Let’s Learn Hindi!


Well, actually, nothing here is in Hindi yet ^_^

 

I am trying to learn Hindi these days.  My soon-to-be mother-in-law (love all those hyphens, lol) doesn’t speak English, so I’ve got to learn Hindi and then one day, Marathi.  I’m starting with Hindi first as there are fewer resources for learning Marathi.

I’ve became a life-long learner of foreign languages about 12 years ago, when I started learning Japanese.  Til date, I have learned Japanese, a decent amount of Korean, and a bit of Chinese.  As a result, I have had a lot of interaction with various modes of foreign language learning, as well as books, videos, tutors, you name it.

Though I may have a bias because the primary venue for my previous foreign language studies was college, I find that the existing materials for Hindi language learning leave a lot to be desired.  I have purchased many of the available textbooks, and while some are better than others, well….that doesn’t mean they are great.

 

So what I’ve decided to do is leave my notes here for other Hindi learners as I progress in my studies.  At the moment, I am using Elementary Hindi (Amazon affiliate link) from Tuttle.  This comes with an CD and I recommend purchasing the workbook, as well -> http://amzn.to/1I3dqof (Amazon affiliate link).  Indeed these are the best books available at the moment, but I still take issue with them as topics are not in the best order and explanations often the meaningful grammatical complexity needed to make one a sophisticated and flexible speaker of the language .  Part of this is because it is necessary to learn Devanagari (Hindi script) to really proceed and priority is given to structuring lessons with almost non-existent grammar points to achieve this.

Elementary Hindi    Hindi Textbook

Elementary Hindi Textbook and the Elementary Hindi Workbook

 

For learning Devanagari, I recommend Rupert Snell’s Read and Write Hindi Script (Amazon affiliate link) – I found this to be the most helpful to date for learning to read and write.

Read and Write Hindi

Of course, I am also learning from my fiance and his family!  You honestly need a person in real life to laugh at your pronunciation and then help you fix it.  If you can’t get one of those, Hindipod101 is a great place to go to at least get listening practice.  And if you sign up for one of their subscriptions, you also get recording tools so you can hear what you sound like vs. a native speaker.

 

Hindipod Logo

 

Hopefully, you’ll find my notes helpful!  As always, please feel free to leave a comment, ask a question, or send an email to miromiro@myrainbowhearts.com.  I would love feedback, suggestions, and of course, corrections!

 

~Michelle

 

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