Typing Emails in Hindi: You need no special fonts or software

Recently I have started typing many emails in Hindi to people I am confident can read the script, comprehend the language and are evolved beyond being anglophiles or snobs who would scoff at having to read Hindi. And by typing in Hindi I don’t mean that I type “aap kaise ho?” in roman script, but actually use the Devanagari script.

Many of them reply to me saying that they don’t have a Hindi software or font or what. But heck they all have gmail accounts. And  Google has a very simple transliteration tool for all those  who want to give this a try. Click here to learn more .

OR I recently had to explain to a friend how to do it and what follows is my original email in Hindi (ignore the spellings):

ईमेल जहां टाइप करते हो, उसके ठीक ऊपर बैएँ ओर एक बटन होगा जिसपे `अ’ या कोई और अक्षर रहेगा, वहां भाषा का चयन कर सकते हो.

जब ईमेल लिखना शुरू करो तो उस बटन को दबा दो
फिर जब तुम अंग्रेजी (रोमन लिपि) में लिखो गे, तो गूगल अपने आप उसे देवनागरी में बदल दे गा.
उद्धरण के रूप में :  तुमने लिखा  Vishal . तो उसने दिखाया विशाल
अगर तुम्हे भाषा चयन करने का बटन नहीं दिख रहा तो ईमेल सेत्तिंग्स में शायद लेब्स में जाके उसे चालू करना होगा
अधिक जानकारी के लिए यहाँ देखो: http://www.google.com/transliterate/about.html

धन्यवाद

Now you may ask me, that how often do I need to email people who do not use English as the working language in daily life. And I am being an inverse snob! But certain expressions have no easy English versions – for instance when you cook rice and they do not stick at all one says in Hindi – चावल बहुत खिले हुए बने हैं – I cannot concieve an apt way to express this in English! Any ideas?

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Author: harshT

Assistant Professor at the Missouri School of Journalism

3 thoughts on “Typing Emails in Hindi: You need no special fonts or software”

  1. Hi I have a little question for you

    I have a web page http://www.calling2world.com and i have a newsletter subcribtion ,,but when i send emails never had a response ,,and my suscriber are from La India ,,do i have to install any program to traslate the Hindi emails suscribers in my control panel ? or the translation will be exactly to Hindi emails to our alphabet email?

    Thanks

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