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Hindi (Teach Yourself) Paperback – August 1, 1992

ISBN-13: 978-0844237954 ISBN-10: 0844237957

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Product Details

  • Series: Teach Yourself
  • Paperback: 309 pages
  • Publisher: Ntc Pub Group (August 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0844237957
  • ISBN-13: 978-0844237954
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Philippe (cadran@caramail.com) on July 11, 1998
Format: Paperback
"Teach Yourself: Hindi" provides an excellent introduction to the Hindi language, emphasizing the written language (it is a book, after all). The problem with the book is that the author uses the British sound system, and when a North American reads the vowel and consonant equivalents in the beginning, he pronounces a great deal (especially vowels) incorrectly. My Punjabi friend laughed at me. Supplimentary material will therefore need to garnered on the internet for non-Britons in order to correctly pronounce the Hindi. Sadly, most Hindi - English intructional books are similarly designed (i.e. for the Queen's English) and other dialects must rely on either native speakers for correct prononciation, or sound files downloaded off of the internet. Once the prononciation difficulties have been worked out, the book proceeds in a very logical manner, covering all elements necessary for communication in everyday Hindi. Special appendices are written to cover unique situations, and words used primarily in Urdu are indicated by the author. There are are eighteen units, each containing perhaps four or five aspects of grammar, and inadequate practice activities, so the learner must be willing to devise additional English sentences to practice his translation. For the money, "Teach Yourself: Hindi" cannot be beat. Hindi is not difficult (in comparison to French or Spanish) and is well worth the effort to learn the language.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 30, 1999
Format: Paperback
Though the book was useful, the vocabulary selected for each unit seemed quite random. As vocabulary is essential to language study, I see this as a serious flaw. In traditional language textbooks, each section usually focuses on a specific topic (the colors, the parts of the body, etc). Here, you just get a list of unrelated words. Often, a unifying thread helps the learner master new vocabulary. When there isn't one, such as in the case of this book, the process may become more difficult.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Stefano Brizzi on February 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
If you really want to learn Hindi, I recommend you this book! Nothing to do with all the other manual that I've found around, which were unclear and approximate. This one is complete, clear, step by step, and if you come over the initial difficulty of learning devanagari script, it really takes you further on in the practical use of the language. I have learned Hindi most of the time studying it on the train while going to work!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 7, 1999
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So many readers giving 5 stars for a textbook is fairly unusual but this is so much better than Bhatia's "Colloquial Hindi" that it deserves it. The main difference is in the longer length and use of the (easy and logical) devanagari script. RS McGregor's Hindi-English dictionary and the (revised) Lonely Planet Hindi phrasebooks are an excellent accompaniement to this course. McGregor's grammar is also worth getting (better than Srivasta's) though it is a course of a kind itself rather than a reference grammar.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is the best book I've read for learning Hindi. It's clear, thorough, and amazingly systematic. It's a bit difficult for a complete beginner, however, so if you're starting from zero, you might consider doing another course first to work up to this one. Additionally, you might want to get a bit of practice with the Devangari script before launching into this book because you need to have learned it by the end of Unit 5 in order to do the other 13 Units, and the type is kind of small. The cassettes are also good--the native speakers speak clearly, and there's no irrelevant discussion in English.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 15, 1999
Format: Paperback
I am presently learning Hindi at a State Department school and this is one of our textbooks. Out of the several grammar books that I have, this is by far the best one. The explanations for grammar and sentence structure are very helpful and useful.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. L. CROUCH on September 29, 2000
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This book/audiotape is definitely not for beginners learning Hindi. So, do not get this book if you have not been exposed to the language. It progresses very quickly into Devangari script and I promise you that the book will end for you there if you cannot read Devangari. This book seems to be for those seriously wanting to learn Hindi and not for those merely wanting to recite lines from memory.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stefano Brizzi on February 26, 2000
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If you really want to learn Hindi, I recommend you this book! Nothing to do with all the other manual that I've found around, which were unclear and approximate. This one is complete, clear, step by step, and if you come over the initial difficulty of learning devanagari script, it really takes you further on in the practical use of the language. I have learned Hindi most of the time studying it on the train while going to work!
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