https://www.duolingo.com/tulsihindi

Hindi released in beta!

I'm so excited! I've been waiting years for this moment.

July 18, 2018

75 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/ANUJM04

The wait is finally over! Now let’s see how long before the course graduates from beta, Jai Ganesha Deva!!!

July 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/isnottogive

OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!!!!!! IT IS HERE IT IS HERE!!!!!! The excitement, it cannot be contained!

I already enrolled, though it’ll probably take me a Bit to actually try it.

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/daKanga

This is sooooooooo exciting !
I have created a very rough tinycard deck for the first skill.

https://tiny.cards/decks/8ofJ5ay8/hindi-duolingo-1st-skill

And also started to create for Hindi a very very rough draft of the keyboard layout by using a spreadsheet : https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1hnxAmGKLI_qrTIm-YeNR8yPnJaPJlQrRgFFNsv4v6c0/edit?usp=sharing

Please also comment if you see things wrong in the keyboard spreadsheet, or can assist in filling in the blanks.

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/daKanga

Also, I highly recommend reading the main, and informative post about the release :

Hindi for English speakers in live in Beta

It has lots of useful and interesting information.

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Surya.h

I've never used a course before while it's still in beta. Is it normal for the course to be released in beta with such a short tree?

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Kyrsi_x

Recently yes but not all of them, certain languages like Japanese and High Valyrian were released as small trees but the courses will expand in the future and Hindi will mostly likely expand when it graduates.

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/AndriLindbergs

Does this mean they will add more lessons?

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/isnottogive

It is very likely!

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Sam362597

I think so. I've never worked on a language in beta before but the French one updates fairly regularly. I guess this is just a first draft.

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/AndriLindbergs

Let's hope so

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/jegviltaledansk

Tillykke med så mange fem og tyve niveaur :)

July 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/alavdaisere

Does anyone know how to report general errors? I'm trying to learn the "letters" and none of the images of letters are actually showing up!

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/MitchyBoi.

Hi Alavdaisere. They are appearing for me. Have you tried using a different browser? You can also trying clearing your browser cache and/or logging out and back in.

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/alavdaisere

I tried logging out and logging back and clearing my cache. I don't actually think that's the problem, though. To be clear, I can see the Hindi letters when it's matching, but for the multiple choice, all I see is a dot. I think it's an html issue, as I can see the letters when I resize the page.

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/tulsihindi

I had the same problem in Chrome. It works fine in Firefox.

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/MitchyBoi.

Have you tried a different browser or different PC?

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/alavdaisere

No, but I did put in a bug report with Duolingo. It's definitely an problem with the html. I love Duolingo, but I'm not downloading Firefox just to use it! :)

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/MitchyBoi.

Can confirm it is working fine on Chrome Version 67.0.3396.99 (Official Build) (64-bit)

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/DestartreK1st

It is actually like Japanese or Korean course.

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/AndriLindbergs

I noticed that, but this course was 3 years in the making! I was expecting more :(

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Deven649661

This is the first day of it being in beta. The tree will expand over time. That's what happened with the Chinese course also.

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/jegviltaledansk

How long does the beta version usually remain as such? Any idea?

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/anitramwaju

It depends of a lot of things (the quality of the course when entering beta, its length, its complexity, the speed of the volunteers to correct mistakes, etc.).

Some courses have graduated from beta after a few weeks or months. Others are still in beta after two years…

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/QuiteAlright

I think in part it depends on how much people care. I doubt English>Klingon will ever get out of beta, for example...

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/jzsuzsi

I think Klingon will get out of beta earlier than Hungarian...

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/jegviltaledansk

Wow, I had no idea the time could vary so much. Thanks for the clarification.

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Deepa.p

THANK THE LORDS!!! The duolingo hindi course has finally graced this earth!!!

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/siciIy

thanks hindi team! guess i know what i'll be doing for the next couple hours...

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Kateykr

I know, this is both a terribly huge blessing and a bit of a curse. Thanks so much Hindi team!!!

