How to Learn Hindi


With the emergence of India as a global powerhouse, more and more people in North America are trying to discover how to learn Hindi. This is a language that is spoken by millions of people worldwide. Along with English, it is one of the two official languages of India, a nation of 347 languages. Only Mandarin, Spanish and English claim more speakers worldwide than Hindi. Although native to India, Hindi is spoken not only there but also in Fiji, Mauritius, Guyana and elsewhere. Moreover, Hindi bears a very close resemblance to Urdu, the national language of Pakistan. Although Hindi and Urdu are written in different alphabets, their colloquial spoken language is virtually indistinguishable in vocabulary and grammar. So someone with a working knowledge of spoken Hindi can speak and understand spoken Urdu. Little wonder why so many people are trying to find out how to learn Hindi.

Some undoubtedly want to know how to learn Hindi in order to enhance their business opportunities. Perhaps they are traveling to India for business, interested in bringing their goods or services to India’s increasingly prosperous middle class. Other people approach India with a goal of spiritual experience or personal growth. And there are other reasons, too. Some people become interested in India because of personal relationships with speakers of Hindi. And others just love Bollywood.

Clearly, there are a number of reasons why people want to learn Hindi. Next comes the question of how to learn Hindi. Even given India’s growing importance internationally, resources for learning the language are scarce. Although enrollment in university Hindi courses has increased in this decade, few US universities offer a Hindi major or even a full course of study in the language. Commercial language schools sometimes offer Hindi courses, but those courses are not readily available everywhere. Private Hindi tutors aren’t easy to find in some locations. Even if you can find one, it isn’t always the best instruction since speaking a language doesn’t always qualify a person to teach it. One of the most reliable ways to learn a language is through self-study, using DVD’s or an online program. Of course, there are drawbacks to learning a language through self-study. It’s hard to keep improving your language skills when you don’t have a teacher to correct you. Besides, the best practice for learning a language is conversation, and there are few opportunities for that with a self-study course.

Still, for someone who wants to know how to learn Hindi, the best course of action may be a self-study program. It can give you the basics of grammar and at the very least the fundamental vocabulary. It is available anywhere you have the equipment necessary for the DVD or online instruction, at a time and a place convenient to you. The best courses offer both written and spoken language instruction and mix the instruction up with games, drills, conversations and lecture. So a diligent language student can be successful and learn a lot through self-study. Self-study language programs are available to you if you live in the largest city or smallest village. So a DVD or online self-study course may be exactly what you are looking for if you are trying to find out how to learn Hindi.

Source by Kathleen Hobbins

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