Hindi language

Hindi Levels at Vidya Vikas

Short Overview

Students will be able to recognize, pronounce and write Hindi Alphabets. They will learn basic vocabulary words, and will be able to speak and understand simple phrases. They will be able to write their name in Hindi.

Prerequisites

None

Course Objectives

  1. Students will learn the entire Hindi alphabet
  2. Students will learn to count to 10
  3. Students will be able to write their first name in Hindi
  4. Students will learn basic vocabulary words from these categories– family, food items, colors, fruits, vegetables, animals, birds, body parts
  5. Students will be able to speak about 10 basic sentences/phrases in Hindi
  6. Students will be able to understand many simple commands such as get up, come inside

Short Overview

Students will be able to recognize, pronounce and write Hindi words with maatraa. They will learn more vocabulary words, and will be able to speak and understand simple phrases. 

Prerequisites

Students must know the Hindi alphabet

Course Objectives

  1. Students will solidify their knowledge of the alphabet
  2. Students will learn to make simple words without maatraa
  3. Learn the concept of maatraa and make words with them
  4. Students will learn to count to 20
  5. Students will learn more words in the following categories (same as level I)–family, food items, colors, fruits, vegetables, animals, birds, body parts
  6. Students will be able to write their full names in Hindi
  7. Student will be able to say about 20 basic sentences/phrases in Hindi
  8. Students will understand many everyday commands.

Short Overview

Students will learn the basics of grammar and will be able to write short sentences using grammar rules. Students will be able to engage in brief social and daily conversations and understand more spoken Hindi.

Prerequisites

Students must know the Hindi alphabet and should be able to read simple words with and without maatraa.

Course Objectives

  1. Students will solidify their knowledge of the alphabet and maatraa
  2. Students will learn half letter form of consonants
  3. Students will learn other forms of consonants
  4. Students will learn to count to 30.
  5. Students will reinforce vocabulary words from earlier levels, and learn – house-related, question, curtsey, emotion, attributes/qualities, sports-related words
  6. Students will be able to write their and their family members names in Hindi.
  7. Students will learn basics of grammar: sentence structure, nouns, gender, number, pronoun
  8. Students will be able to say about 40 basic sentences in Hindi and have a brief conversation (3-5 sentences) in Hindi and understand more spoken Hindi.

Short Overview

Students will be introduced to sentence structure using more grammar and will be able to write in complete sentences. Students will be able to engage in brief conversations in various scenarios and present their ideas and opinions.

Prerequisites

Students must:

  • Know the Hindi alphabet, maatraa, forms of consonants
  • Know rudimentary grammar (order of subject, verb, some pronouns and verbs that go with it)

Course Objectives

  1. Students will solidify their knowledge of the alphabet, maatraa, half letters and other forms of consonants
  2. Students will reinforce previously learned words and learn new words from these categories – nature, time, TV, radio, weather, direction, activity-related, taste, smell, profession, flowers, transportation, weekdays, months, government-related
  3. Students will learn to count to 50 (not necessarily 1-50, could be 30,35,40,50..).
  4. Students will know their family member’s names and names of a few others in Hindi
  5. Students will start building up grammar: nouns, gender, number, pronoun, verb
  6. Student will be able to have simple conversation (7-10 sentences) in Hindi, and understand a lot of spoken Hindi

Short Overview

Students will be able to apply the grammar rules in writing, and will be able to write in complete sentences. Students will be able to engage in brief conversations in various scenarios and present their ideas and opinions. Students will be able to read and comprehend short stories.

Prerequisites

Students must

  • Know the Hindi alphabet, Maatra, forms of consonants
  • Understand some grammar to be able to have simple conversation be able to have simple conversation.

Course Objectives

  1. Students will solidify their knowledge of the alphabet, maatraa, half letters and other forms of consonants
  2. Students will reinforce previously learned words and learn additional words from each categories
  3. Students will learn to count to 100 (not necessarily 1-100, could be 50,60,75,90..).
  4. Students will know their family member’s names and names of friends, family in Hindi
  5. Students will build up on grammar: gender, number, pronoun, verb, post-position, tenses, adjectives, adverb
  6. Student will be able to have conversation (15 or more sentences) in Hindi, and understand a lot of spoken Hindi


Short Overview

Students will be able to write in complex sentences. Students will be able to read and comprehend short stories, poems, and scenarios. Students will be able to engage in conversation and present their ideas and opinions via current affairs, debate and presentation.

