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Hindi 1


Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies.


The course is 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. This course will lead students to communicate effectively in Hindi in practical day to day situations. Learners will be introduced to Devanagari writing system which is used to write Hindi. In addition to conventional course materials, learners will be introduced to Hindi using variety of audio-video materials including songs and movies.

Course objectives

  • Elementary knowledge of vocabulary and sentence structures of Hindi to a simple level to listen, speak, read and write simple spoken language in practical day to day situations.

  • Elementary 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 simple words and sentences in Devanagari script of Hindi.


The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website

Mode of instruction

Three two hour seminars every week

Assessment method

Review of Beginning Hindi-1 will consist of following components:
Attendance, Class preparation and participation – 10 % of final grade
Homework and Assignments – 10 % of final grade
Quizzes [Dictation, Vocabulary, Grammar etc] (Six) – 30%
Projects (2 Projects) – 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 students outside the classroom. All learning materials will be also available through Blackboard.
Students are requested to register on Blackboard for this course.

Reading list

Rupert Snell, Get Started in Hindi [With audio CD], London: Hodder, 2010
Rupert Snell, Read and Write Hindi Script, London: Hodder, 2010

Rupert Snell & Simon Weightman, Complete Hindi, Hodder, 2010
Richard Delacy and Sudha Joshi, Elementary Hindi, Singapore, Tuttle Publishing, 2009
R.S. McGregor, The Oxford Hindi English Dictionary, New York, Oxford University Press, 2002

This literature does not need to be studied beforehand


Students are requested to register through uSis, the registration system of Leiden University for this course. General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable


For this course attendance and participation is essential. 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.