Read, speak and comprehend basic Hindi. Negotiate the language’s consonant and vowel combinations. Engage in simple everyday conversations about travel and shopping as you get a sense of the lifestyle and culture enjoyed in Hindi-speaking societies.
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On satisfying the requirements of this subject, students will have the knowledge at an Introductory level of Hindi to:
- Recognise and pronounce all 52 Hindi sounds and the consonant and vowel combinations
- Read and write all basic Hindi characters and their combinations
- Use an active vocabulary of around 500 items and a passive vocabulary of 750 items
- Understand and use a limited range of simple sentences and tenses for everyday situations
- Communicate in everyday written and spoken contexts such as shopping, travel, and interacting with people
- Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of status, age, gender, and religion on communication.
In order to achieve these learning outcomes, each week students are expected to study for five hours as follows:
- 30 minutes, before class, studying the written and audio materials for the week
- 30 minutes, memorising the written and spoken forms of that week’s class content
- 180 minutes, participate in 2 x 90 minute sessions, via zoom
- 60 minutes, completing weekly exercises
It is also expected that students should spend at least 5 hours of individual study practising the week’s written and spoken language forms and vocabulary and reviewing feedback on their work.
- Lesson 1: Hindi script and vowel sounds (From ‘a’ to ‘ah’)
- Lesson 2: Hindi consonant sounds (From ‘ca’ to ‘pa’)
- Lesson 3: Further sounds and loan sounds (From ‘ma’ to ‘za’)
- Lesson 4: Excuse me! (conjunct sounds, being polite)
- Lesson 5: What is this? (Questions and answers)
- Lesson 6: How are you? (Greetings, commands and requests)
- Lesson 7: Give it to me (Giving orders)
- Lesson 8: I am in Delhi (Making descriptions)
- Lesson 9: Where are the bowls? (Talking about locations and positions)
- Lesson 10: We live in the city (Describing habits, states and actions)
- Lesson 11: How old are you? (Talking about possessions, age, continuous actions)
This is a subject for beginners. Students with prior knowledge of the language will be required to take a placement test. Students are not permitted to enrol in a subject that is lower than the level they achieve in the placement test, or a lower level than a subject they have already completed.
- EquipmentDetails - To successfully engage in this subject students will need the following: Laptop or computer Computer camera (either inbuilt or webcam) Headset with microphone Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome browser Reliable internet access Access to a scanner or smartphone.
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This is a fast paced academic course at a University level.
In this introductory subject students begin to develop basic listening and reading comprehension, as well as oral and written Hindi communication skills. The subject provides an introduction to the writing system of Hindi and basic Hindi grammar and training in language learning strategies. Students are introduced to life and cultures of the Hindi-speaking societies and principles of intercultural communication.
Via face-to-face video at a set time prescribed by the University. Please be aware of potential time zone differences.
- Participation in online classes (10%)
- 4 quizzes throughout semester (10%)
- 3 homework pieces - 10% each (30%)
- Mid-semester oral test - 5min (10%)
- Mid-semester test - 90min (15%)
- End of semester oral test - 5min (10%)
- End of semester test - 90min (15%)