Prerequisites

Students must

  • Know the Hindi alphabet, Maatra, forms of consonants
  • Understand some grammar to be able to have simple conversation be able to have simple conversation.

Course Objectives

  1. Students will be able to read, comprehend and summarize the story/article.
  2. Students will be able to recite Hindi poems, Dohas and comprehend the meaning.
  3. Students will research Historical personality, their contribution to India and will be able to present to the class.
  4. Students will research about famous places to visit in India, Indian Traditions and Festival, and will be able to present it to the class.
  5. Students will be able to communicate their ideas and opinions through current affairs and debate.

Short Overview

Students will be able to demonstrate their advanced Hindi knowledge and leadership skills by assisting Hindi Teachers. They will help students learn Hindi in a fun way by creating and playing educational games.  

Prerequisites

Student should have passed Hindi Level 6 or have advanced knowledge of Hindi and be able to read and write Hindi.

Course Objectives

  1. Provide a venue for students to stay connected with Hindi after they graduate from Hindi classes.
  2. Learn leadership skills.
  3. Help students with reading, writing, homework, games, and other activities.
  4. Assist Teachers in making and checking Homework as per Teacher’s requirements
  5. Help Teachers in creating games and playing with students 
  6. Get involved in community service type of activity.
  7. Play a major role in organizing and leading the Hindi Game Day

Conversation Club-“ Baton-Baton Mein”

Time: 9:30 a.m -9:55 a.m

Hindi Conversation Club give students opportunities to practice Hindi in a relaxed, informal environment, and to meet their peers. The most important reason is that this club offer learners a chance to practice Hindi by actually speaking it.

