Hindi is an Indo-Aryan language spoken in India. Hindi has been described as a standardized and Sanskritised register of the Hindustani language, which itself is based primarily on the Khariboli dialect of Delhi and neighboring areas of Northern India. Hindi, written in the Devanagari script, is one of the two official languages of India’s Government, along with the English language. It is an official language in 9 States and 3 Union Territories and an additional official language in 3 other States. Hindi is also one of the 22 scheduled languages of the Republic of India.
14th September 1949: Hindi is adopted as the Official Language of the Union of India. On 14th September 1949, Hindi was adopted as the Official Language of the Union of India. Later in 1950, India’s Constitution declared Hindi in the Devanagari script as the official language of India.
Remembering Bhartendu Harishchandra on his 170th birth anniversary. Hindi literature is unimaginable without Bhartendu Harishchandra, one of the greatest Hindi writers of modern India. Also known as the father of Hindi literature and Hindi theatre, he was a recognized poet and a leading figure in Hindi prose writing.
The simplest way to learn any language is to be consistent and dedicated to studying and practicing that language. Luckily Hindi is one of the most popular languages of the world, with nearly 1.5 billion speakers.
How long does it take to learn Hindi, how long did it take you to learn Hindi from scratch?
I hear these questions quite often. There is no simple answer.
The duration depends on the purpose of learning the language. If you want to learn Hindi to understand the ancient scriptures and texts, it will take around 6 months to 1 or maybe 2 years. Whereas, if you want to learn spoken Hindi, it will take you around 3-4 months.
Several factors can influence how long it takes to learn a language.
For Hindi students
The average Hindi student or the students having previous knowledge about the language can master the basics of Hindi in 3 to 4 months of intensive study. That means 4 hours of class per day with a teacher and 2 more hours of self-directed study. And If you want to become advanced in Hindi, it’ll take around 9 months of intensive studying to achieve.
From my perspective, the beginners will take more time than Hindi students because the beginners do not know grammar, alphabets, etc. For beginners, it will take 5 to 6 months to learn the basics, or I can say the initial level. So it will take up to 12 -18 months for perfection. But also it depends on the one who wants to learn because no one can beat the dedication, hard work and patience in learning a new language.
Things to keep in mind
How to learn the Hindi language quickly?
Learning any language usually requires a time period of at least 3 to 4 months. However, if you wish to learn Hindi quickly, you’ll have to develop a habit of practicing the Hindi language daily, giving at least 2-3 hours.
How many hours a day will you spend with Hindi?
This is perhaps the most important consideration and does not refer to how many hours do you spend in a Hindi language classroom. It means how much time do you spend listening, reading, speaking, or writing in Hindi. It can be listening to podcasts while walking the dog, reading, watching movies, listening to songs, radio, or being engaged in a conversation in Hindi. In some ways, exposure to Hindi outside the classroom can be more intense than exposure inside the classroom, unless you are lucky enough to have one-on-one instruction.
Do you speak a language that is similar to Hindi?
Similarity can apply to vocabulary, grammar, or pronunciation. Hindi is very similar to Sanskrit, Nepali in terms of vocabulary and grammar but somewhat different in terms of sounds. Nepali is also similar to Hindi in terms of pronunciation but quite different in terms of vocabulary and grammar. Sanskrit, Nepali -speaking people, will learn to understand quickly but may speak with a heavy accent. They would take a much longer time to learn Hindi, even though they can acquire good pronunciation almost immediately.
The greatest advantage comes from the degree of similarity of vocabulary. Hindi and Sanskrit share a lot of vocabulary. Most of the words are of common Brahma origin. Acquiring new vocabulary is the most time-consuming part of language learning. It simply takes a long time to get used to new words. When we begin a language, the new sounds and the new combinations of sounds seem strange to us.
It also takes time for our brains to get used to the structures of a new language.
How much do you like Hindi?
Do you like the sounds of Hindi? Do you like something about the history or the culture of countries where they speak Hindi? Do you have Hindi-speaking friends? Do you like movies or TV programs or music in Hindi? Do you have a favorite Hindi-speaking singer or movie star?
The more you can answer yes to these questions, the faster you will learn. Language learning engages many parts of our brains. Your emotional commitment to a new language not only influences how hard you study but also influences the efficiency of your learning.
How confident are you that you will learn to become a fluent speaker of Hindi?
Is it even your goal to become a fluent speaker? If you are simply hoping to learn a few phrases, this will not take long. If, on the other hand, you want to become fluent, it’s very important that you believe you can do it. That is why experienced language learners, who have learned other languages, often do better in new languages. They have done it before. They know they can do it.
Your attitude will have a determining influence on your language learning progress. Your determination to succeed and your commitment to staying the course will depend largely on whether you can visualize yourself achieving fluency, even before you achieve.
In fact, when you begin your learning, you should have a clear picture of the end result. Imagine yourself conversing freely with Hindi speakers and enjoying books, movies, and television programs in the language. Once you are able to engage in these activities, however imperfectly at first, your Hindi language skills will just take off.
If you have not yet had the experience of having become fluent in another language, give yourself the benefit of the doubt. If you want to climb a mountain, and don’t think you can make it to the top, then chances are you won’t.
So basically, one of the best and fastest ways to learn Hindi is to determine your intention for reading or speaking the language. Also, no one can beat dedication, hard work, and patience in learning a new language.
ALL THE BEST!!