How to learn Hindi – a primer

Today I broke my no-newspapers-during-the week rule – how else to get through the Saturday paper and its supplements – to get The Guardian.

Its Languages For The 21st Century series reached Hindi and, having steadfastly not opened the Teach Yourself Hindi book I bought three years ago, I thought the little primer might ease me into learning the language.

It’s available online, which will be handy for future reference, along with three short audio segments that can be steamed or downloaded as mp3s.

Introduction – how Hindi works

Hindi pronunciation guide

Bengali novelist Amit Chaudhuri on Hindi’s development

Devengari script tables – how to read Hindi characters

Vocabulary – meeting people (phrases/audio)

Vocabulary – at a hotel (phrases/audio)

Vocabulary – at the market (phrases/audio)

Perhaps the ten-year language plan should include Mandarin Chinese and Arabic.

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