 Conversation Club (Baton-Baton Mein) for Level 1 and Level 2- Mr. Ashish Bohra

Conversation Club (Baton-Baton Mein) for Level 3 and Level 4- Mr. Vikas Dusad

Conversation Club (Baton-Baton Mein) for Level 5 and Level 6 – Pratibha Dalal

Hindi Teachers

Level 1 - Mrs. Priyadarshini Bharath
Priyadarshini has been teaching Hindi since 2018. She enjoys teaching Hindi in the Vidya Vikas. She is also a certified Yoga instructor. She has been an Instructional Paraprofessional in Coppell since 2019.
She is a wife, and mom of two beautiful kids aged 8 and 9. She grew up in Kolkata and moved to Chennai for her college. She moved to Dallas with her kids in June 2014. As her kids started learning Tamil, her mother tongue, she felt that she could teach Hindi in her spare time. She really loves her decision and enjoys it till date.
Level 1 - Ashish Bohra
Ashish Bohra lives in Irving, TX with his family. He has been associated with DFW temple Vidya Vikas school for the last 10 years. He has passion for Hindi language and enjoys teaching and promoting Hindi in kids and youth. He volunteers as a supporting teacher in Hindi Level 1 for year 2020-21. He also runs Hindi Conversation Club (Baton Baton Mein) for Level1 and Level 2 students. Apart from volunteering at DFW Hindi Vikas program, he also participates in DFW Hindu Temple Youth Group activities as well as in Girls STEM annual camp (GIGAWOT) run by IBM. He works at IBM as Delivery Executive.
Level 2 - Devika Saran
Devika Saran is unique amongst Vidya Vikas teachers. In recent memory, she is the only teacher who teaches both religion and another class every week and Devika has been doing it for the past 10 years. She teaches religion level 1 and Hindi Level 2. It has become her passion and she looks forward to interacting with the children every Sunday. Devika believes very strongly in inculcating a love of Hindi and our value system in the current generation. She lives in Coppell with her husband and two children, all of whom have been part of the Vidya Vikas family for a number of years. She would like Vidya Vikas to be the school of choice for all youngsters interested in language and Sanatana Dharma.
Level 3 - Lata Ratna
I have been teaching Hindi for Hindi at Vidya Vikas for more then 16 years! Love to be a part of Vidya Vikas family!
I can be reached at my email: lataratna@yahoo.com
Level 4 - Deepa Chopra
Deepa Chopra is a Hindi teacher at Vidya Vikas. She has been dedicated to teaching at Vidya Vikas for several years at the DFW Hindu Temple and has taught Hindi to students of different age groups and class levels. Deepa enjoys enriching the lives of students by instilling the Hindi language and Indian culture in them. Deepa lives with her husband, Manoj, and her children, Soumil and Akshee, in Coppell TX. Soumil and Akshee have graduated in Hindi from Vidya Vikas and serve as teaching aides and lead teachers for Hindi and Computer Science during the summers. Her family is actively engaged in voluntary services at the DFW Hindu Temple and Vidya Vikas. Ultimately, she believes that effective teachers and mentors have transformative power and implements this belief by offering an exciting and interesting environment to her students to motivate them to continue learning.
Level 5 - Nisha Mehta
Nisha Mehta has been teaching Hindi in Vidya Vikas for almost 11 years. Nisha Mehta joined Vidya Vikas as a parent. Both of her kids attended Religion and Hindi classes in Vidya Vikas. She started by volunteering and helping out in the Hindi and religion classes of her kids. She enjoyed it so much that it inspired her to become a Vidya vikas Hindi teacher. She has taught 4 years in Level 1 and this is her 6th year in Level 5.
She has been a part of STARTALK summer program organised by HEB ISD for two years.In this program the students from elementary,middle and high school are introduced to a language and culture like Hindi,Urdu or Chinese.
Ms. Nisha is always excited to share her knowledge with kids when she sees sincere curiosity from the students. Learning the native language of their parents brings the kids closer to their parents and their extended family. She strongly feels that the Hindi language opens the door to understanding our roots and heritage
Level 6 - Vandana Sirotiya
Vandana Sirotiya is a devotee and a volunteer at the DFW Hindu temple, where she is also the Hindi language coordinator. She has been teaching various levels of Hindi for over 12 years and currently teaching Level-6. She is passionate about teaching and believes that teachers influence the lives of countless young people. She believes that Vidya Vikas provides a great learning platform for our students which helps in strengthening their cultural identity and family ties.
She enjoys organizing events, like Hindi Mela, Teacher Orientation, and Hindi annual function. She has been giving radio talks over various religious topics at the Radio Archana Program of the DFW Hindu Temple which is broadcasted on “Join the caravan.com”.
Vandana is a high school science teacher by profession. She uses various techniques to enhance the teaching and learning experience for teachers and students. She is also a Lead Instructor at STARTALK, which is a three week summer program funded by the National Security Agency. This program is intended to teach foreign languages including Hindi.
Vandana’s husband, Sanjeev, has been a volunteer for the Vidya Vikas and the temple. Their son, Sarthak has attended VV classes and also served as a teacher aide for many years.
Teachers' aide (Volunteer program) - Pooja Shah
Dr. Pooja Shah has been part of Vidya Vikas as a TA coordinator for Hindi since 2017. The same year, she enrolled her two wonderful sons, Aditya and Ahaan, in Hindi and Religion classes with a hope that they are closer to Indian values and culture.
Pooja has been very creative and passionate in reshaping the TA program. She mentors, guides, and teaches students to develop leadership skills, and to create innovative games to teach Hindi in a fun way. Pooja with her team of TA’s plan, organize, lead, and conduct Game Day every year, which is now part of the Hindi School curriculum. She encouraged her students to lead and develop curriculum for virtual online classes during summer.
Professionally, Pooja has been teaching Chemistry at Dallas College and has acquired more than 10 years of experience in managing students with diverse backgrounds. She is also promoting Chemistry among aspiring students by organizing Chemistry Day at her college, visiting schools voluntarily and conducting science classes.
Pooja is a strong believer in giving back to society and has been actively involved in the community. She is also President of Las Colinas Elementary PTA. Under her leadership, the PTA was able to help families and local non-profit organizations during the pandemic, by initiating and winning National PTA Grants.
Conversation Club - Pratibha Dalal
Pratibha Dalal is part of Vidya Vikas from 15+ years. She got attached with Vidya Vikas when her son joined level 0 Hindi classes back in 2006. Both of her boys are ex-student of Vidya Vikas. She started volunteering since then by supporting her kids Hindi and religious classes. She is also part of Vidya Vikas Parent Group and Youth group. She is now teaching Hindi conversation class from last one year. By profession, Pratibha is IT Project Manager and enjoys connecting with people. She has used her people and management skills to help in many of Vidya Vikas events to make it a success. She is fluent in English, Hindi and Marathi. Pratibha understands importance of kids to understand and talk in Hindi. This opens many doors for them to bond with family back home.
Vikas Dusad - Hindi Conversation
Vikas Dusad started as a parent volunteer when his kids joined Vidya Vikas. He started volunteering for Vidya Vikas and then became Hindi Teacher for Level 3. He is currently facilitating Hindi Communication Group (baato baato mein) with Level 3 and Level 4 kids. Based on his own experiences he firmly believes Vidya Vikas greatly fills the Spiritual and Linguistic needs of our next generation.

