Where can I learn Hindi in Delhi???

#1 Apr 6th, 2004, 02:31
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Hello,

What a great site! A great way to spend my dreary day: dreaming of India! I didnīt know where the best place to post this was, so I figured I would do it here. I want to learn Hindi but the classes are very expensive in DC. Plus, I want an excuse to get back to India and there would be no better place to learn than there. So, if anyone knows of any schools/academies/courses/tutors, etc. (preferably in Delhi) it would be very helpful! I have already done many internet searches and not really been able to find much.......danyavad
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I would (and indeed, did) spent a couple months in Mussoorie as opposed to Delhi. The Landour Language School is incredible - and Mussoorie is a lot more peaceful and clean than Delhi.

Course, if you want to be in Delhi I'm sure there are some good schools or instructors there too, but I don't know of them

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A couple related questions, Shannon:

1. Did you know any Hindi before you arrived at Landour Language school?

2. Did you learn written as well as spoken? and do they advise learning both together (as a way to get phoentics down)?

3. In 2 months (I assume intensive?) training at Landour, did you feel like you learned enough that you could get around OK without English?

Thanks.
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Julee,

1) I knew maybe a couple vocab words before arriving - very little.

2) At Landour, they advise learning them together. At the time I was kind of annoyed at the shared focus on the script and reading, because what i really wanted to do was SPEAK Hindi.

However, after the time there, I was quite happy I knew how to read. I don't have to rely on anyone at train stations, and I can read road markers without waiting for the Indian ones. I can also read menus at roadside stands so I know I am being charged the right amount.

Landour uses its own texts, and they are designed to learn both speaking and reading (with some focus on writing). I am not sure if they do oral work only, as it would be hard with their books.

Plus...there are some challenges for English speakers attempting to learn Hindi. For instance, our "g" and "j" can be pronounced so many ways that pronunciation can be difficult. When you learn the script, you don't run into those problems. A Devanagri character can be pronounced one way only.

3) I absolutely could communicate, with some limitations. I could understand most of what was said, and I could say what I needed to say.

I've lost a lot of my Hindi, but when I went back recently I found that I picked it up again quickly.

Hope that answers the questions!
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Thanks, Shannon.. that's inspiring! Makes me want to go back now!
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A very interesting software for learning Hindi (or just about any other language) is the Rosettastone (do a search and it will come up). You can download several lessons for free. I wish I had had more time to do it before going to India...but imagine my friend's surprise when at Bikaneer fort I pointed to the airplane and said: Havai Jahaz! I was surprised I remembered, and even more surprised that I could find an opportunity to say the word airplane.

The software is excellent. I was testing it (using Hindi) to see if it would be worthwhile for our school to order it for other languages.

Learning Hindi in India would be fantastic--but if you have a good background before you go--even if it is a passive sort of knowledge which you would get from a computer course--it would make you learn Hindi all the much faster once there.

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Shannon,

I looked at the Landour Language school's website...looks great and Mussoorie is a beautiful town. I will email them for more information. Do you think two months is enough to get a basic grasp of the language or would you recommend a longer stay? Was it private tuition or larger classes? Thanks!
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I realize it's been a long time since the poster asked this question but this is like the third thing that pops up when you google "learn hindi in delhi". I just feel like I have to make this info available that there's this awesome place called Zabaan in East of Kailash. I've been learning Hindi there for the past few months and it's been the absolute highlight of days here. I've attempted some 5 different languages in college and I can honestly say that I have found the best language teacher I've ever had and I have had A LOT of them. I highly recommend them to anybody in Delhi looking for a place to learn Hindi. They're background is international which is a huge plus because anybody who has tried to learn from a standard Indian teacher can immediately tell the learning style here is very different. I couldn't stand to not share this info since it's been my best Delhi discovery yet; hope some other people get to experience it too.
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Hi Kathakar,

I am David from Sweden. See it was a long time you have posted this note now, but thanks for this note on Zabaan, it might even been here I first heard of it! My plans is now to go to Delhi this summer and study at Zabaan. And then move to Delhi in the beginning of next year to continue my studies there.
Do you have any advice as I am going to study there? Did you go for group- or private instructions? Which level did study to at Zabaan?

This summer I will stay at a friends place, but next year do you have any advice where you can rent a place close to east of kailash? I have also thought about to continue my studies at the Uni in Delhi, taking a BA in hindi. Do you know anything about studying hindi at Uni?

Lot's of question, hope you do not mind!
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A side note on the OP's note is that there are at least a couple of alternatives in Delhi. The Kendriya Hindi Sanstha, American Institute of Indian Studies (at least in the summer). I agree with #4 about learning Devanagari, big time. If you come in summer flee for your life as first it gets hot, then it gets humid..
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Is it possible to study hindi at Delhi University from scratch? Something like a 3-year BA program, but starting from beginners level?
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Hi SwedishDave,

Congrats on making the good choice to study Hindi in Delhi. There's nothing like studying the language when you can go out and use it all the time, it really makes a difference.

I stand by my earlier review of Zabaan, it has been my best language learning experience. They really get you learning the language very quickly! I came in as a complete beginner and studied with them doing private lessons for a year until I moved back to the States this past winter. I studied both Hindi and Urdu with them. Looking back I wish I could have taken more classes. What really sets them apart is that the two guys that created Zabaan (Ali and Christoph) have been in your shoes before, they themselves have learned the language and know what difficulties students face when learning it. Also, since they are originally from the States their explanations are a lot more clear than what you get with Indian teachers. That makes a world of difference! They are also complete masters of the language and their dedication and interest in teaching is like nothing I've seen before. So basically you're in good hands and I think you'll enjoy yourself. They also have some great native Indian teachers there as well. The best advice I can give you for learning there would be to seriously dedicate yourself to learning and you'll get SO much out of it.

If you're looking for a place near Zabaan, there are a lot of rentals around there. But if it's not in your price range you may just consider less expensive neighborhood on that metro line since Zabaan is located close to a metro station. It should be relatively easy to find a place, just ask around when you get there. I'm sure the folks at Zabaan can point you in the right direction. Also, if you get on expat forums you'll see a few opportunities to room with other expats to share the living cost.

About Delhi University, I don't have much experience. I do know a girl that went there for Hindi as a beginner but I don't believe she went for a degree. I can inquire with her if you like.

Best,
Tessa

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