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Hindi 1 Beginners


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 tutorials every week.

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

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 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

  • 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.

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.

Contact: Dhr. A. Avtans