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Hindi 1


Admission Requirements



The course is mainly intended for learners with no previous background in Hindi or with little knowledge of Hindi. The course will enable students to have a usable proficiency in Hindi by developing their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in the language. Learners will be introduced to Devanagari writing systems which is used to write Hindi. The course will also include simple translation exercises in English/Dutch-Hindi and Hindi-English/Dutch. In addition to conventional course materials, learners will be introduced to Hindi by popular songs, TV clips, movie clips and videos.

Course Objectives

  • Basic knowledge of the grammar of Hindi and the ability to apply this knowledge in their own oral and written language.

  • Ability to read and write in Devanagari script of Hindi.

  • Basic knowledge of vocabulary and sentence structures of Hindi to a simple level to speak, read, write and understand simple spoken messages in day to day situations.

  • Ability to apply this knowledge practically in simple translations between English/Dutch and Hindi


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Mode of Instruction

For this seminar attendance and participation is required. Classes missed for a good reason (to the discretion of the conveners and to be discussed BEFORE the class takes place) will have to be made up with an extra assignment.

Assessment Method

Review of Hindi 1 will consist of following components:
Attendance, Class preparation and participation – 10 % of final grade
Homework and assignments – 20 % of final grade
Projects (2 Projects) – 20 % of final grade
Quizzes (2 quizzes) – 20 % of final grade
Term End Oral Exam – 15% of final grade
Term End Written Exam – 15 % of final grade


Blackboard is the primary means of communication between the teacher and studentsoutside the formal lecture meetings. All class handouts will be available through Blackboard also.



  1. R. Snell with S. Weightman, Teach Yourself Hindi, London: Hodder, 2nd (2000) or later edition, available in bookstores
    1. RM Harris, RN Sharma, A Basic Hindi Reader, Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press, to borrow in the Leiden library.


  1. Richard Delacy and Sudha Joshi, Elementary Hindi, Singapore, Tuttle Publishing, 2009
    1. R.S. McGregor, The Oxford Hindi English Dictionary, New York, Oxford University Press, 2002

This literature does not need to be studied beforehand.


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Dr. A. Avtans