Subject details

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)
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Glossary
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
      • Virtual Classroom
      • Web links
    • Online materials

      • FAQs
      • Online Assessment
      • Printable format materials
      • Quizzes
      • Resources and Links
    • Other materials

      • Audio
      • Video


This is a subject for beginners. If you have prior experience in learning this language, this course may not be appropriate for you. You may be required to take a placement test.

Special requirements

  • OtherDetails -

    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.

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.

  • Participation in online classes (10%)
  • 4 quizzes throughout semester (10%)
  • Three homework pieces - 10% each (30%)
  • Mid semester Oral test - 5 minutes (10%)
  • Mid semester test - 90 minutes (15%)
  • End of Semester oral test - 5 minutes (10%)
  • End of semester test - 90 minutes (15%)

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