in doing everything in their own languages then why not Indians using Hindi,” the minister further added
    THE DUMB MINISTER THINKS THAT WHOLE INDIA SPEAKS HINDI. IT’S A SHAME SUCH PEA BRAIN PEOPLE ARE SITTING AS MINISTERS. HINDI DOESN’T REPRESENT INDIA.

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Amazon’s Alexa Can Now Learn Hindi And Other Indian Languages

Apart from Hindi, using "Cleo" customers can respond to Alexa's English statements in Tamil, Marathi, Kannada, Bengali, Telugu, Gujarati and other Indian languages.

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Amazon on Tuesday launched a new category of Alexa skills that would enable customers in India help Alexa learn Hindi and other Indian languages.

Using the new “Cleo” skill, Amazon allows users to teach Alexa more about Indian languages and culture by interacting with the voice assistant.

“During each round, Alexa will ask you to say at least five things in your language. She may ask you to say something specific in the chosen language or to just say anything at all,” the company said in a statement.

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The process of creating new languages for Alexa benefits data availability, computing power and machine learning, in which systems improve organically as they incorporate more data.

Cleo’s availability in India will help improve Alexa’s language model and help her to gradually speak in local languages, the company added.

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These skills can be accessed on all Amazon Echo devices as well as the free Alexa app for smartphones.

Apart from Hindi, using “Cleo” customers can respond to Alexa’s English statements in Tamil, Marathi, Kannada, Bengali, Telugu, Gujarati and other Indian languages. (IANS)