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A Way to Hindi

Hello everyone interested in learning Hindi :)

I'm a Hindi native interested in volunteering my service for Hindi for English. And for that I've already submitted my application in the Incubator long long ago.

Long ago, after following WIU (Weekly Incubator Update)for getting an update on this course for about five months and noticing its standstill, I wrote these two posts :-

Unofficial Introduction to the Hindi Writing System -Devanāgarī : Post 1 | Post 2

There, I fretted a lot with formatting codes to show my tabulated work, and so abandoned the series in frustration.

Then, a couple of months ago, I happened to gain some knowledge to develop a language course at http://www.memrise.com

So, the course visualised through writing the above-mentioned posts is getting into its real at: Learn Devanāgarī through ITrans (Indic Transliteration)

Salient Features: -
1. The course is studded with multimedia lessons in a systematic way.
2. Devanāgarī Letters are introduced with animated gifs.
3. Devanāgarī keyboard is not needed to key in / input answers. Alternate answers are there in ITrans, and can be keyed in through English Keyboards.
4. Sound files have been uploaded for every entry in all completed lessons.

At present, the course is about 18hrs duration with 40 complete lessons and I'll develop it further if a good number of learners show interest in it.

But sadly, the course and its creator are feeling trampled under a huge heap of other (about 100) Hindi courses there. Some with misleading title as Hindi - All you need to know with just 13 entries and that too with errors! And it is visible at first page of Hindi courses' list!

I hope to get some (or may be lots of) Hindi learners to my course through this post.

So, please tell your friends interested in learning Hindi about this course!

And, please up-vote this post so that it remains visible and chances of other Hindi learners noticing it may rise.

Once again, here is the link: Learn Devanāgarī through ITrans (Indic Transliteration)

Thank you and happy learning :)

November 4, 2016



I am pleased to see that the resources for learning Hindi is increasing thanks to the language learning communities and the interested contributors. There are almost no resources to learn Hindi. By resources, I mean, proper resources which help a learner learn the language from the most basic level. I have tried searching for resources myself, for linking in my lessons, but, there are no proper lessons that begin from the point a beginner has to begin. Most of the resources have the basics unexplained and the later skills covered. By creating resources for learners who are enthusiastic to begin from Step 1, I see that the resources problem will soon be solved. :) And don't you worry! There are many people who cannot rest with learning from a single resource, the resources you have been working on will soon be among the top Memrise courses! :)


Thanks a lot for the appreciation and encouraging words, Anne :)


बहुत धन्यवाद! I've been waiting for Duolingo to have Hindi for English speakers, very patiently. In the meantime have been using memrise, among other resources. I will also check your out.

जय हिन्द! हर हर महादेव


आपको भी धन्यवाद :) And welcome to my Hindi Course!

After several months, I visited my Hindi memrise course today morning (13th July 2018) and noticed that all images (the portions of lessons' material in image format) had been missing in the multimedia lessons due to dead links. I have re-worked in finding out missing images, and have placed them again in the guide lessons.

Best wishes for learning Hindi. हिन्दी सीखने के लिए आपको शुभकामनायें। जय हो!


Very good initiative vinaysaini. Very pleased to see that people are working for Hindi. People from various countries are very eager to learn Hindi but due to lack of proper platform they could not do that. Best of luck for you and it will be pleasure for me that I can help you to serve my mother language.


Thank you Akash for your graciousness :) and as Anneysha puts it: -

By creating resources for learners who are enthusiastic to begin from Step 1, I see that the resources problem will soon be solved. :)

I hope this Hindi course enabling learners to take Step 1 in Hindi would also enable them to a few more steps too!

For this thanks supermost to Duolingo where we are not only learning world's languages but also sharing knowledge of our own language with people of various countries, interested in learning it.

And though we are in the dark as to whether Duolingo Hindi team will provide their course with some standard transliteration of Hindi, but I hope they would and this course would quite be enabler! :)

And as for help, Akash, I would like to have a critical review of the course :)


Thank you. This course is so interesting. I did a great job.


Please excuse me for posting here but I have no idea where else to post it. Duo, there are many people like me, interested in learning to speak and understand Hindi - not necessarily wanting to write the Devanagiri script. Could you hold a simpler Hindi class using Romanized Hindi so that we can learn to speak and understand this language way faster than learning the script which is hard. And the teaching methodology is not very interesting or meaningful. So please - perhaps another class with Hindi in English? Dhanyavad.


Hey guys, I understand that Hindi is a phonetic language (meaning that the way something is pronounced is well laid out in the spelling) but one of my Hindi friends has told me that मैं (and others) is actually pronounced without the "n" sound at the end; he also told me that हूँ is pronounced without the "n" sound at the end also in conversational Hindi. Can someone explain when I should pronounce the "n" or anything similar to that?


For answer on this and other special sounds and diacritics of Hindi, I've copy-pasted the content of the lesson on special diacritics of Hindi. Further, you may like to learn and practice words with these special sounds at my course at memrise.com

anusvaar ं ITrans: .n

The superscript ं called 'anusvaar' is used in place of half nasal consonants - the letters you've seen in the 5th column of the 5*5 matrix chart of Hindi consonants. Here are some example words: -

ga~Ngaa गङ्गा = गंगा ga.ngaa

pa~nch पञ्च = पंच pa.nch (=eng. punch)

paNDit पण्डित = पंडित pa.nDit

hindii हिन्‍दी = हिंदी hi.ndii

dambh दम्भ = दंभ da.nbh / da.mbh (conceit)

Note: - (1.) Before the consonants that are separate and below of 5*5 matrix chart viz. य ya, र ra, ल la, व va, श sha, ष Sha, स sa, ह ha, we use the anusvaar superscript ं only.

(2.) In modern Hindi, ं is more common than the half-nasals.

(3.) If a half nasal is followed by a nasal, we don't use anusvaar. E.g. sammaan सम्मान (respect), chammach चम्मच (spoon), unnati उन्नति (progress), janm जन्म (birth) etc.

anunaasik ँ ITrans: .N

This is also a nasal but with two subtle differences. (1) While an anusvaar symbolizes a half nasal consonant, an anunaasik is just a nasality given to a vowel, and (2) Whereas in voicing of anusvaar air escapes through nose only, in voicing anunaasik air escapes through both the nose as well as the mouth.

Note: - In a few instances, where words have the same spelling except for the use of anusvaar and anunaasik, you have to be careful, because replacing anusvaar with anunaasik or vice versa causes a change in meaning e.g. ha.ns हंस (is a bird) and ha.Ns हँस (means 'Laugh!'); svaa.ng स्वांग (sva स्व+ a.ng अंग means 'organ/limb of self(body)') and svaa.Ng स्वाँग (means 'farce').

visarg ः ITrans: H

This diacritic marks a little ह् h sound at the end of a consonant. Actually visarg ः, which is a vestige from Sanskrit, is found only a in a few words in modern Hindi. With the passage of time, it has become extinct from some words. E.g. दुःख duHkh (means sorrow, grief, regret) is mostly used without visarg ः as दुख dukh.

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