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Hindi 2 Pre-Intermediate


Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies.
Successful completion of Hindi 1.


Further development of basic language skills acquired in Foreign Language Hindi 1. Further strengthening of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Hindi for effective communication. Translation exercises involving simple sentences in English 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 one’s 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 and Hindi
• At the end of the year students are expected to have a usable proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing in Hindi.

Students will achieve Common European Framework Reference for Language Level B1 at the end of the course.
The CEFR says that learners at A2/B1 level:
• Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
• Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken.
• Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.
• Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans


The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website

Mode of instruction


Attending lectures and tutorials is compulsory. If you are not able to attend a lecture or tutorial, please inform the tutor of the course. Being absent without notification can result in a lower grade or exclusion from the final exam or essay.

Assessment method



Blackboard is the primary means of communication between the teacher and students outside the formal lecture meetings.
Blackboard will be used. Students are requested to register on Blackboard for this course.

Reading list


  • Rupert Snell, Get Started in Hindi [With audio CD], London: Hodder, 2010 [ISBN – 9781444101584 paperback edition without Audio CDs]

  • Rupert Snell, Read and Write Hindi Script, London: Hodder, 2010 [ ISBN – 9781444103915]


  • Rupert Snell & Simon Weightman, Complete Hindi, Hodder, 2010

  • 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.


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.
As per university rules up to 20% of total classes can only be missed (for a valid reason like illness, accident etc) if it goes beyond that it will reflect upon your final grades.