Practical, Speaking-First Hindi Learning

Is it possible to make a version of the course that doesn't start so heavy-handedly with Hindi characters and instead starts with romanized Hindi? The most popular Hindi learning videos I've seen on YouTube take this approach and I think it is helpful for English speakers.

Honestly, if I'm going to start with having to associate basic sounds with Hindi characters, I won't even start the course and will look for a different resource than DuoLingo. I want to start by learning things that are actually useful in spoken conversation with Hindi speakers in America and abroad.

Learning written Hindi has little practical use for me. I won't be typing it. I won't be discussing things in Hindi in online forums. I don't even have a keyboard for it and am not interested in getting one. I want to learn things I can use when interacting with people in person.

July 30, 2018


Duolingo takes this approach for all languages and I know how frustrating it can be. I faced a similar problem with the Chinese course where I gave up after a couple of lessons. I am now learning Chinese on Memrise which starts teaching through audio recordings and Roman characters. Maybe I'll return to Duo when I'm ready but definitely not for some more time.

July 31, 2018

I totally agree. Course should give option on whether to learn via romanized characters or Devanagari first.

July 31, 2018
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