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/zeebo7

This is great. Thanks for putting it together. My girlfriend's family only speaks Hindi, so it has been a priority for a while. For those who want to go a little further, the Hindi for English speakers course is also great practice. I more-or-less finished it while waiting for this, and as an added bonus the comment sections in that one are sometimes hilarious.

Also, for anyone who wants to type in devanagari, just add the Hi (devanagari) keyboard, and you can also set an option to toggle through keyboards with shift+ctrl or shift+alt. The great thing about the hindi keyboard is it maps quite nicely to english (unlike the Arabic or Russian keyboards, or at least the ones I've used):

a = ा, i = ि, e = े, u = ु, o = ो, k = क, g = ग, j = ज, etc.

Also shift gets you the aspirated variants of consonants (ख,घ,भ,ठ, etc.).

You have to get used to using the 'AltGr' button, as that gets you the the full vowel forms: अ,इ,ए,उ,ओ, and then the tricky thing is AltGr+Shift for the full forms of the long vowels: आ,ई,ऐ,ऊ, but you get used to it.

Hey, you can also make the ॐ symbol everyone gets tattooed on their backs!

Then there's the ् (the halant, or killing stroke), which maps to the x key on an english keyboard. And this is where things get really fun. Add it to a consonant to cancel out the vowel sound, and then it will combine with the next letter: क+्+ग=क्ग, च+्+छ = च्छ (like in अच्छा), etc. Here's the full list: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devanagari#Biconsonantal_conjuncts

There are also some 'secret' ones that are not for the faint of heart:

क्ष, ज्ञ, for example.

Anyway, all this to say it's a really fun script. Go wild.

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Erik_Pedersen

The excellent advice from zeebo7, above, pertains to Windows computers and keyboards. For those who have a Mac, you can install a Hindi-Sanskrit QWERTY layout which behaves pretty similarly, except that you type F to get the virāma. Click "Show Keyboard Viewer" under the flag icon in the menu bar, and you will see what happens whenever you click a basic character or modify it with the Shift, Option or Shift-Option key. For other Duolingo languages that require a Latin keyboard with various umlauts, accent marks and diacritics, the best choice for Mac users is to instal the ABC - Extended keyboard layout. By using the Keyboard Viewer (which is an ordinary window that you can expand to show the individual letters in a bigger font size), you quickly learn that option-6 gives a circumflex for letters like ĝ or ĥ, option-b gives a breve for a letter like ŭ, option-a gives a macron for letters like ā or ī, etc. Once you get used to it, it's much faster than picking one of the highlighted tiles with the mouse.

Hey, Duo, thanks so much for the Hindi course. Even if it's brief, a blind uncle is better than no uncle at all.

July 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/saidthecat

What does this mean? I still can't access it

July 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/tulsihindi

I can't access it on my phone (ios), but it works on the website.

Log in on the website, click to the left of your name, and then on "Add a new course". Scroll down and click "Hindi." The next page shows "in beta" on course progress, and should have a button above that which says something like "Start Learning".

July 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/JAndrzej

As far as I know, courses in beta are never available via the app.

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/anitramwaju

Most of the courses in beta are available on the mobile apps. But usually they appear first on the web and then on the mobile apps a few weeks later (except for Japanese that appeared first in the iOS app).

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/smelldra

Thank you thank you thank you

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/darthvader_

its available via laptop

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/BhaktaSing1

this is fantastic. my wife and I have been anxiously waiting. I hope it is as effective as the german tree we've been using, cus that is really well put together

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/byes11

I tested out of the first section and the only word questioned was was "ek" 1.

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/KananG1

That seems to be a bug, probably because the first section is mostly only characters. We'll look into it, thanks.

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/StevenBroo16

Same here!

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/vikasagartha

Me too!

July 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/jegviltaledansk

I've finished the tree and also completed about 60% of all skills to level 5 each. I think the tips and notes would be really helpful. Things like subject gender conjugation is really tricky in Hindi and having tips and guides on it would help the learners greatly.

Additionally, are we also going to be taught the entire Devnagari letters or is whatever there is available already is all we get, I wonder.

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/daKanga

Have you read what is said in https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/28071490 ?

Could I also suggest, that if any of you have the skills, and would like to make some posts to assist in further information about each of the skills, it could be very useful to other learners as well.