Level 1 - Testimonials

I feel honored to send my son Yugaadya to vidya vikash to learn hindi language. My son always remembers to their teacher mr. Ashish Vora ji and mrs. priyadarshani bharat ji. you both taught very well to my son and all the children in very critical situation, it's was the pandemic time but you both provided vidya danam which is most valuable thing, it is said (vidya dhanam sarwa dhanam pradhanam. Thanks alot for sharing your knowledge to my son and all the children.
Dhanyawad.
Lokesh Pandey- Parent of Yugaadya Pandey 
I would like to thank the Hindi level one team. Each one of them is very supportive and clarify kids doubts with enthusiasm all the time. Here is my daughter Vaishnavi Mane’s experience she wrote in words. But just the words are not enough to thank teachers
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Kumari Baburao- Parent of Vaishnavi Mane
My son Ahaan is a student of Priyadarshiniji and Ashishji. Ahaan and his other classmates are fortunate to have wonderful teachers like them. They have put their best foot forward to make sure all students understand, participate, and learn basic Hindi. They even volunteered extra time to help students be prepared for next level. Priyadarshiniji and Ashishji are very much committed to class and love all students as their own, which is very important as a teacher. Teaching and managing class virtually is very challenging but they did a fabulous job. They are very patient and handled parent’s queries very well. Moreover, Ashishji’s Baatoon Baatoon mein is a very good initiative by him and Hindi Group. He is very committed and dedicated to the class. The students got opportunity to talk and express themselves in Hindi. He made sure each and every student got a chance to speak and improve their Hindi. We really appreciate the hours they devoted not only in the class but outside the class that went in preparation, and execution of lectures and exams. Thank you Priyadarshiniji and Ashishji for your hard work, commitment, and selfless devotion towards the class.
Thank you so much for a wonderful year!
Best wishes,
Pooja- Parent of Ahaan Goyal
My both daughter's started learning Hindi this year. Priya mam and Ashish sir are wonderful teachers. Their dedication towards teaching is amazing. I haven't seen such dedication ever in voluntary work. Most important thing is the kids love them and happy to join the class. I wish them best luck and continue to see many more years contributing the community. In own words of My daughters Swara: I am happy to learn Hindi. I love my teacher Diksha: The way they teach is great and they teach very thoroughly.
Turwale ji – Parent of Swara and Diksha
"My daughter joined Vidya Vikas last year, she loves and enjoyed it. Her Hindi communication and writing skills have greatly improved. Their conversation club, speech contests help them to speak confidently. They have great teachers. It’s an excellent Program I highly recommend.
Thank You
Rajni Mehra- Parent of Adwita

