For those who are interested in sprucing up their Hindi, there is a very thorough Hindi class available online. The best part? It’s FREE!
A Door Into Hindi is offered by North Carolina State University. The course is by Dr. Afronz Taj. It was sponsored in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
There are 24 lessons. Each lesson has a video – filmed in India or Pakistan, entirely in Hindi. There is also a written script of each lesson’s dialog. The script is not transliterated into English, you will need to become familiar with the Devangari writing system – but from my own experience, it is much better to learn to read and write at the same time as you learn to speak. In addition to the video and script, many of the lessons offer a downloadable mp3 file – which would be great to put on your ipod to keep the lesson fresh in your mind!
You will also find a vocabulary list with sound & English translation. Additional resources for each lesson include: grammar lessons, exercises, quizzes, cultural notes, and video clips of the professor teaching in a classroom setting.
Overall, I’d say this is a fabulous resource. I have found a few broken links, but hopefully they will fix those. I’ve learned a lot from this and hope to keep studying it! Click here to get started with, A Door Into Hindi! Let me know what you think!