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Hindi Beta qualms

I feel that presenting the reading and writing in Devanagari should be an optional feature in the Hindi course... As a user who primarily aims to learn to speak Hindi, the reading tasks slow down this process and I end up guessing the answers. Unfortunately the skip function currently does not allow one to avoid the question format. Once more, I think having to complete many levels of practicing the script just to get onto the basics of spoken Hindi is more arduous than needed. I would think that this setup would be off putting for others like myself, who aim to be conversational rather than literate. I appreciate others may like this feature, however to cater for the rest of us, would this aspect of testing please become optional. Kindest regards.

August 24, 2018



You should really have a go at it.

Devanagari isn't a complex script and will 'burn' into your memory before long.

The work will be slower, but you will be surprised at how quickly you speed up.

It's also strangely pleasurable to experience a language in another script. I can't explain why, but it gives me a really cosy feeling. I think it's a good workout for the mind.

To focus on speaking, you can (and should) supplement the course with movies, song, and speaking with a native. But as you pick out more and more unfamiliar words, you will need to look them up in a dictionary (I recommend https://dsalsrv04.uchicago.edu/dictionaries/bahri/) and then you'll really appreciate knowing Devanagari by heart.

Please give it a try.

And good luck!


Fair enough. I'll persist. Lets hope it clicks soon!


As someone who's been studying Hindustani for a year in preparation to study abroad back and forth between India and Pakistan for two years, I initially agreed with you, and I understand still why you feel this way. Learning Hindi primarily through the Devanagari makes it inaccessible and creates a language barrier between you and many Hindustani speakers who now primarily use the roman alphabet or don't know Devanagari at all. Many people argued that you'd be effectively illiterate in the language and that learning a new alphabet isn't that hard ("I learned the Devanagari in a week!"), but that does not suit the needs, goals, and learning capacity of some learners.

That being said, I decided to try and learn Devanagari. It's coming more easily than I thought it would, but I suspect it will be of little use to me and may even hinder my progress.

I recommend the app "Drops". It has romanized aid throughout and has a free version, but isn't worth much without the subscription. It's pretty expensive (compared to Duolingo at absolutely free). I paid ~$35 with a student discount but it's usually ~$115.

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