what's the best way to learn hindi?

#1 Oct 19th, 2005, 13:09
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hey folks!
i'm really wanting to learn hindi, to at least a conversational level before i go to india next fall, and eventually fluently. have any of you learned hindi as adults? are there any methods, programs, or resources you'd recommend?
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Hey..Salam namaste!!!

U get lots of Hindi-english learning books. I think that will be the best starting point for you..And slowly start watching Hindi movies U will learn Hindi in no time!!!
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I'm doing it at the moment and have learned through a bunch of tools:
Lonely Planet Phrasebook and the tape that came with it
Teach Yourself Hindi (Rupert Snell)
Classes at Australian National University and through Open University

They're in order of how much use they've been to me - the LP's good for a very basic understanding of key words, not much help with reading or writing. Teach Yourself.. is pretty good and I think you can get tapes with it too, I just like a bit of feedback when I'm trying to learn it.
You can't really beat the classes at Uni, but they're relatively expensive and time-consuming

Once you've learned the basics of grammar and vocabulary, watch a few Bollywood DVDs and they'll help things along nicely
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Hey there, I'm doing the same thing - well, using the LP phrasebook and online dictionaries to try and learn a little bit before I go in January.

Are Indians like the French at all - you know how they tend to look down on you if you *try* to speak French (in my case, very badly) or will they be happy that you show the effort?


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Originally Posted by Fresa81 Are Indians like the French at all - you know how they tend to look down on you if you *try* to speak French (in my case, very badly) or will they be happy that you show the effort?
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Indians will not look down on you if you try to speak Hindi. They will help you and try to understand what you are saying. You may be surprised to know that many Indians do not speak Hindi at all especially in the South and the NorthEast.
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Originally Posted by Fresa81 Hey there, I'm doing the same thing - well, using the LP phrasebook and online dictionaries to try and learn a little bit before I go in January.

Are Indians like the French at all - you know how they tend to look down on you if you *try* to speak French (in my case, very badly) or will they be happy that you show the effort?


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Nobody will look down on you.. in fact they will love you for the effort.. great way to see smiles on all the faces around you Instead of saying hello.. say "namaste" to everyone. .. they will be more than happy to help you out
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There's a great online Hindi course: A Door Into Hindi
It offers two dozen lessons with grammar and vocabulary and with dialoges in form of video clips!
Great work, and all for free!

Another great course for learning Hindi alone, is the Rosetta Stone course. But it's a bit outside of my budget: 300$
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Originally Posted by Fresa81 Hey there, I'm doing the same thing - well, using the LP phrasebook and online dictionaries to try and learn a little bit before I go in January.

Are Indians like the French at all - you know how they tend to look down on you if you *try* to speak French (in my case, very badly) or will they be happy that you show the effort?


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Frenchmen looked down on you for trying to speak French???
Normally acting like an uncultured Anglo-Saxon colonial (assuming that everybody speaks English) is what will make you unpopular.

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>>>> Are Indians like the French at all - you know how they tend to look down on you if you *try* to speak French (in my case, very badly) or will they be happy that you show the effort?

I thought the French would not talk to you if you did not speak to them in French, and if you even tried to speak their language then probably even help you out in English, but here it is the opposite, even if you just use the general word for hello or greeting Namaste or Namaskar then most Indians will be very happy to hear that you are speaking their language and if you speak a few words in Hindi then be even more delighted and start being very friendly with you. Sort of breaks the ice, I guess, but this is only in the northern and central parts of India. India is a diverse country with so many different languages and cultures that Hindi is not the main language in the South and is not much used by the people or the local governments there. Do not use Hindi in the South, not many people like it nor will they speak or understand it so it is as bad as not talking French in France!!! Speak in English and you will get by in most places in the South without much of a problem!!! Hope this helps.

About the general Hindi learning books and Lonely Planet guide to Hindi it should be enough to get you by with some phrases for normal bargaining or getting some information or buying tea, coffee or food on the train. Also helps sometimes when as a female traveller you wish to talk to women in India who may not understand English and may have their husbands or other males as translators but you would rather speak to them without one!!!

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The Rosetta Stone is a nice way to learn but a bit expensive --- although you can find it on internet for download (like i did .
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Originally Posted by kokopelli The Rosetta Stone is a nice way to learn but a bit expensive --- although you can find it on internet for download (like i did .
I also have a Pimsleur's learn hindi mp3's (click the link google is your friend!!)
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Originally Posted by Count Zero Frenchmen looked down on you for trying to speak French???
Normally acting like an uncultured Anglo-Saxon colonial (assuming that everybody speaks English) is what will make you unpopular.

cheers

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Woah woah Count, no offence intended.
I'm not even an Anglo-Saxon colonial - I'm Spanish! English wasn't even my first language nor my last! I was just asking, tongue-in-cheek, from *my* limited experience with French citizens! I was looked down upon in France because I *am* Spanish and they assume that I should be fluent in French because all kids in Europe are taught their neighbouring countries' languages!
<--- I grew up here, so am different!

I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to be fluent in Hindi by the time I get to India, but that ain't going to happen so I will try my best to learn snatches here and there and pick some more up as I go!

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If you can learn devanagri as well, rather than concentrating on just speaking and listening, I would recommend it - it makes it a LOT easier to get the pronunciation right, and as a bonus you can read signs etc
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I agree with guerik,...

...learning the script will allow you to read signs. Think of those bus stations...
You can learn the script by yourself. Try my favorite site for this, Devanagri

For learning Hindi, I have two suggestions: see if you can audit at a college near you, or post in craigslist asking for a tutor. Maybe you have something to trade for the lessons, and that way they will be cheaper or not cost anything.

Fresa, the old stereotype about the French no longer holds, in my opinion. Give them another chance.
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Devanagari is the only way to go if you really want understandable Hindi. But, the best way to learn a language is to use it without embarrasment or reluctance. People will overlook tons of errors in the spirit of things. This doesn't hold with Chitpavan Brahmins in Pune for Marathi but it does for the French..

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