- Series: Practice Makes Perfect Series
- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (July 2, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0071784241
- ISBN-13: 978-0071784245
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 30 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Practice Makes Perfect Basic Hindi (Practice Makes Perfect Series) 1st Edition
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About the Author
Sonia Taneja, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Hindi at the Defense Language Institute. A member of the Hindi curriculum development team, she teaches Hindi classes to active U.S. service men and women. She was previously a lecturer in Hindi at Columbia University and a Hindi Regents Exam Writer for the NY City Department of Education.
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There is one problem with this book. I believe it is a significant problem. It doesn't negate the other good qualities of this book, which is why it still deserves 4 stars. Nonetheless, it is hard to use Hindi without knowledge of the normal past tense, as opposed to the past imperfect ("used to"). This book only talks about the past imperfect (I used to eat) and does not convey how to make a simple past sentence such as "I went." Now, this is related to a particle in Hindi that is often used with the past, "ne" which is probably one of the most difficult aspects of Hindi grammar for a beginner to grasp. However, it is not a nuance that can be delegated to a more advanced level since it is difficult to use any language without conjugating verbs in the past tense and this is simply the one aspect of Hindi grammar that one must slog through in order to grasp Hindi. Personally, I wish the past tense were included in this book, so that the habituation of students to it could begin, sooner rather than later.
I want to learn both how to read and speak Hindi, and not just a few survival phrases. Most resources I found either taught a few sentences with only transliteration, or they taught only the alphabet.
Many of the more modern language learning approaches (e.g. DuoLingo) lack Hindi support. There are subscription websites which provide a sea of material, but they are pricey, and the material is presented almost exclusively in an unwieldy PDF format. I tried those for a while, but I didn't always want to sit down at a computer to learn, and it's hard to flip back and forth compared to a physical book.
So that's why I say this is the best resource I've found. It's easy to sit down every day and do five to ten minutes of work to keep one's skills moving forward, but also to dive into longer learning sessions. I'm still supplementing with other materials like podcasts, particularly for pronunciation, but this book will be the foundation of my basic Hindi education.
Basic Hindi doesn't pamper the learner with glossary. Rather, one has to go searching for vocabulary already presented in the book--a useful process for anyone learning of a foreign language.
I especially appreciated that I could keep all my materials for the 25 lessons right in one text book. In classes I've had and with a couple teachers, I've ended up with stacks of papers that have to be later sorted out. No extra paper is required for Basic Hindi.
This is a good and useful approach. Some of the explanations are the best I've had so far.