Hindi, Comprehensive

Hindi, Comprehensive

Learn to Speak and Understand Hindi with Pimsleur Language Programs
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  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9780743552585
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Description

Includes 30 lessons and reading instruction on 16 CDs, plus a reading booklet

Hindi, reported to be the second most commonly spoken language in the world, is spoken by more than 500 million people. Pimsleur's Hindi teaches Standard Hindi as spoken in New Delhi.

The Pimsleur® Method: the easiest, fastest way to learn a new language. Completely portable, easily downloadable, and lots of fun. You’ll be speaking and understanding in no time flat! Hindi, Comprehensive includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one hour of reading instruction in thirty, 30-minute lessons.

  • In the first 10 lessons, you’ll cover the basics: saying hello, asking for or giving information, scheduling a meal or a meeting, asking for or giving basic directions, and much more. You’ll be able to handle minimum courtesy requirements, understand much of what you hear, and be understood at a beginning level, but with near-native pronunciation skills.
  • In the next 10 lessons, you’ll build on what you’ve learned. Expand your menu, increase your scheduling abilities from general to specific, start to deal with currency and exchanging money, refine your conversations and add over a hundred new vocabulary items. You’ll understand more of what you hear, and be able to participate with speech that is smoother and more confident.
  • In the final 10 lessons, you’ll be speaking and understanding at an intermediate level. In this phase, more directions are given in the target language, which moves your learning to a whole new plane. Lessons include shopping, visiting friends, going to a restaurant, plans for the evening, car trips, and talking about family. You’ll be able to speak comfortably about things that happened in the past and make plans for the future.

Reading Lessons are included at the end of Unit 30 to provide you with an introduction to reading the Hindi alphabet. These lessons, which total about one hour, are designed to teach you to sound out words with correct pronunciation and accent. A Reading Booklet to be used with the audio lessons is also included in PDF format.

Description

Includes 30 lessons and reading instruction on 16 CDs, plus a reading booklet

Hindi, reported to be the second most commonly spoken language in the world, is spoken by more than 500 million people. Pimsleur's Hindi teaches Standard Hindi as spoken in New Delhi.

The Pimsleur® Method: the easiest, fastest way to learn a new language. Completely portable, easily downloadable, and lots of fun. You’ll be speaking and understanding in no time flat! Hindi, Comprehensive includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one hour of reading instruction in thirty, 30-minute lessons.

  • In the first 10 lessons, you’ll cover the basics: saying hello, asking for or giving information, scheduling a meal or a meeting, asking for or giving basic directions, and much more. You’ll be able to handle minimum courtesy requirements, understand much of what you hear, and be understood at a beginning level, but with near-native pronunciation skills.
  • In the next 10 lessons, you’ll build on what you’ve learned. Expand your menu, increase your scheduling abilities from general to specific, start to deal with currency and exchanging money, refine your conversations and add over a hundred new vocabulary items. You’ll understand more of what you hear, and be able to participate with speech that is smoother and more confident.
  • In the final 10 lessons, you’ll be speaking and understanding at an intermediate level. In this phase, more directions are given in the target language, which moves your learning to a whole new plane. Lessons include shopping, visiting friends, going to a restaurant, plans for the evening, car trips, and talking about family. You’ll be able to speak comfortably about things that happened in the past and make plans for the future.

Reading Lessons are included at the end of Unit 30 to provide you with an introduction to reading the Hindi alphabet. These lessons, which total about one hour, are designed to teach you to sound out words with correct pronunciation and accent. A Reading Booklet to be used with the audio lessons is also included in PDF format.

REVIEWS SUMMARY

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PimsleurHindi Phase 1, Units 1-30
 
4.5

(based on 13 reviews)

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Pros

  • It works (12)
  • Portable (11)
  • Easy to use (10)
  • Perfects accent (9)
  • Fun (8)

Cons

  • No writing component (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (11)
  • Self-improvement (8)
  • Fun (7)
  • Business/work (4)
  • Family background/heritage (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Traveler (8), Business person (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Amazing

I moved to India for work and took some Hindi lessons. It wasn't working so I bought Pimsleur Hindi. It has changed my life. I love it. It works.
My only...Read complete review

I moved to India for work and took some Hindi lessons. It wasn't working so I bought Pimsleur Hindi. It has changed my life. I love it. It works.
My only problem is that it has opened the door slightly but not fully. THERE IS NOT ENOUGH! Just the one level. I feel half cocked.
Waiting in anticipation for level 2 & 3 but I heard there are no plans for these courses. A real shame indeed.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good Tourist Hindi

I'm often frustrated by poor subtitles on Bollywood movies, and thought I'd try learning some Hindi in order to be less reliant on them.

I did some research and the Pimsleur...Read complete review

I'm often frustrated by poor subtitles on Bollywood movies, and thought I'd try learning some Hindi in order to be less reliant on them.

I did some research and the Pimsleur sounded like the best course for what I wanted. I had high hopes when I tried out the demo lesson before buying - it seemed simple enough, you just try the same lesson repeatedly till you get most of the phrases correct. But after 2 weeks I was only on lesson 4, and then actually got so frustrated I pretty much gave up on the course, because the phrases started getting so long there was no way I'd be able to memorize them. (Plus the phrases were just getting more and more tourist oriented, which wasn't what I wanted to learn from the course.)

