Subject details

On satisfying the requirements of this subject, students will have the knowledge at an Advanced Beginner level of Hindi to: 

  • Display an understanding of, and use, parallel Hindi and Urdu vocabularies in Hindi.
  • 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.
  • Communicate in a wide range of contexts, such as discussing rural and urban life in India and Australia.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the impacts of development and modernity in India.

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, 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
  • 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.
    • Topic 1 - ‘Film Shooting’ ways to talk about actions take place and say one thing is happening whilst something else is also taking place and who is doing an action.
    • Topic 2 - ‘Meeting actors’ ways to describe sudden actions, and talking about ‘without’ doing an action and expressing duration of actions.
    • Topic 3 - ‘On the set’ ways to say things like ‘boiling water’ and ‘boiled water’ and distinguish between statements like the ‘the running man’ and the ‘man running’.
    • Topic 4 - ‘Learning Hindi’ ways to say things like ‘something is being done’ and ‘doing something’, ‘something is being done by somebody’, and ‘it is happening’.
    • Topic 5 - ‘Music director’ ways to use parallel Hindi vocabularies, drawn from Sanskrit, Persian, Arabic and other sources and understand registers of expression.
    • Topic 6 - ‘College Canteen’ ways to use modal verbs to talk about modes of actions in the performance of verbs, such as acting, impulsively, foolishly, suddenly.
    • Topic 7 - ‘Aspirations’ ways to talk about ideas like ‘whether x or y’ and expressing reluctance to act by saying something like ‘X would hardly do Y’
    • Topic 8 - ‘Getting Ready’ ways to talk about finding things out, ways of knowing and ways to express that actions are left incomplete.
    • Topic 9 - ‘Film stories’ ways to talk about how bodily actions are performed which use supplementary verbs in a manner similar to the English ‘strike a pose’
    • Topic 10 - ‘Story telling’ ways to talk about being overcome by emotions, intensifying how actions occur and expressing ideas like ‘nevertheless.. still...’.
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Virtual Classroom
      • Interactive Games
      • Embedded Multimedia
    • Online materials

      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Online Assessment
      • Quizzes

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


Completion of HIND2300 Hindi 3 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-HIND2400 (Hindi 4) 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 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

This subject completes the development of the advanced beginner level of Hindi listening and reading comprehension skills and spoken and written communication skills. In relation to vocabulary you gain familiarity with how Hindi uses different ranges of words for the same idea according to the context in which people are speaking. Sentence constructions include looking at how to express ideas like one action happening while another is occurring, describing how actions are performed in different contexts, such as when narrating an account of events, and distinguishing between the active and passive modes of expression. Conversational contexts covered include talking about the Hindi film industry, travel inside and outside India and the role that Hindi plays in education. Cultural contexts described include, the importance of song, dance and music in Hindi cinema and pressures of life in modern Indian cities such as Mumbai. 

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

Textbook information is pending.