The Hindi language is one of the primary languages of India. It’s also one of the most spoken languages on the planet with 270 million native speakers. The Language belongs to the Indo-Aryan branch of the Indo-European language tree. This means that Hindi is actually related to English, although very remotely. Modern standard Hindi evolved from the interaction of early speakers of Khari Boli with Muslim invaders from Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, Central Asia, and elsewhere. As the new immigrants settled and began to adjust to the Indian social environment, their languages—which were ultimately lost—enriched Khari Boli.
Hindi is not as difficult to learn as languages such as Korean and Arabic, but it’s not done on a weekend either. If you were to study for around 1 hour a day, becoming fluent in Hindi could take about 3 years or more. But it’s possible to get there faster as well. Or it could take a very long time. Learning a language like Hindi is an amazing process, and every stage of it can be very fulfilling. But time is money, and although we would all love to have limitless time to improve our language skills, the truth is that our personal and professional life leave little time to learn a language: in this blog, we’ll learn what is the way to learn functional Hindi in a normal amount of time:
Things to know
The Language You Are Learning
As a general rule, languages that have similar roots are easier and take less time to learn. The Hindi language has Sanskrit roots. Sanskrit comes from the Indo-European group of languages, which caters to a whole range of language groups: Slavic, Iranian, Germanic, Baltic, etc. Sanskrit gave birth to a lot of other Indian languages other than Hindi. Even though Hindi has completely different roots, there are still a lot of English words that remain the same as Hindi. These words can save you time when learning some Hindi vocabulary.
Learn Devanagari Alphabet
When considering learning the Hindi language, a lot of people immediately find themselves put off by the sight of the Hindi alphabet, Devanagari. While it’s very beautiful and exotic looking to most new learners, it’s also something that puts off a lot of beginners and sometimes even makes them decide not to study Hindi. The Hindi alphabet is simply a set of letters corresponding to a set of sounds. When you learn them by heart, you can read and write in Hindi.
Spend some quality time with Pronunciation
Hindi has 48 different letters which are almost twice as many as in English. The main reason for this is that most consonants in Hindi have two variants. An aspirated version and an unaspirated version. Hindi pronunciation is not that hard to learn, but since you’ll have to focus on certain slight differences, it might take a little longer to get it right.
Reminding yourself why you want to learn Hindi, how it will improve your life, and everything good that can come from learning it can help you to stay motivated and, therefore, speed up the time necessary to learn it. The rewarding experience of being able to hold a meaningful conversation in another language should really keep you motivated, so do keep up the good work!
Learning Hindi takes dedication and patience. Most people end up giving up before reaching their goals, so it’s important to know what to expect before getting started. Now you have an idea. On the other hand, finally getting to the point where you realize that you’ve now become fluent in the Hindi language is worth all of these efforts.
So if you’re ready, start learning Hindi today!