Level 3 testimonials

"Ms Ratna has been a wonderful teacher and  has successfully  invoked the interest for hindi language in my 7yr old. Difficult topics like matra and grammer were taught very methodically. We as parents are very grateful for Vidya Vikas teachers who so graciously volunteer their time and expertise in educating our kids".
Shweta Sinha 
Thank you for all you do for your students. You made learning Hindi fun, exciting, and alive. I appreciate all the hard work you put into this class and getting kids involved throughout the year with learning activities. Aadya learnt not only the language but also improved in Spelling, and Writing as well. This has helped Aadya in building confidence in herself. You are a very patient teacher with a loving heart. Thank you so much for being a great teacher.
From Shukla’s Family- Parent of Aadya Shukla
Vidya Vikas Hindi Classes are such an incredible, fun way to learn Hindi. The teachers are so enthusiastic about this incredible service they are doing for us! They create such an amazing, stress free learning environment, and I always look forward to my classes! Thank you, for this amazing year. I am eagerly awaiting the next one!
Amit Asopa- Parent of Anushka Asopa

Level 4 testimonials

Level 5 testimonials

First of all, thank you for the program, and appreciate all your constant efforts, and follow-ups, and teaching for Hindi-level 5 this (unusual) year. It was a very good program, a good syllabus and nice classes all around. Also, a thumbs up for the adjustments made for the online-only mode of the classes. I liked the tests, oral/written exams, home works and Nisha ma'am encouraging the kids to talk more and more during the classes.

I have seen significant improvements with Tanay in understanding Hindi (we are non-Hindi speakers but watch Hindi movies, news, etc.), I am encouraging him to talk in Hindi too which may need a little more push from our side.

Overall, it was a great year with Hindi classes, and thank you for your help and encouragement

Thanks and Regards,
Mukesh Yedamale Bhat - Parent of Tanay

I just wanted to let you know what an amazing teacher Nisha ji is. What really impressed me was her ability to keep kids engaged and interested in the subject irrespective of how challenging the lessons became and a virtual environment. She came across as someone who was sincerely interested in their growth and development in the Hindi language and taught them with patience, utmost sincerely and affection, which is what drew them towards her. They attended the classes without fussing and the whole year just seemed to breeze through only because of such a wonderful teacher.

I truly appreciate her sincere efforts and dedication. The kids were truly blessed to have such an amazing teacher.

Regards, Komala

The Hindi program at the DFW temple is well planned and executed. It is a great endeavor to make curriculum of each level and finding right teacher volunteers. Sometimes it surprises me that how dedicated and sincere most of the teachers are even though this is not their paid job. From the bottom of my heart, I appreciate all the efforts that these teachers put in every single detail from lesson plans to assessment and from weekly engagement to year-end program. I also admire the Hindi coordinate (ex and new) board that tries to facilitate new programs, such as Hindi-mela, speech competition, and stage performances every year to promote Hindi and bring some excitement among kids and parents. It is only because of the Hindi program, we started to join the VV classes.

Now, I would like to take a moment to thank the Level V teacher, Nisha ji, in particular. She is very humble, sweet, and kind. We are thankful for her dedication and selfless service for our children and the temple. She tries to make every class interactive and motivates students by continuously giving constructive feedback. In Praneel’s words: “Ms. Nisha is patient, helpful, and innovative.” He liked everything the class, such as the project, speech, and year-end performances, but his favorite part was when students were asked to prepare and converse with each other based on real life scenarios. He says he would like to have more student to student Hindi talk in future.

I want to thank you, each member of the coordinate board and Nisha ji once again.

Nilakshi- Parent of Praneel

The Hindi Level 5 classes this year had the right level of difficulty. Everyone adapted very well to the use of technology for remote learning. The subject matter and interaction made the class interesting for Vir, so he was always eager to attend the class every Sunday. Thanks for all the hard work that went into making this possible.

Regards,Mohit- Parent of Vir Dubey

Thank you for teaching kids with great love and passion, praising kids for their good work and offering constructive feedback when a student does poor work. Usually this happens only when the teacher enjoys teaching.

Abhishek enjoyed the class very much and he learnt a lot.

Hema Misra- Parent of Abhishek Misra

Thanks for your wonderful teaching, time being support, and great guidance. I feel lucky to have you as a teacher.

Thanks Priyadharshan

Level 6 testimonials

Our 7 years’ journey with Vidya Vikas Hindi program has been a transformative experience. This program has helped both our kids learn to speak, read, and write Hindi through the years. The program covers teaching Hindi grammar topics too which are difficult to learn otherwise.

