Marathi learning material in english

Christian Lee Novetzke cln4 at COLUMBIA.EDU
Tue Aug 1 14:12:37 UTC 2000

In addition to the resources mentioned by Dr Deshpande, Maxine Berntsen and
(I believe) Sucheta Paranjpe have completed a fifth book for use in an
intermediate/advanced Marathi course.  UPenn might have information about
these texts.  And I recall listening to some audio made for teaching
Marathi when I began to study the language about ten years ago.  These
tapes might be at UPenn.  Also, you might find _Learning Marathi_ by Drs.
Kalyan Kale and Anjali Soman useful.  Their text emphasizes speaking and is
used to train non-Marathi speaking Indian civil servants.  A new edition
with a revised table of contents and index should be out within the
year.  There is also a Marathi version of the Government of India's "Learn
X in 30 Days".  The latter two are probably available through South Asia Books.

A number of Marathi-English dictionaries are available.  I use Molesworth's
and Deshpande's dictionaries, and for Old Marathi, a new dictionary
compiled by S.G. Tulpule and Anne Feldhaus.  The most thorough reference is
the _Maharashtra Shubdakosh_, which you could use in conjunction with one
of the Marathi-English dictionaries.

Check out Columbia University's Inventory of Language Materials at:

Fran Pritchett maintains this site, with a catalogue of learning materials
for a number of languages.


At 07:10 PM 7/31/00 -0400, you wrote:
>There is a set of 4 books by Maxine Berntsen and Jai Nimbkar for Marathi
>published by the Department of South Asian Regional Studies at the
>University of Pennsylvania.  They are a good tool to learn modern Marathi.
>There is an older book Spoken Marathi by Franklin Southworth and Naresh
>Kavadi, published by the University of Pennsylvania Press.  The various
>regional and tribal dialects of Marathi have been studied separately and a
>useful series of such studies was published by the Deccan College in Pune.
>If you send a question addressed to Professor Ghatage at the Bhandarkar
>Institute in Pune, you may perhaps get an exact answer.  Best,
>                                                 Madhav Deshpande
>On Mon, 31 Jul 2000, Harry Spier wrote:
> > Dear list members,
> >
> > 1) Is there any good Marathi learning material in english?
> > - A good reference grammar to modern spoken and written Marathi.
> > - A good dictionary.
> > - introductory colloquial "how to speak Marathi" material.
> > - audio or video cassettes.
> >
> > 2) Can someone tell me if the language spoken by the tribal peoples in the
> > Tansa valley (I think this is about 50 km. from Bombay) is different from
> > standard Marathi?  Would this information be available in Grierson's
> > Linguistic Survey of India (and if so has the language and dialect
> > distribution in Maharashtra changed substantially since the survey was
> > done)?
> >
> > Many thanks,
> >
> >
> > Harry Spier
> > 371 Brickman Rd.
> > Hurleyville, New York
> > USA 12747
> >
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