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Hindi 2


Admission Requirements

Successful completion of Hindi 1.


Further development of basic language skills acquired in Hindi 1. Further strengthening of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Hindi for effective communication. Translation exercises involving simple sentences in English/Dutch and Hindi. Conventional course materials will be supplemented by popular songs, TV clips, movies and videos.

Course Objectives

  • Extended knowledge of the basic 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.

  • Extension of 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

  • At the end of the year students are expected to have a usable proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing in 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

Assesment of Hindi 2 will consist of following components:
Attendance, Class preparation and participation (including class tests) – 20 % of final grade
Homework and assignments – 10 % 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.

Re-sit: Only term end written and oral exams can be retaken if a student scores an overall inefficient grade (i.e less than 6) in the course. In that case the total weight for term end written and oral exam is 30 % of the 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