From the Back of the Book
Let's Learn Hindi is unlike any other language book. It offers:
Chapters follow the usual word order a Hindi Sentences and contain all you need to know about the relevant part of Speech. Flip from one chapter to the next, construct your sentence, and start speaking this beautiful language.
Let's Learn Hindi will be useful to Beginners, those who already have some knowledge of Hindi, and anyone traveling to India for business or pleasure. It is also a reference book and a teaching aid, encompassing simple to advanced Hindi structures.
About the Author
Deborah Feinstein, also known as Chaytna, was born and raised in Canada. After University she traveled around the world and reached India, where she has lived since 1977. Inspired by the beauty and depth of the traditions, knowledge and culture of India, she has devoted years to the study of Hindi, Sanskrit and Indian philosophy. To this day she speaks, lectures in, and teaches Hindi, Philosophy, and meditation worldwide.
Hindi is not difficult to learn, and this book will enable those
with no previous knowledge of this language to reach a point
where they can read, write, and converse in it.
Hindi is a rich and melodic language, spoken, written, and studied
widely throughout India, both as a mother tongue and as a
second or third language. Learning it will open the door to a
fascinating and diverse culture that spans thousands of years
of uninterrupted history.
The primary source of Hindi is Sanskrit, one of the most ancient
spoken and written languages in the world, and one of the
earliest ancestors of the Indo-European language family. Like
Sanskrit, Hindi is written in the Dev Naagari script, which is
common to several other Indian languages as well. Much of
the vocabulary of Hindi comes from Sanskrit, though Hindi
also has a special relationship with Urdu. Their grammar and
much of their vocabulary are virtually identical, though Urdu is
written in a modified form of the Arabic script.
Language is a natural and basic skill in a human being, and a
child has an innate capacity to learn many languages. The
potential must still exist within everyone, no matter what their
age or training. It is just a matter of finding a method or system
of getting the particular pattern of a language into the mind,
and then getting that information to function.
I have been teaching Hindi to a growing group of people of all
ages, languages and professions from all over the world. Because
of the diversity of my students, I needed to find a method that
was simple, immediate, and did not require too much
memorization. This book evolved naturally from years of
looking for a system which would assist anyone to acquire Hindi
vocabulary and understand the elements of its grammar.
Out of my own experience of studying and teaching Hindi for
over fifteen years, I developed the idea for a book with chapters
arranged according to the parts of speech and their order in a
Hindi sentence. This system proved to be a useful and quick
way of finding the required word, even during conversations in
progress with Hindi-speaking people.
Thus, I had all my students make their own books, following
the pattern of this one. As their knowledge increased, they would
add words and rules to their books, which they could then carry
with them to practise their Hindi. Zev Ordower, a computer
engineer from Montreal, Canada, experienced the efficacy of
the handwritten book he created in our class. He then transferred
all the data to a laptop computer, thereby enabling the idea to
The Hindi presented in this book is primarily conversational,
and is that which is used in all facets of formal and informal
interaction by Hindi speakers and writers. Living and teaching
in a Hindi-speaking part of India, I have been able to test,
improve, and see the results of this method. People using this
book have usually found, even after the first lesson, that they
can converse simply with Hindi speakers, with the confidence
that they are using the most appropriate word and correct
I have found Let's Learn Hindi to be an effective teaching
and learning tool for both groups and individuals. People at all
stages of learning Hindi have appreciated it as a continually
useful source of reference and information and have found its
method to be enjoyable and inspiring. I hope you have the same
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