Eels ready to roll out Foran welcome mat

first_imgPhoto: NRL Photos.Kieran Foran will play in front of Eels fans for the first time since departing the club in Round 13. ‌While the Kiwi pivot will no doubt cop a razzing from elements of the blue and gold crowd, he remains on good terms with his former teammates. However, after orchestrating a 22-10 win against his former club at Mt Smart Stadium in Round 6, Eels players are hoping things will be different when he faces the music against his old home crowd.”He’ll be sweet; I hope he’s sweet, Parra fans are brutal!” laughed Eels hooker Kaysa Pritchard.”I love ‘Fozzy’ as a person, I reckon he’s a good bloke. Last time we played them he ripped us apart. I don’t think we were ready for him last time.”Part of the reason the Eels may have been underprepared to face Foran in Round 6 is due to his delayed start to the year.After being forced to sit out the opening three rounds following on from his personal circumstances that saw him depart from the Eels mid-year last season, a hamstring complaint further delayed his return until Round 5.”I don’t think we knew if he was going to play or not last time but he’s playing this week and we’ve got a job to do on him. Him playing is just going to make our job a bit harder,” Pritchard added.One of the key match-ups to decide Friday’s contest will be the respective performances of Parramatta’s former star halfback recruit against its latest big-name signing in Mitch Moses, who improved out of sight from his first game in blue and gold to his second when he led the way in a 22-16 win over Souths last week.Moses said Foran hadn’t been a focus of the Eels’ preparation but was looking forward to facing off against one of the sport’s best playmakers.”It hasn’t been spoken about at all but he’s probably one of the best halves in the game, coming up against his old club he’ll want to get a good game under his belt,” Moses said.”I’m looking forward to the challenge against him. You always want to [play against] the best in the game and challenge yourself and always put yourself up against them so I’m definitely looking forward to that.”Pritchard will be another key man for the Eels on Friday; his partnership with former Eels under-16s teammate Moses has progressed rapidly in two games while Pritchard’s own form has built steadily in what is his first season of consistent big-minute starting games.”I’m feeling a lot better, I’m starting to understand the speed of the game,” he said of his own form.”It’s more getting used to the speed of the game, I’m understanding it better now. I still haven’t got it totally but I will and I can still keep up playing good footy and doing my job.”Injured Eels No.9 Isaac De Gois has been a big help to Pritchard this year despite his own disappointment at not being able to play since being concussed in a pre-season trial game.”I love ‘Goisy’, I talk to him nearly every day, every time I see him,” Pritchard said.”He’s giving me good tips on what to do and how to do it and things I’m doing [badly] too, he’ll tell me straight and that’s what I love about Goisy. I hope to see him back soon.”last_img read more

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Hindi In America

first_imgThe 2016 American Community Survey revealed that Hindi is the 11th most popular foreign language in the United States. The survey found that 810,000 people in the country speak Hindi, the most popular spoken Indian language in the United States. It is followed by Urdu and Gujarati. Overall, more than 3.6 million people in the United States speak various South Asian languages. Despite the growing Indian American population and the fact that with 260 million speakers, Hindi is the fifth most widely spoken language in the world, behind Mandarin, Spanish, English and Arabic, formal language instruction in the language has been lagging in the United States.Several U.S. universities offer programs and courses in Hindi. The University of Chicago offers a comprehensive Hindi program with a focus on language, culture and literature. The Department of Asian Languages and Literature at the University of Washington offers a wide range of courses, including modern and medieval Hindi literature at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Several other universities, such as University of California Berkeley, University of Texas, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, Harvard University and Yale University offer Hindi programs. Some offer other regional South Asian languages, such as Urdu, Bengali, Telugu, Tamil and Punjabi, as well.Yuva Hindi Sansthan camp.The importance of Hindi as a foreign language in U.S. universities has been recognized ever since India emerged as a fast-growing economy. Even though enrollments for Hindi and other South Asian regional language courses remain low, the awareness is on the rise. Bhavya Tiwari, who teaches in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at the University of Houston says: “Hindi is a global language like Spanish and French. There is a lot of scope for Hindi in the U.S. The language can be used in the government as well as the private sector. It also has a big literary tradition.” Foreign language centers, which attract both amateur and professional learners, have begun offering Hindi instruction. U.S. intelligence and security agencies have also been recruiting Hindi translators. Tiwari says that as South Asia rises in international trade, Hindi’s importance is rising as well. But enrollment numbers in Hindi courses are still abysmal. According to the Modern Language Association of America, enrollments in languages other than English between 2009 and 2016 fell 15 percent in U.S. colleges and universities. According to the association’s Language Enrollment Database, just 1,426 students enrolled in Hindi language courses in 2016, down from 1,813 in 2013 and its peak of 2,173 in 2009. By contrast, Spanish, the most popular foreign language in the United States had more than 712,000 students in 2016, followed by French (176,000), American Sign (107,000) and German (107,000). Jason Grunebaum, senior lecturer in Hindi, Department of South Asian Languages and Civilization at University of Chicago: “Interest in Hindi and other South Asian languages ebbs and flows. Prof Jason Grunebaum, senior lecturer in Hindi, Department of South Asian Languages and Civilization at the University of Chicago, says: “Interest in Hindi and other South Asian languages ebbs and flows. We’re currently in a nationwide decline in enrollment in all foreign languages at the university level.” Grunebaum says: “You’ll see for Hindi that there was a steady increase of enrollment until about 2009, after which enrollments have declined. The 2018 figures are about what the figures were in 2002 nationwide. At the University of Chicago, where I teach, and where we teach more South Asian languages than nearly any university, we’ve also been subject to the periodic ebbs and flows of student interest. Things come and go in cycles — the only foreign language to have consistent, steady growth over the past decade has been Korean.” Enrollment in Korean language courses almost doubled from 7,146 in 2006 to 13,936 in 2016, according to the MLA.Hindi may not be experiencing the same boost because Indian immigrants are English speakers and do not consider it important to take up Hindi professionally. Ashok Ojha, president of the Yuva Hindi Sansthan in New Jersey, says, “While Hindi is taught in major universities and ivy league colleges, it remains absent from curriculums at the elementary and middle school levels.” A few years ago, Ojha contacted North Penn High School in Pennsylvania to host a Summer Hindi Language program. He today serves as director of YHS Startalk Hindi programs, which offer Hindi language and culture camps for students. While Hindi is now being taught in several school districts across New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Texas, Ojha says YHS’s goal is to integrate Hindi into the curriculum in schools across the United States. Within the Indian American community, informal teaching with students going to temples or community centers to learn Hindi has by far been the most popular. However, Ojha says, “The need for formal teaching that involves the language to be taught in context and culture is missing amongst the community.” He admits that despite grandiose plans to promote Hindi as an important foreign language in the country, he finds it hard to find support: “Parents are reluctant as they do not see professional advantages of studying Hindi, even though there are many. Also, the fact that Indian community is further segregated in several regional languages too makes it difficult to cohesively promote one language.” And indeed, that’s the philosophy that many newage Indian food brands are utilizing to gain acceptance for their products in an already cluttered market. Related ItemscultureHindilast_img read more

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