Today’s post comes courtesy of international business contributor Priti S.
More than 350 million people in the world speak Hindi. Suffice it to say, it’s not some obscure world language. Learning Hindi can be beneficial for anyone, but it’s also challenging. If you’re an English-speaker, you’ll not only need to learn a new language, but a new alphabet and script as well. If you’re up for task, there are lots of online resources to help you. Here are six that can get you started; look at all of them to find what works for you. Remember, practice makes perfect!
Learn Hindi Online is a website that contains lots of helpful information on Hindi script/the alphabet and Hindi grammar. All the information is free, so you can read it and practice at your own pace. New material should be added to the site in the future, but for now it is an excellent resource for an in-depth introduction to Hindi script and grammar.
Suno Sunao is an online program that is mainly geared toward children, however adults can use the program, too. There are programs designed for different ages, starting at age 3. A yearly subscription to the website costs $35. There are worksheets, exercises, and video lessons, and it teaches vocabulary, grammar, reading, and writing. The materials are available for at-your-own-pace learning, and an adult facilitator is recommended for helping young children.
HindiPod101 is an innovative way to study and practice Hindi. With a free account, you can access audio and video podcasts, in which a knowledgeable instructor will teach you Hindi. There are PDF lesson notes and study tools like interactive flashcards. There is a community forum where you can discuss with other Hindi learners. You can also download the mobile app to learn while you’re on-the-go.
HindiLearner is a website that offers online audio courses for learning Hindi, and there are resources for people of all skill levels. The online course costs $30, and some resources are an additional cost. It’s a site, however, that promises customizable lesson plans and attentive customer support that will help you reach your goals no matter what.
This website offers free audio lessons that will teach you many different popular vocabulary words and phrases. You can learn essential phrases in categories like greetings, counting, at the hotel, and socializing. It’s a great site for quick information of conversational phrases. It also offers several articles with tips and tricks on how to effectively learn Hindi.
On this website you can access vocabulary and phrase lists that teach you basic information about the language. For each English word, you’re given the proper pronunciation in Hindi as well as the word written in Hindi script. You can learn numbers, adjectives, “survival terms” (like, “Help!”), and more. The coolest feature on this site is the free virtual Hindi keyboard, which gives you the ability to type things using Hindi script. You can then copy and paste your text anywhere.
About the Author
Priti S. helps global students learn Hindi online utilizing Skype as a bridge for engagement.