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Hindi in America Collection

Videos of Conversational Hindi

The Hindi in America Collection includes fully transcribed videos of interviews with Hindi-speakers. The aim of the project is to provide learners with unscripted examples of the contemporary colloquial language.

Other Materials from the University of Texas

A Spoken Thesaurus of Hindi Urdu

The Hindi Thesaurus addresses such questions in a series of lively, unscripted Hindi-medium conversations about groups of words of related meaning. Concentrating on selected mainstream words and phrases, we help you to broaden your active vocabulary by encountering styles of language appropriate for everyday speech. The conversations are between Rupert Snell (Hindi teacher and perpetual Hindi learner) and Neha Ladha (mother-tongue speaker of Hindi). Glossaries for each podcast can be read online or downloaded in PDF format.

Rupert Snell, Neha Ladha

First-Year Hindi Textbooks

The Hindi Urdu Flagship of the University of Texas at Austin offers introductory Hindi coursebooks in PDF format. The first-year Hindi course was adapted from the Gumperz and Rumery Conversational Hindi-Urdu Vol.I (Radhakrishnan Prakashan, Delhi, 1966) by supplementing the existing conversations with Hindi film songs, grammar explanations, exercises, and advertisements and other realia from Hindi newspapers and magazines. Hindi Praveshika includes an introduction to the Devanagari script and simple conversations and exercises such as might be used in a beginning Hindi class. Most of the materials date from the 1970s but the songs are available on YouTube and at this level the language has not undergone a great deal of change. Although the exercises are mostly contained within the books, there is an extra workbook that can be used with Volume I.

Herman van Olphen

Glossaries Alive: Bringing Hindi Words to Life

Glossaries Alive brings Hindi words to life with practice in pronunciation and contextual usage. These recordings introduce the main vocabulary used in Complete Hindi (formerly Teach Yourself Hindi); but they can be used independently of any book, and should be useful for anyone beginning to learn Hindi. We give the Hindi equivalents for common English words and expressions, show how they can be used in context, and drill some of them. The idea is simply to make the words come alive as you hear them pronounced; you’ll also pick up some useful phrases, and reading the words on screen will help you develop your recognition of the Hindi script. Occasionally we throw in a little conversation or a little grammar. Just listen and absorb; pause the recording if you want to repeat something, or to jump in with the appropriate Hindi word before you hear it!

Rupert Snell, Neha Ladha

Hamaarii Bolii

Hamari Boli is a web-based database of video interviews with native Hindi-Urdu speakers. The database features clusters of short video responses to questions covering a wide variety of topics from conversational strategies to social issues.

Hindi Urdu Flagship Program at the University of Texas at Austin

Hindi and Urdu Since 1800: A Common Reader

Hindi and Urdu Since 1800: A Common Reader, by Christopher Shackle and Rupert Snell (London, School of Oriental and African Studies; and New Delhi, Heritage, 1990) is a study of the history and development of modern Hindi and Urdu looks at the composite ancestry of these sister languages in Arabic, Persian, Sanskrit and English. The main section of the book consists of a series of sample passages in Urdu and Hindi; each passage represents a stage in the development of the language and has some aspect of language itself as its primary focus. The book is now out of print, and the Hindi Urdu Flagship of the University of Texas at Austin is glad to make it available in PDF format.

Christopher Shackle, Rupert Snell

Hindi Worksheets

Hindi Worksheets, supplied in PDF format and freely available to anyone who finds them useful, have been written primarily to accompany Rupert Snell's Complete Hindi (formerly ‘Teach Yourself Hindi’) and Beginner’s Hindi course-books.

Rupert Snell

Presenting Hindi

A regularly updated collection of slideshows developed for Hindi teachers and students by the Hindi Urdu Flagship. The slideshow categories include specific language topics (health, the environment, economics, politics) and grammar points (the alphabet, participles, conditionals, etc.) The slideshows are viewable online and also available for download in a variety of formats including Powerpoint, Keynote, PDF, and MP4 video.

Jishnu Shankar