This year in level 6, Vandanaji was our teacher. She made Hindi class seem like an easy and fun class through which my daughter was able to learn reading, writing, and speaking Hindi equally. Vandanaji made a point to talk in Hindi in her class - this helped our daughter to learn and enhance a conversation with good Hindi vocabulary words. Vandanaji was available for any query we or our daughter had about the class. This is a very helpful program to learn Hindi at all levels. The teachers are very hardworking and they go an extra mile to teach Hindi to the kids in a fun way.

Thank you,
Ashish and Deepali Bohra- Parent of Arya Bohra

Hindi Level 6 was a very fun and interactive class. We learned more about grammar, read stories and poems, and did projects, while maintaining the fun of the class. My hindi vocabulary improved a lot as we learned new words each week. Mrs. Sirotiya makes the class very interactive and interesting, and you don’t leave the class without learning something new. Along with the class, you also get to participate in the Hindi Mela and the speech competition, which are both great experiences. Hindi is helpful in my life as it allows me to communicate with my family back in India. Hindi has helped me better understand my culture and enabled me to be a part of our home country while living here.

Samarth Sarda

Teachers’ Aide – Testimonials

The Hindi Teacher’s Aid program of Vidya vikas is a very helpful program where the kids come up with innovative ideas and interesting ways to assist the teachers to teach Hindi in all levels. This has helped our daughter groom herself better in learning more about Hindi language. She even helped to create Hindi games and come up with creative ideas to help kids learn Hindi. Pooja ji is the TA teacher, and she works hard with them, helping TAs focus, come up with new ideas, and put them in to action. She is very patient and approachable with the ideas that kids have and helps them to work with the Hindi teachers of all levels. My daughter has been in the TA program for four years and it has helped her grow as a Hindi speaker and a member of the Vidya Vikas community!

