We have a stereotype that students studying from Hindi medium are not that bright as students studying from English medium. Though Hindi medium students have the great conceptual knowledge, what they lack is expressing their thoughts as they lack self-confidence because they lack fluency in the English language especially, when they are required to be in an environment where English is a major language. This is a common problem faced by all Hindi medium students as they have studied every subject in Hindi language and, English as a language subject only. It is a problem just as faced by students studying in English medium for grasping understanding in Hindi and Sanskrit subjects. But, the concern is that English medium students have a choice of not studying Hindi and Sanskrit after Class 10th but Hindi medium students do not have an option of dropping the English language in their academics.
Moreover, the problem for Hindi medium students begin when in Class 11th and Class 12th, they start preparations for competitive exams like IIT JEE, WBJEE etc. and they have to compete with other students who have education in English medium. In this environment, Hindi medium students are constantly worried about thoughts like they won’t be able to compete with English medium students at national level. Though competitive exams now provide the question papers even in regional languages and the test medium is choice of students but still, the English medium students have the advantage at large because the main language of the test paper is English.
If we are not talking about just the competitive exams, there are other problems faced by Hindi medium students such as slow speed of learning in the classroom of English medium courses, not being able to express their thoughts and ideas, problem asking their doubts, hesitate during group discussions etc.
For a successful career, the English language is the prime medium of communication in any organisation. Therefore, it is essential for Hindi medium students to tackle their problems arising due to not being fluent in the English language before they begin their career.
Read the tips on how Hindi medium students can overcome with their problems in the English language–
A.) Start using English terminologies for studying concepts - Students using correct English terminologies while studying even in Hindi medium will face fewer problems while learning and adjusting to English medium environment. Therefore, the students studying in Hindi medium are advised to use English terms while understanding a concept. For example –
- क्रमाकुंचन गति- इस शब्द की अंग्रेजी होगी Peristalsis Movement
- त्वरण- इस शब्द की अंग्रेजी होगी Acceleration
- संकर लवण- इस शब्द की अंग्रेजी होगी Complex salt
- तंत्रिका तंत्र- इस शब्द की अंग्रेजी होगी Nervous System
- सांख्यिकीय- इस शब्द की अंग्रेजी होगी Statistic
- प्रायिकता- इस शब्द की अंग्रेजी होगी Probability
B.) Develop interest in learning English – As you grow your interest in learning English by reading books or even by taking audio/videos lectures on the language. You will know meaning, synonym and usage of words that will help in improving your vocabulary.
With improved vocabulary, you will be able to interact with friends, teachers and other in the English language. Moreover, you will be able to understand the subjects in English medium easily and also you can ask doubts without hesitation.
C.) Watch movies and TV/Web series with English subtitles – Movies, TV Series and Songs have become a new source of education as students who want to master the language can refer to these sources for improving their fluency and vocab. They can learn new words as well as the pronunciation of the words. Moreover, sometimes students know the correct meaning but they lack understanding of usage, pronunciation and alternative words, therefore, they face difficulty in catching pace while learning. But, with these entertaining sources of learning English language, students will adapt to the language faster than expected.
Conclusion: The students facing challenges to adapt and compete in English medium environment can use the tips mentioned here. Hindi medium students can defy all such stereotypes set for them as they can use these tips –
- Read everything in English
- Listen to English songs or Audio stories
- Watch English entertainment channel
- Make your own vocabulary notebook
- Develop the habit of learning new words