Also -- although I had chosen this program because of lack of a written course in favor on sound-based learning -- I started trying to find out how to spell some of these words and phrases (in Roman letters) and I was often way off. Like there's a term I heard as Tori Tori but which actually seems to be Todi Todi, and there's another word I cannot figure out the final sound of at all (it's something like Mugub or Mugur or Muguv.) Unfortunately I just can't seem to even identify a lot of the sounds.

I will say, I've sat around listening to my Bollywood CDs and occasionally recognized a disembodied word like "Nahin" or "Atcha" from the lesson, so it did teach me something.

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3.0

Good Tourist Hindi

By La Belle Helen Richardson

from Santa Fe

About Me Film Buff

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • It Works

Cons

  • Not what I expected
  • No writing component

Best Uses

  • Travel

Comments about Hindi Phase 1, Units 1-30:

I'm often frustrated by poor subtitles on Bollywood movies, and thought I'd try learning some Hindi in order to be less reliant on them.

I did some research and the Pimsleur sounded like the best course for what I wanted. I had high hopes when I tried out the demo lesson before buying - it seemed simple enough, you just try the same lesson repeatedly till you get most of the phrases correct. But after 2 weeks I was only on lesson 4, and then actually got so frustrated I pretty much gave up on the course, because the phrases started getting so long there was no way I'd be able to memorize them. (Plus the phrases were just getting more and more tourist oriented, which wasn't what I wanted to learn from the course.)

Also -- although I had chosen this program because of lack of a written course in favor on sound-based learning -- I started trying to find out how to spell some of these words and phrases (in Roman letters) and I was often way off. Like there's a term I heard as Tori Tori but which actually seems to be Todi Todi, and there's another word I cannot figure out the final sound of at all (it's something like Mugub or Mugur or Muguv.) Unfortunately I just can't seem to even identify a lot of the sounds.

I will say, I've sat around listening to my Bollywood CDs and occasionally recognized a disembodied word like "Nahin" or "Atcha" from the lesson, so it did teach me something.

 
5.0

Great course!! Need more levels!

By Language Lover

from Florence, South Carolina

About Me Student

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Fun
  • It Works
  • Perfects Accent
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Self-improvement
    • Travel

    Comments about Hindi Phase 1, Units 1-30:

    This course is a great course for learning Hindi. It moves at a good pace and facilitates the ability to manipulate the language rather than rote learning of words. The reading lessons are also great. My only complaint is that there are no more levels. There needs to be at least a level 2 and 3. Pimsleur has two levels for Greek and Korean but there are way more speakers of Hindi in the world than those two. Please make level 2 and 3.

     
    5.0

    Still the best method for learning

    By Walter

    from Nebraska

    About Me Traveler

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • Fun
    • It Works
    • Perfects Accent
    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Self-improvement
      • Travel

      Comments about Hindi Phase 1, Units 1-30:

      Previously I have used Pimsleur CDs to learn Russian and found them very effective.
      Recently I decided that I wanted to study Hindi. Influenced by the TV commercials and a freind's recommendation, I bought the Rosetta Stone program and tried to work through it. Ultimately, I felt I was not making any progress and went back to the Pimsleur method instead. I feel that I learn useful conversation including grammar and conjugation much easier and more effectively with Pimsleur. With the other one I got a lot of vocabulary of nouns and adjectives but could not carry on any meaningful conversation whereas with Pimsleur I could follow simple conversations much faster.
      Next time I will not waste my money on anything else!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Wish there were more levels

      By Mimi

      from Sydney, Australia

      About Me Traveler

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy to use
      • It Works
      • Perfects Accent
      • Portable

      Cons

      • Need More Lesson Phases

      Best Uses

      • Business/Work
      • Family background/Heritage
      • Just for fun
      • Travel

      Comments about Hindi Phase 1, Units 1-30:

      I bought all of Phase 1 after great success with all three phases of Pimsleur's Mandarin course. This is equally as good. My husband, who is Indian, says some phrases are a bit old-fashioned and are not be widely used in common parlance, but would be perfectly understood and are technically more 'correct'. Like other reviewers, I just wish that there were more phases especially since it is one of the most widely spoken languages and essential for understanding Bollywood movies with bad subtitles :)

      Service and delivery comments:

      Please add more levels Pimsleur!

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Amazing

      By Randy of India

      from Delhi, India

      About Me Business person, Traveler

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy to use
      • Fun
      • It Works
      • Perfects Accent
      • Portable

      Cons

      • Only Level 1

      Best Uses

      • Business/Work
      • Family background/Heritage
      • Just for fun
      • Self-improvement
      • Travel

      Comments about Hindi Phase 1, Units 1-30:

      I moved to India for work and took some Hindi lessons. It wasn't working so I bought Pimsleur Hindi. It has changed my life. I love it. It works.
      My only problem is that it has opened the door slightly but not fully. THERE IS NOT ENOUGH! Just the one level. I feel half cocked.
      Waiting in anticipation for level 2 & 3 but I heard there are no plans for these courses. A real shame indeed.

      Service and delivery comments:

      PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make level 2 & 3 !!!!!!!!

      Love you!

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