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Living Language Hindi, Complete Edition: Beginner through advanced course, including 3 coursebooks, 9 audio CDs, Hindi reading & writing guide, and free online learning Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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Living Language has been a proven and effective language learning instruction for over 65 years. Using techniques originally developed for the US State Department, the Living Language Method follows a four point approach from building a foundation of essential words and phrases, advancing to full sentences and conversations, practicing with recall exercises aimed at both short and long term memory and developing practical language skills to equip the learner in any situation. Living Language is an imprint of Random House LLC, a Penguin Random House Company.
Monisha Bhat is a writer and the editor of Living Language Hindi, Complete Edition. Bhat is based in Mumbai and Ahmedabad, India. She has a Master’s Degree in Communication Studies with a focus on print and electronic media from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. Bhat's professional areas of expertise are writing for media, mining/analysis of social data, and content development.
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Examples of mistakes in the book:
1. Hindi incorrectly romanized (e.g., "vah," for the Hindi script (called devanagari) for "ve.")
2. "vah" (that) incorrectly translated as "this."
3. The section on obliques is especially bad, with mistakes and confusing presentation. And one of the quiz questions uses the short form "mujhe," which has not yet been introduced.
4. The translations are often incorrect. Examples:
*On one page, "namaste" is translated as "hello," and "namaskar" as "goodbye." A couple of pages later, "namaskar" is translated as "hello." In fact, both these words are used for "hello" and "goodbye" and are basically interchangeable, although some references will say that namaskar is a bit more formal.
*On one page, "bhai" is translated as "sister" and on another page it is translated as "brother." In fact, "bhai" means "brother."
6. The exercises often ask you to use grammar or vocabulary that isn't introduced until the next section, or perhaps later in the book.
7. The dot used to indicate that a vowel is nasalized is sometimes missing in the Hindi.
I don't know if there are more mistakes in the devanagari itself. It is harder for me to check because I'm not yet that fluent in reading it. But my impression is that most of the mistakes (except for the missing nasalization as noted above) are in the romanization and English translations.
Because of this, I am not sure I want to try to go on to the advanced book. How will I know whether the material is correct or not?
In all fairness, I must say that I like the layout of the pages. The Hindi is all in blue type, which helps me remember it. There is a lot of white space on each page, which helps the material stand out visually, a big help for me. And there are a lot of charts, which I like. It's just too bad that this book wasn't edited or proofed. Also, the binding seems to be better than other books I've had, one of which fell apart after just a few months. But none of this matters if the material presented is incorrect or misleading. Very, very disappointing.
I have bought 11 different language books from LL