written by: Laura Jean Karr
• edited by: Rebecca Scudder
• updated: 2/20/2013
Unilang is an online community that offers free learning language courses. Here we take a look at their basic Hindi course meant for helping people quickly comprehend the Hindi language of India.
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Unilang is a non-profit organization dedicated to worldwide language learning. Their goal is to create a global community in which more people learn and are able to communicate with one another through learning a new language. In an effort to keep this online community supported, every set of lessons is provided for free. Here we are going to take a look at learning Hindi, which is one of its most popular online language programs.
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The online Hindi course through Unilang consists of ten lessons. The full course is designed to give the language learner a basic understanding of Hindi. Each lesson is written in Devanagari, which is the Indian script used to write in Hindi. Most written words in lessons three through ten are in Hindi and are accompanied by the English word translation.
The first lesson covers an introduction to Devanagari. When the learner moves through this lesson, he will get a better understanding of the script that will help in reading and communicating in Hindi. The Devanagari script is in essence a simplistic one as the language reads as it is written. Being able to sound out the look of the letter and have it mean what the sound is can speed the new learner of Hindi into faster comprehension of the language.
The second lesson in the Hindi course covers the linguistic information. In this section, there is the brief introduction to the history of Hindi as a descendant language of Sanskrit. A full example text of what Hindi looks like is given, so you can get a better idea as to what an article written in Devanagari will look like. You'll also learn the names of various other main languages spoken in India, such as Punjabi and Tamil.
The example text in this Hindi course looks as follows: माइक्रोसॉफ़्ट की आड़ में वायरस इंटरनेट का उपयोग करने वाले लोगों को एक नए तरह के कंप्यूटर वायरस के ख़तरे के बारे में आगाह किया गया है. कुल 69 देशों में पहुँच चुका वायरस माइक्रोसॉफ़्ट के संदेश के रूप में कंप्यूटरों तक पहुँचता है.
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Remaining online lessons
The main lessons for the Unilang Hindi course get into more depth beginning with lesson three. Lesson three, Basic Words & Phrases, begins by covering simple words like "yes" and "no". Lesson three also covers adding the more polite term of Ji to your basic phrases instead of leaving Ji off of a spoken dialog. Using Ji is akin to using "mam" or "sir" in the English language.
The following lessons in the course are as follows:
Lesson 4 - Pronouns
Lesson 5 - Genders in Hindi & Hindi Verbs Part 1
Lesson 6 - Hindi Verbs Part 2
Lesson 7 - Adjectives & Colors
Lesson 8 - Cases: Direct & Oblique
Lesson 9 - Modal Verbs
Lesson 10 - Numbers & Questions
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More about Unilang's Hindi lessons
The Unilang online Hindi course concludes with a link to an online Hindi-English Dictionary, but that is where the course ends. Because this Hindi course is user created, it is not for learning advanced knowledge of the Hindi language. This introduction to Hindi is a good basic starting point for those who are looking eventually to further their study with a more traditional course that includes audio and visual learning.
For more information on this free basic Hindi course or to learn more about what Unilang has to offer online, visit their web site at: www.unilang.org. For more information on learning Hindi, check out Learning Hindi-Hindi Pronouns.