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Get Started In Hindi: Teach Yourself [Paperback]

Rupert Snell
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Book Description

26 Mar 2010

This product is most effective when used in conjunction with the corresponding audio support.

- You can purchase the book and double CD as a pack (ISBN: 9781444101591)

- The double CD is also sold separately (ISBN: 9781444101607)

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Is this the right course for me?

Are you looking for a course in Hindi written for the absolute beginner who has no experience of learning a foreign language?

Get Started in Hindi will give you the confidence to communicate in Hindi. Now fully updated to make your language learning experience fun and interactive. You can still rely on the benefits of a top language teacher and our years of teaching experience, but now with added learning features within the course and online. The emphasis of the course is placed on communication, rather than grammar, and all the teaching is in English, so that you will quickly and effortlessly get started in Hindi.

By the end of this course, you will be at Level B1 of the Common European Framework for Languages: can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken.

Get Started in Hindi includes:

Chapter 1: Greetings

Saying hello

Who and how people are

This and that; he, she and it

More questions

Chapter 2: Our family

Gender matters


Getting familiar

Getting formal

Chapter 3: In the room

Some more questions

Where? On the table


Chapter 4: Have some tea

Giving orders and making requests

Telling, saying, speaking, asking

Routine events

Chapter 5: What do you want?

Obliques again

What do you like, what do you want?

Availability - 'to get, to find'


Chapter 6: What work do you do?

Possession and 'to have'

The Sharma family

You can go

Let me go!

Chapter 7: The past

In the past

Getting specific

A shortcut

Adding emphasis Chapter 8: What's happening?

Comparisons: bigger and smaller

Continuous tense: '-ing' verbs

Raju is reading 'his own' newspaper

These days, in and out, up and down

Chapter 9: In the future

The future tense

Ifs and maybes

So that, in order that

How long does it take

Chapter 10: What happened?

The past tense


Other perfective tenses

Sit and rest - linking two actions

Chapter 11: It is said that...

A verb with many meanings

Finding the way in Vilaspur

It is said that...the passive is easy

You should read this - obligations

You must* read this - stronger obligations

Chapter 12: Health and style

'J-words' and relative clauses

Getting things done - causatives

Parts of the body

Shades of meaning

Style in Hindi









Learn effortlessly with a new easy-to-read page design and interactive features:

Not got much time?

One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.

Author insights

Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience.

Useful vocabulary

Easy to find and learn, to build a solid foundation for speaking.


Read and listen to everyday dialogues to help you speak and understand fast.


Don't sound like a tourist! Perfect your pronunciation before you go.

Test yourself

Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress.

Extend your knowledge

Extra online articles to give you a richer understanding of the subject.

Product details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself; 2 edition (26 Mar 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1444101587
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444101584
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Book Description

The best-selling beginner's course for a fun and effective way to learn Hindi.

This ISBN is for the paperback book. The corresponding audio support (ISBN: 9781444101607) is also available. The book and audio support can also be purchased as a pack (ISBN: 9781444101591).

About the Author

Rupert Snell has been teaching and researching Hindi since the 1970s, firstly at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London University, and latterly at the University of Texas, Austin, where he is Associate Director of the Hindi Urdu Flagship.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introduction to Hindi but.... 29 May 2010
This set is a wonderful way of getting into Hindi although the Level 3 book I purchased most definitely suits people who already know a decent amount and are perhaps coming back to the language and require a refresher course. It quickly guides you through the grammar and is jargon-free which certainly helps.

The course utilises the Devanagari script - which I learned straight away when I begun learning the language many years ago - but also has the script transliterated. The CDs are clear and spoken at a nice pace and there are plenty of written exercises to work through. It is an ideal companion to Teach Yourself Hindi which has more detail and examples regarding grammar; both are must-haves for anyone wishing to learn this intelligent, beautiful language.

Alas, all is not quite well. The box states that the book is in full colour; it isn't, it's black and white (and the print smudges easily!). Furthermore, the box states that there is access to further learning on-line but as yet I haven't discovered how to access this further learning.

I acknowledge that this is a new series and a very well thought-out one it is too so maybe these are errors which will in due course be corrected. I am awaiting Level 4 with excitement as I aim to complete all these courses in a couple of years.

Finally, information on where to sit an examination in the chosen language would be ideal. Otherwise, this is a wonderful set and one I'll return to again and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Such a Book - I have wanted for some time 6 Oct 2012
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This book is very useful for the Beginner in Hindi - I have friends from India they like to hear me TRY - to speak their language - so we swap - English / Hindi - back and forward this is a lovely arrangement
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3.0 out of 5 stars Problem with cd 18 Nov 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Just received this, everything's fine except that I can't rip the cd onto my computer - it says the file has been moved or deleted. I wanted to use it on my iPod and it's going to be pretty annoying to have spent the money on the audio if I can only use it to 'play' in my PC. Has anyone else had this problem with the file access on the cds?
Also I noticed that this is the old version on the cd, simply remarketed: it's still called 'Teach Yourself Beginner's Hindi' rather than 'Get Started in Hindi'. I don't care about this, I just want to be able to use my cd!

Any light anyone can shed is much appreciated. :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars good entry into Hindi 28 Oct 2011
Good starter for Hindi beginners.No previous experience of this fascinating language required.Good for all ages and experience.Start learning from day1
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