- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 3 edition (December 28, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0198700083
- ISBN-13: 978-0198700081
- Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.8 x 5.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #588,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Outline of Hindi Grammar: With Exercises 3rd Edition
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It is a fairly good overview however.
This book is not for the faint of heart. It does not limit itself to introducing the reader to casual chatter in conversational Hindi -- my favourite example phrase translates as "I have burnt the house of my enemy," an utterance not likely to be very helpful while, for example, reserving a Second AC ticket on the Rajdhani Express.
Nevertheless the book's stated purpose is "to include most of what the student needs to know in the early stages of his study of Hindi and of what he needs to have accessible for easy reference while consolidating his grasp of the language." In this, McGregor's grammar has proven to me absolutely invaluable. Thanks in large part to this book, I have now successfully fended for myself in Hindi from Delhi to Kolkata, and what's more feel equipped to tackle Hindi literature.
To anyone who has studied, as I have, inflected languages such as Greek, Latin or German -- or anyone who has studied languages from an academic point of view -- McGregor's explanation will be concise, cogent and clear. I found myself able to begin assimilating the mechanics immediately, even before I had quite learnt the script, and bypassed all the usual nervous hand-wringing and hand-holding that usually accompany slower-paced elementary text books.
It does sacrifice somewhat to brevity with a paucity of examples (e.g. things can get a bit murky where one exemplum serves double-duty illustrating two points of grammar), but this is not a major obstacle when taken in combination with outside reading, speaking and listening. The only real addition I would hope for would be a more extensive index along with more thorough cross-referencing.
McGregor is a fantastic scholar. Along with this, his The Oxford Hindi-English Dictionary are monuments of scholarship.
Exercises and vocabulary sections are very good, as the title of the book says, the book focuses on the grammar part of the spoken and written hindi not for beginners who just want to learn to speak.