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Why is there a resource shortage? And how to overcome it?

I've noticed that even though Hindi is spoken by so many people, there is only a tiny amount of resources. From what I've gathered are the short Duolingo tree, the Mango course, and whatever I can scrounge up on Memrise. That's it.

So how does anybody actually learn Hindi without going to India then? I like Hindi, I think for now that I will commit further to it, but there are just no resources. I'd hate to put a lot of time into Hindi early on just to reach an A2/B1 level with nowhere else to go.

Anybody have any ideas?

October 7, 2019

9 Comments


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    I agree. Languages from India seem to be overlooked, let us say, by language learners and hence those putting together materials. I think there's a myth that everyone speaks English, so why bother learning?

    There are books though. Good use of them along with online courses will help you get to A2/B1. And then you're into doing what you can with native materials. I'm learning another Indian language (Bengali) which is even more poorly served than Hindi, and I've reached this point of not having further materials - it gets very hard but persistence is key.

    This Hindi course is quite nice, but I'm supplementing the explanations/vocab with Snell's Get Started in Hindi, which covers a similar amount of grammar.

    October 8, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tvl..

    Indeed, the amount and variety of online material for Hindi and other Indian languages is too small. Even finding a good quality online dictionary is difficult

    October 16, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Darius568602

    Have you tried https://www.hindipod101.com ? I use it for Hebrew, haven't tried the Hindi version yet.

    October 8, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Meghan1991

    In my opinion, Hindipod101 is OK, but not worth the money. It's useful for listening practice, but not as a resource to learn about grammar rules.

    October 10, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Darius568602

    Good to know.

    October 11, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bob20020

    Nah, I looked at it but it isn't free, pretty much everything costs money

    October 8, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Darius568602

    The Hebrew one has a free and a paid version. Is that not the case with the Hindi one?

    October 8, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bob20020

    There were a couple free ones, but in total it was a small portion of the website. I'd guess 10% maybe, or less, that I could access. Is that the one you're talking about?

    October 8, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Darius568602

    I guess so. That's a pity.

    October 11, 2019
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