https://www.duolingo.com/MyaRexa

Hindi course completed - review and resources! :) 

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दो दिन पहले, मैंने हिंदी पेड़ पूरा कियी. धन्यवाद और अच्छा काम, हिंदी की कोर्स की टीम! 

I've completed the Hindi course in 22 days and finished it at 11th level. Before, I had no contact with Hindi or Devanagari script, so I've started out as a total beginner - but I've enjoyed it very much! I'd never expected to actually finish it, but it lured me in ;) I just hoped to learn Devanagari, but ended going through the entire course, because Hindi is indeed a beautiful language - and "exotic" languages are a weakness of mine ;)) Thank you, Hindi team!!! :) 


The Hindi course is quite short, so it doesn't cover much material, vocabulary-wise. The teaching of past tenses is a bit rushed, there probably should be more lessons (with more quirky sentences) to practice them. All the tenses also need Tips & Notes sections, as do "Modals" and "Imperative". 

The "Family" skills could use an explanation of Hindi family naming system. 

(https://www.omniglot.com/language/kinship/hindi.htm)  (https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Hindi/Family_relations)  (https://www.brighthubeducation.com/studying-a-language/18030-hindi-vocabulary-for-relatives/


WHAT IS MISSING IN THE COURSE:   

  • daily phrases: hello, good morning/afternoon/day/evening/night, good luck, see you later, happy birthday, congratulations, nice to meet you etc. 

(https://www.omniglot.com/language/phrases/hindi.php)  (https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Hindi/Everyday_Phrases

  • numbers beyond 10: 20, 30..., 11, 21, etc. 

(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hindustani_numerals)  (https://www.omniglot.com/language/numbers/hindi.htm

  • more colors, like: brown, gray, orange, pink, violet, 

  • more adjectives like: narrow, wide, nice, mean, strong, weak, interesting, boring, free, light, dark, early, late, soft, hard, loud, quiet, heavy, wet, dry, empty, full, dirty, clean,  

(http://www.anilmahato.com/hindi-adjectives-list/

  • basic animals: goat, sheep, pig, chicken... (and some others: donkey, camel, lion, tiger, deer, fox, wolf, rabbit,  monkey, snake, frog, turtle, crocodile, lizard, insect, fly, beetle, butterfly, ...) 

(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wildlife_of_India)

  • some very basic directions, such as: left, right, below, north, south, west, east, 

  • nature & weather: mountain, hill, sea, ocean, island, field, forest, jungle, snow, ice, smoke, fog, sunny, cloudy, windy, rainy,  

  • common food such as: bread, pasta, curry, cheese, pizza, coffee, juice, butter, soup, kinds of meat (pork, beef, chicken), meals (lunch, dinner, supper), more fruit & vegetables vocabulary,   

(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Indian_dishes)

  • city & places: restaurant, police, library, hospital, university, cinema, theater, zoo, hotel, airport, station, bus stop,  

  • vehicles: bike, scooter, motor, taxi, ship, boat, plane, train, bus, riksha,  

  • more basic vocabulary, like: map, phone, pen, plate, movie, tv, radio, rooms of a house, garden, etc.

  • commonly used verbs, such as those: understand, bathe, drive, travel, call, find, loose, pay, wait,

  • more advanced - culture, politics, economy, education and religion-related vocabulary: holidays, festival, to celebrate, law, crime, prison, thief, classroom, textbook, dictionary, religions' names,


PROPOSED SECTIONS TO ADD:

Greetings (!), Countries & Nationalities (!), Travel & Transport, Household & Items, City & Places, Occupations, Sports & Hobbies, Education, Economy, Science, Art & Music, Politics, Religion, Culture, Celebration,


Resources:   

(http://www.mindurhindi.com/)  (http://hindilanguage.info./)
(http:/www.anilmahato.com/)

  • Learning Devanagari: 

(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:IPA/Hindi_and_Urdu)  (https://www.omniglot.com/writing/hindi.htm)  (http://hindilanguage.info/devanagari/)  (http://www.mindurhindi.com/hindi-alphabet-table-content/

(http://www.hindiverbs.com/tenses.html)  (http://www.mindurhindi.com/hindi-grammar-rule/)  (http://hindilanguage.info/hindi-grammar/)  (https://blogs.transparent.com/hindi/tag/hindi-grammar/


The course won't teach you:   

  • how to greet somebody ("Greetings") 
  • how to ask for directions ("Directions", basic vocab and "City & Places") 
  • how to order most of the food in a restaurant   
  • essential travel phrases 
  • countries other than "India" and "America" (referring to the US),  
  • occupations other than "teacher" and "writer",    

Summary: 

For now, the Hindi course is an appetizer - it gives you a taste of the language (how the grammar works: nouns' gender, plurality, adjectives declination, some basic tenses, postpositions etc.), makes you want to learn more of it (at least for me), but it doesn't feed your hunger aka teach you enough vocabulary to get by, even in the most basic social situations. 

This course still needs some serious development - and I'm very much looking forward to the Hindi Tree V2 :) Dear Duo - please make it possible ;) Hindi is such a beautiful language, it would be a shame to leave it at the level it is... unfinished, leaving people hanging. Also, I hope the long-upcoming Arabic course will be more complete and developed when (if?) it will be released.   

मैं तुम्हारी अच्छी किस्मत की कामना करती हूँ! :)


PS. I may add a bit of words and sections later to suggest... but I think I've gone through most of the sections usually appearing in other courses by now. Also, please excuse my mistakes in Hindi! (Google Translate came to help me...)


Thank you everyone for your positive feedback! :) I've updated the words and sections a bit. I've also added a few links - for example culture-related, Indian cuisine and wildlife.
There's also this blog (http://www.shalusharma.com), written by an Indian lady, with info about culture, travel tips and more. ;)

5 months ago

14 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/JulesF.
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Very helpful to the team and learners! Thank you!

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CarlosLM.
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Ohhh, I was going to ask you for your favourite resources after finishing the course, but now I don't need to!! :-) And well, I think that to learn how to write devanagari are essential external resources, being my favourite one this tutor: http://enjoylearningsanskrit.com/sanskrit-alphabet-tutor, and to practice with sound tests and to learn some conjuncts this other one: https://www.hindibhasha.com/hindiscripttutor.htm. And at the moment as I've had notes, I only needed the Wiktionary as an external resource, but certainly I'll use your links when I get to the skills without notes! :-S

Congratulations for your successful completion of the course, and I hope that you can meet your future Hindi language goals!!! ;-)))

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KevanSF
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Wow, great job! I hope the team has a chance to read and incorporate your helpful suggestions. It doesn't look like I'll get through the course anytime soon, but I'm sure glad it's there!

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DiegoJaviUnlam
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This is a wonderful review indeed. Speechless! Congratulations! :)

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MyaRexa
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I've updated the links and vocab/sections - I hope everyone following this thread will get this notif by email.
शुभकामनाएं ! :)

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RanzoG
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शाबाश!

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/smellyeye
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Thank you for all the information!

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dhawal.Vaghela

Great post! Thanks for taking the time to make this post.

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bran_Oliver
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woooow thanks for that

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kinpandun
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Thank you so much for testing this course out! I think I'll wait to access it until it comes out of beta and is available on the app. Hopefully by then, they'll have incorporated your advice and fleshed out the course a little bit.

Thanks for your time,

Kin Pandun.

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/koopr
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What a wonderfully thoughtful and thorough review. Thank you for taking the time to leave your comments—and helpful links—for the community.

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Maughanster_
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Congratulations Mya! And thank you for the resources. :)

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BrianLaRue
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fantastic post, very informational, thanks for all the resources!

4 months ago
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