How to Learn Hindi: My Top 6 Tips
Hindi is also one of the 22 scheduled languages of the Republic of India. In India, Hindi is spoken as a first language by nearly 425 million people and as a second language by some 120 million more. The word Hindi got its name from the Persian word “Hind” which means “land of the Indus River”. Hindi is taught in 176 of the world’s universities out of which 45 alone are in America. Everyday about 25 Hindi magazines and newspapers are published in countries outside India. India is not the only country where Hindi is spoken. It is also spoken in other countries like Mauritius, Guyana, Fiji, Tobago and Nepal.
Here are my top 6 tips to help you learn Hindi easily and efficiently
As many authentic Hindi resources as you can find online, listen to them.
Begin by learning the words that are commonly used in everyday conversations. Do not try to be overly ambitious by learning words that appear ‘cool’ to learn but have no use in everyday conversations. Learning words that you do not hear in everyday conversation will eventually demoralise and discourage you from continuing to learn the language.
Read as many authentic books and content as you can find in the library or online to expand your vocabulary.
Examine online blogs about topics that interest you. You could also read through children’s books to learn more gradually.
Immersion is the best way to learn Hindi.
Label the items in your home with their respective Hindi words written on a post-it note. You can change the language of your devices to Hindi whenever you want. Watch Hindi movies with English subtitles and, if available, English movies with Hindi subtitles. Listen to Hindi music to learn the words and understand the accent.
Practice writing in Devanagari and resist the urge to jump right into grammar.
Grammar is the foundation of any language. As a result, it remains the most difficult aspect to master when learning a language. My honest advice would be to begin speaking the language as soon as you hear it from various auditory sources and then progress to reading after that. When you are confident in doing both of these things on your own, you can progress to learning grammar.
YouTube to rescue
On YouTube, one can also find authentic Hindi videos. Because Hindi is a widely spoken language in the modern world, its learning resources are far from limited. Choose from, resources such as Bollywood songs, Ghazals, and multiple genres that you like!
Since Hindi resources are unlimited, it might just be a good idea to also look for or any authentic resources in social media.
Even if you’re not somebody who likes to serve through social media it might just be a good idea to join a Hindi community on Facebook etcetera, where you could read through the conversation that the native Hindi speakers are posting online or if they are giving any valuable information or links to good learning resources.
Hindi, written in the Devanagari script, is one of the two official languages of the Government of India, 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. September 14 is considered as Hindi Day or Hindi Divas, a special day to celebrate the adoption of Hindi written in the Devanagari script as India’s official language. The occasion marks September 14, 1949, the 50th birthday of Beohar Rajendra Simha, a Hindi scholar who worked to push the language as the official language of India. It’s the same date when the Constituent Assembly of India approved the adoption of the language.
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