Subject details

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge at an Advanced Beginner level of Hindi to: 
1. Display an understanding of, and use, parallel Hindi and Urdu vocabularies in Hindi.
2. Understand and use in written and spoken contexts a range of complex sentences and compound verb constructions relating to the manner in which events occur.
3. Communicate in a wide range of contexts, such as discussing rural and urban life in India and Australia.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the impacts of development and modernity in India.

To achieve these learning outcomes, each week students are expected to study for five hours as follows:
1. 30 minutes, before class, studying the written and audio materials for the week
2. 30 minutes, memorising the written and spoken forms of that week’s class content
3. 180 minutes, online students participate in 2 x 60 minute zoom classes and access 1 x 60 minutes of on campus classes as either recordings or via zoom
4. 60 minutes, completing weekly exercises
It is also expected that students should spend at least 5 hours of individual study practicing the week’s written and spoken language forms and vocabulary and reviewing feedback on their work.

  • Topics

    • Topic 1 – ‘Village life’ How to speak using combinations of verbs in order to express ways in which actions are performed using, and say things like: go to sleep, drink up, write down, know how to ~, know the way to ~, feel shame, enjoy ~.
    • Topic 2 – ‘Celebrating a festival’ Speaking about possibilities and relationships, and saying things like ‘If ... then..’, and ‘something - so that - another thing’. Talking about relationships and using address terms and descriptive terms for relationships.
    • Topic 3 – ‘By a well’ How to speak with emphasis, and say things like: [I] indeed, [I] myself, [it] happened by itself, and ways in which to make statements which relate to general truths about events and conditions in the past, present or future.
    • Topic 4 – ‘On the road’ How to speak about who is doing an action and qualifiers for nouns and actions, the use of the postfix ‘vālā’ to create nouns and adjectives and identify the doers of actions, and special usages related to immanent actions.
    • Topic 5 – ‘Travelling’ How to speak about relationships between events in time, quantity, number and space, and say things like: ‘as long as… so long as…’, ‘as many as.. so many as’, ‘Where… there…’.
    • Topic 6 – ‘Cafe life’ Speaking about giving permission, feelings, continuity of actions and modifiers of quantities, and say things like: ‘let me go’, ‘I feel...’, ‘Keep on’ doing something, and distinguish between statements like ‘many ~’ and ‘lot’s of ~’.
    • Topic 7 – ‘At a post office’ speaking about, similarity, difference, related actions and similarity , and say things like: something is the same as another thing, something is done in a similar manner to another action and something is identical to another thing.
    • Topic 8 – ‘Life events’ How to speak about life events and say things like: it takes so much of something to do something, respect levels in references to life events happening to people, talking about memories and accidents and injuries.
    • Topic 9 – ‘In a factory’ How to speak about actions and use Hindi verbs in ways which express three ways an action can happen: an action happens by itself, an action is done by somebody, or one person causes another person to do an action.
    • Topic 10 – ‘Make in India’ speaking about aspects of the performance of actions and say things like: when an action commences, actions spoken of in a manner similar to ‘take care of something’, and expressing visibility and audibility.
  • Study resources

    • Instructional Methods

      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Interactive Games
      • Virtual Classroom
    • Online Materials

      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Quizzes
      • Online Assessment

Entry Requirements

You are recommended to have completed the following subjects(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:


Completion of HIND1200 Hindi 2 or demonstration of equivalent level through completion of a placement test. 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. Students without the appropriate level of proficiency for ANU-HIND2300 (Hindi 3) will be withdrawn from this subject and we will recommend an alternative subject at the correct level.

Special requirements

  • EquipmentDetails - To successfully engage in this course 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

This course introduces the advanced beginner level of Hindi listening and reading comprehension skills and spoken and written communication skills. Students will be made aware of the ways in which Hindi vocabulary reflects shared traditions drawn from different sources such as Urdu and Sanskrit languages. Sentence constructions covered allow students to talk about not only when events occur but also different ways to describe how events occur. The course also covers, complex sentences with more than one clause, and talking about how actions can occur, be done, or be caused to be done. Conversational contexts covered include, talking about rural and urban life, development and the challenges for young people in finding employment in India. You can also learn about the celebration of religious festivals and the performance of rituals and the central role of wedding celebrations in Indian life.

1. Participation 10% (Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4) 2. Four quizzes 10% (1, 2, 3, 4) 3. Ten weekly homeworks each work 3 marks, 30% (1, 2, 3, 4) 4. Mid term oral - 10 minutes 10% (1, 2, 4) 5. Mid term test - 90 minutes 15% (1, 2, 4) 6. Final oral - 10 minutes 10% (1, 2, 3, 4) 7. Final test - 90 minutes 15% (1, 2, 3, 4)

  • Participation in group discussions in the online class (10%%)
  • Four quizzes (10%%)
  • Ten weekly homeworks each worth 3 marks (30%%)
  • Mid term oral exam - 10 minutes (10%%)
  • Final oral exam - 10 minutes (10%%)
  • Mid term test - 90 minutes (15%%)
  • Final test - 90 minutes (15%%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject.

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