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Why learn HindiHindi is the first language of more than 340 million people according to Babbel, while according to Vistawide, it has 370 million native speakers. It is an official language of India and Fiji and is also widely spoken in Nepal. Spoken Hindi is closely related to Urdu, although the script differs. Hindi provides access to a rich and ancient culture, including spirituality, music, art and film. It is spoken in many other locations where there are communities of Indian origin, including Australia.
Guides, online courses and tutorial resourcesThese are listed alphabetically.
- Duo Lingo Learn Hindi – "Bite-sized Hindi lessons. Fun, effective, and 100% free".
- Hindi 101 – This site is designed as a starting point for people who want to learn more about the Hindi language.
- Hindi Pod 101 – This is another resource, distinct from the one listed above. There are two types of signup: free or premium. "Short Audio & Video Lessons for Fast and Easy Learning."
- Linguanaut Hindi Phrases – Hindi Phrases and Common Sentences.
- Linguanaut Learn Hindi – This page, among other information, provides links to 14 lessons, covering a range of everyday communication contexts in speaking and understanding Hindi.
- Live Lingua – This website provides links to Foreign Service Institute (FSI) resources: a course; a book; audios; and videos.
- Mango Languages – This site offers learning resources for Hindi, which is listed on its World Languages page. Subscription access is available through the Canberra Public Library Service.
- Omniglot Hindi – Omniglot describes itself as "the online encyclopedia of writing systems and languages". This page includes a summary of the Hindi alphabet, including a recording demonstrating pronunciation of the letters. Other pages accessible from the navigation bar on this page include phrases and numbers.
ReferenceOnline sources to look up words and phrases – a quick option is to run a Google search with the required expression in English followed by the words "in Hindi", eg accommodation in Hindi, then select from sources (some of which also provide an audio version of the Hindi) such as the ones listed below (listed here alphabetically).
- Bab.la Hindi – Type in the word you would like to translate into the search field.
- Collins Hindi Dictionary – English to Hindi; Hindi to English.
- Hindi Language Info – Reference site. Links include Books; Exercises; Grammar; Lessons; Vocabulary.
- Lexilogos Hindi dictionary – also has links to other online dictionaries.
- Shabdkosh English and Indian Language Dictionaries – Includes Browse; Vocabulary; Classroom; Games; and other tabs.
- Systran online translation – This uses Systran machine translation technology for translation between languages.
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