Learning a new language might be a frustrating experience for most people, especially in the beginning. So before you start it is important to plan ahead and determine how much time you will dedicate each day, what tools you will use, what you will learn first, what level you will try to achieve and how much money will you spend on your learning tools. Having a clear plan might be one of the most important factors that will determine your success with this language.
Learn Hindi via books.
In case you prefer to learn on your own there are quite a lot of books that you can get cheaply from Amazon. These books are definitely up to some limit; however it might be a good way to start learning.
This book can be a great help for those who are interested in learning Hindi writing system. It is step by step guide, so it is a great choice for total beginners. The purpose of this book is to help you learn how to read and write in Devanagari script. The book has 192 pages so it is definitely worth this low price.
If you enjoy learning new vocabulary through flash cards, this can be a great additional learning tool for you. The cards are written in both Devanagari and Romanized script, so you would be able to learn in both writing systems. The vocabulary consists of a total of 2240 words (448 main words and ~1700 related words), so it’s a great value for money if you are interested in learning Hindi vocabulary.
This book is designed for beginners of Hindi learners. It will teach you basic conversation phrases, alphabet and how to pronounce each sound and some basic grammar rules. The price is quite high compared with other similar books, but it is 352 pages long so it can be said that it is worth the price.
When learning a new language buying a dictionary is inevitable step at some point. Having a dictionary is beneficial since you can always look up words you don’t know, translate text while reading and etc., which is essential for expanding your list of vocabulary. The Oxford dictionary for Hindi is quite reasonably priced, includes 1103 pages and has good rating from its users; therefore it might be worth checking it out.
These are only a few examples of the books that are available on Amazon for learning Hindi or any other language. And if you don’t have even a small budget on books you can always visit your local library. There might not be such a huge choice of books that are dedicated for teaching you Hindi, but I am quite sure you will be able to find at least a few.
Learn Hindi via Online courses.
When it comes to Hindi the choice of online courses is still quite limited. Although there are a few that might be worth your attention. One of these is Rocket course, which is popular language software for learning languages like Spanish, French and German. Currently there is only one level available for learners of Hindi, so it can be a great way to start learning for beginner and intermediate level learners. The program includes various features such as games, different software for learning vocabulary, writing and audio lessons with culture notes. It is also one of the cheapest options for those who are interested in online course ($99.95 for lifetime access). The next online program that can help you learn Hindi is Pimsleur. It is an audio based course, therefore it only teaches you how to speak and understand Hindi. It is a great choice for those who are planning to travel to a speaking country soon and need to learn some phrases. The third course for learning Hindi is well-known software for language learning Rosetta Stone. Although the program is designed for total beginners you should already be familiar with Hindi grammar or have additional material that would explain it. In my opinion Rosetta Stone is a great software for those who want to learn more vocabulary and phrases in a fun way. In case you are interested in any of these courses you should check more detail reviews of them in this website.
Learn via free resources.
In case you don’t have any money to spend for learning Hindi this is definitely not the end of the world. You can definitely find free websites that offer explanations on grammar, vocabulary lists and etc. One of my favorite places to look for free material is YouTube. You can find quite a lot of videos that will teach you basics, so it is definitely a good way to start learning. As it was mentioned before it might be also a good idea to visit your local library and look for books that you can borrow. Depending on your living area it might be easier or more difficult to find books for learning Hindi. One of my favorite websites for learning new languages is memrise. It is totally free website and it has a few courses for Hindi that can help you to learn some new vocabulary.
General tips on how to learn Hindi on your own.
- One of the first steps while learning Hindi should be to learn the alphabet. Learning Devanagari would allow you to start reading quite fast; since all letters in the alphabet are pronounced the way it is written.
- The second step should be to learn some useful vocabulary and most important phrases. A good way to start would be to learn numbers, months, weeks, items that surround, how to say hello and goodbye, introduce yourself, say about your hobbies and interests and etc.
- The third step should be to learn basic grammar rules and how they are different from English language. This will allow you to make fewer mistakes while trying to speak.
- When you get familiar with Hindi vocabulary and some grammar rules it might be a good idea to surround yourself with Indian culture. Due to the fact that Bollywood movies are quite popular it shouldn’t be too difficult to find a few and watch them during your free time. Also there is quite a lot of Indian music available on YouTube, which you can listen for free and improve your listening skills. Surrounding yourself with Indian culture might be a good way to not only improving your language skills, but also understand how to better communicate with Indian people.