While ultimately there will be Tips and Notes, it is very useful to have multiple references to read about topics. As each of us write differently, and also each of are starting from different starting points. So different ways of explaining things can be useful to be able to refer to.

If someone does take up this challenge, don't forget it is very beneficial to self index you different posts, to also assist in other learners accessing the informative and instructive posts that you create.

Also by posting them in the forums, people can correct things and discuss issues, which also help improve the depth and quality of the information that is available.

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/jegviltaledansk

Thanks for the link, Linda and also for the encouragement to help expand the course.

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/KananG1

Hi, Devanagari has 47 letters (13 vowels and 24 consonants). We have covered pretty much all of them, except for 2-3 which are either too complicated in the beginning or are not needed for words we are covering now.

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/jegviltaledansk

I have enjoyed the course and I can only imagine how hard it must be to design a course like this catering to a global target audience. So, thanks for this. I hope the tips and notes that you plan to add later will be of further help to new learners alongside those who have a grasp of the language beforehand.

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/lernejano

Thank God!

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/AndriLindbergs

Wow awesome bahot dhanyavaḍ It seems very short though

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Steve442199

Yes - I am finally a Hindi student! Happy Days!

this will be my second focus; Italian will continue to be my number 1, though :)

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Deven649661

Finished the course. Now time to wait another 3 years for a new one :)

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/jzsuzsi

Wow, that was fast. Even though it is a short tree.

How much does the course teach?

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Deven649661

I'm a Hindi speaker and did the placement test, and it put me to the very last lesson; but I still went back through some of the lessons to check out the format. The course teaches the basics of the language very well but the tree should expand soon as it's only the first day of release.

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/daKanga

hint : Don't forget to check out the main post about the release, which includes addressing issues like this.
;P ( I am sooooo excited to see this course released )

https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/28071490

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Proginoskes

I know! I was off Duoling for a week and a half, then I came back today to find that Hindi just launched! I had been waiting a long time for this. I'm so happy.

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/OstenCramer

Woohoo! Thanks for all the hard work!

July 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Sam362597

Is there any way to get back into the placement test? It asked me one question, I failed to figure out how to access the Devanagari keyboard, tried an English transliteration, screwed it up and was chucked directly into level one.

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Sam362597

Oh, is that the only way? I've spent the past hour or so working through lessons - think I might as well plough on now. Thanks anyway.

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/timotheehusson

do you know when it will be available one the app? for now it is only ont the laptop

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/daKanga

As others have mentioned, there will be all sorts of factors as to how soon it will be also released on the App. So we have not as yet been given any indication.
I am also sure they will first be waiting until the web version starts to pass in flying colors whatever tests and statistics that have been determined necessary, before undertaking the work of propagating it onto the apps. However I have no inside information on this.

I though have trust that they will be doing this as soon as they can.

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Christophe2491

Thanks a lot!

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Kateykr

DHANYVAAD DUOLINGO RAAB RAKHAAAAAAAAAAAA

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/webgenie

Great! I've finally able to see the link for the course (couldn't yesterday, probably needed to clear my cache) and I'm now officially a Hindi student!

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/jegviltaledansk

Tillykke med det :)

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/daKanga

Og tillykke med din danske jagviltaledansk ;P

July 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/jegviltaledansk

Tusind tak, linda :P

July 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/daKanga

हिंदी छात्र होने पर बधाई!

July 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/manveer.jarosz

How do we report bugs? The audio for Basics-2 doesn't seem to work.

"Select what you hear" doesn't play anything.

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/MitchyBoi.

Hi Manveer,

Select any answer then click ‘Report’ at the bottom left.

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/KanjiSenpai

YESSSSSSSS

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/DiegoDutra

I am so happy. I'm gonna start the course right now :)

July 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Petra97459

Hurray! Waited so long :-) No finally let's try to learn some Hindi befrore leaving for our 6th trip to India.

July 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/N-ti

Ich auch!

July 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Yogitahh

Finally!!! I was waiting for this. Im really excited to learn hindi thanks duolingo

July 31, 2018
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