Thank you, Ashish and Deepali Bohra- Parent of Prachi Bohra

Hindi Events Pictures at Vidya Vikas

Annual Events

2018 Click here
2012 Click here
2009 Click here

Games Day

2019 Click here
2018 Click here
2016 Click here

Reasons to study Hindi

  • To know one of the most widely spoken languages, spoken by 500-800 million people.
  • To understand Hindi movies and songs.
  • To connect with people in India, an emerging country in the global economy.
  • To have an opportunity to understand Indian culture and your Indian roots.
  • To connect with your extended family in India.
  • To use it as a secret language with your friends.
  • To fulfill the two year foreign language requirement to graduate from high school. Hindi, a language that you may be already familiar with, can be taken as a foreign language in some public schools in the US. Several ISD’s are offering credit by exam for the Hindi as the foreign language.
  • To have the opportunity to participate in programs offered by UT Austin and others where a field trip to India is as a part of the curriculum.
  • To fulfill graduation requirement in college, you can take Hindi as one of the courses.
History of Hindi Hindi is fast becoming a global language spoken across the national and racial barriers. With about a half a billion people in more than a dozen countries spread across the continents speaking Hindi, it is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. The recent resurgence of boundless energy and enthusiasm in business, politics and culture of India, where Hindi predominates, has made this language an important player on the global scene. With its undeniable impact in the international business, arts and culture, it is conceivable that Hindi may soon claim a place among the global languages such as English, French, Spanish, etc. Hindi, like most Indian languages, is a member of Indo-European family of languages. Its origins date back to the 7th century, and has since evolved into many regional dialects. Some of its dialects include Khariboli, Haryanvi, Kanauji in Western India and Awadhi, Bhojpuri, Magadhi in Eastern India. Pahari is spoken in the Northern mountainous regions of India. Another dialect of Hindi, Maithili, spoken by about 50 million people has recently gained recognition as a separate language in the Indian state of Bihar. Hindi is the official language of Republic of India, and is recognized in the Constitution of India, along with English, as the preferred communication medium for central (federal) government. Hindi is the predominant language among many Northern Indian states such as Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. These states together are commonly referred to as the ‘Hindi Belt’, and generally determine the outcome of political victories in the Indian general elections. Beyond these states, Hindi is widely spoken and understood throughout India, especially in large urban areas across the Indian landmass, in cities like Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, among others. Outside India, Hindi is spoken in several countries including Australia, Canada, Fiji, Guyana, Mauritius, Nepal, New Zealand, South Africa, Surinam, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Hindi is written in the Nagari or Devanagri script, and is read and written left to right using a set of letters to represent vowels and consonants. The Nagari script as it is adopted for Hindi has been standardized by the Indian government in 1954. The script is phonetic and represents the sounds of spoken language very closely, so that a person who knows the letters can pronounce a written Hindi text comprehensibly. Because of its unique historical development, Hindi derives much of its vocabulary from diverse sources including Sanskrit, Persian, Arabic, and English among others. Formal Hindi, used in official documents, public addresses, broadcast programs, etc. utilizes Sanskrit for much of its vocabulary while the colloquial Hindi uses other sources including Sanskrit. In the Indian tradition, the letters of the alphabet are classified and tabulated in a specific manner based on the way the sound is emitted. The specifics of this classification system are not particularly relevant for the usage of the language. Furthermore, the exact number and usage of consonants and even vowels seems to differ among various traditions. However, there are two features that require special attention by non-Indian speakers. The first is the contrast between aspirated and non-aspirated consonants. In Hindi, the aspirated consonants (such as kha and dha), produced with an audible expulsion of breath, are clearly distinguished from the unaspirated consonants (such as ka and da), while in non-Indian languages such as English, this distinction is much less pronounced. The second feature in Hindi language which may cause some confusion among non-Indian speakers is the contrast between dental consonants (such as ta and da) and their retroflex counterparts (pronounced with the tip of the tongue is curled upwards against palate). For most of the day-to-day usage and comprehension of the language, however, these differences may not be critical. An introduction to Hindi language cannot be complete without a tribute to the special contribution made by the Hindi movies, for Hindi language films play an important role in popular Indian culture. The songs filmed for the Hindi movies are very popular among Indians, so much so that songs filmed decades ago are still regularly featured in radio and TV programs. Moreover, the popularity of the Hindi film songs extends beyond the Hindi Belt region of India, such as Punjab, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh which do not speak Hindi as a native language. Hindi movies and its music are also popular abroad, in Nepal, Tibet, Pakistan, Iran, Africa, China and Russia. The popularity of the Hindi movies seems to be steadily gaining among non-Indian peoples of Great Britain and the United States as well. Indeed, Hindi movies deserve to be credited as a unique and unifying cultural force in modern India. Did you know?
  • In the US most large universities (and some smaller ones too) have a Hindi language program.
  • Two school districts in Texas offer Hindi in their public schools at the middle and/or high school levels.
  • University of Texas at Austin has a Hindi-Urdu flagship program where students go on a field trip to India during third year of their studies.
  • Hindi day is celebrated in India and many countries throughout the world. The exact date differs between countries.
  • Each year summer programs to learn Hindi (and Indian culture) are offered in many cities through Startalk program (http://www.startalk.umd.edu/).
Resources: The internet is full of loads of other great Hindi websites and resources that you can learn from. Here’s a list of some of the best that I’ve found that will hopefully be able to help you!
  • Hindi Script Tutor – Probably the best tool to learn the Devanagari script online!
  • A Door Into Hindi – A great site with a selection of short Hindi videos together with their transcript and grammar explanations.
  • HindiLanguage.info – An excellent grammar resource for Hindi. Covers lots of trickier grammar points.
  • Hindi Urdu Flagship – A large collection of many Hindi learning resources. Highly recommended.
  • Shabdkosh – The best online free Hindi-English Dictionary.
  • Pratham Books – A Non-Profit organization that aims to help Indian children read. Thanks to them we are able to host many free Hindi books, which you can find here.
Language Education Websites: There is also a huge range of language education websites which could be really useful to you!
  • Duolingo – Probably the best online language website. They have a great Hindi for English speaker course which will be a fantastic addition to support your language learning!
  • Memrise – A website where anyone can create a language course using flashcards. In particular this course is great for Hindi.
  • Speaky – A language exchange website – put in the languages you know and the languages you want to learn and it will pair you with someone who you can exchange language knowledge with.
  • Anki – A flashcard application that can really help you memorize anything! This is great for learning vocabulary. Just load in new words as you learn them and then the software will help you remember them!
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