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Practice Makes Perfect Basic Hindi (Practice Makes Perfect Series) [Paperback]

Sonia Taneja
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1 Sep 2012 0071784241 978-0071784245 Bilingual

Bite-sized instruction and hundreds of engaging exercises to help you develop your Hindi script, grammar, vocabulary, and conversation skills

Get a solid foundation in Hindi with Practice Makes Perfect: Basic Hindi. You will learn everything from reading and writing the Devanagari script, to mastering of core vocabulary, basic grammar, and conversational structures.

You will get clear guidance on writing the Hindi script; transliteration for all Hindi text in the first four chapters; and online recordings of key vocabulary and expressions to aid correct pronunciation.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Contemporary; Bilingual edition (1 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071784241
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071784245
  • Product Dimensions: 27.5 x 21.5 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but Hindi script very small 1 Jan 2014
By sue
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Wonderfully helpful book but some of the tables of Hindi text are extremely small and not able to be enlarged in the Kindle edition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars extremely helpful 9 Dec 2013
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This work book starts off assuming you have no knowledge of Hindi at all a very good starting point. I do have a little knowledge as I'm teaching myself and was able to test some of it out. It deals with each topic slowly to ensure you have grasped the subject matter. I am pleased that I have been able to advance my knowledge and it has given me confidence. It was money well spent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great for hindi grammar :) 17 Jun 2014
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Bought this months ago. But just using it now And its a really good book. I already can read and write the hindi script…
I just needed it to understand sentence structure and grammar and its been the best help for me. I recommend you to buy this book. Its money well spent plus you won't be disappointed
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for the learner new to Hindi. 25 Aug 2014
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Started using this book to learn Hindi from scratch. Easy to follow and we'll laid out. Starts with the basics and progresses at a good pace. Learned the vowels and consonants in around 5 hours.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Suppliment to any Hindi Course 26 Nov 2012
By Meera - Published on
I am absolutely loving this book! I have been learning Hindi for almost five years and it has been the only language that I have truly taught myself. When I first started I was shocked at how little there was on such a big language! I basically used all of Rupert Snell's "Teach Yourself" Hindi series to learn it, but I am so glad that workbooks like this are starting to be made for Hindi. This book does a really good job in the first chapter witch teaching the Devanagari script, it even has a whole section on practicing conjuncts which I have not seen yet in any Hindi textbook. the book itself is easy to use and introduces things slowly, it doesn't bang you over the head with grammar or use too much unnecessary vocabulary. I also really enjoyed the little paragraph readings the author adds in at the end of some chapters, something I haven't seen a lot of in Hindi textbooks. Although this book is very good, I wouldn't use it as a standalone resource to learn Hindi, if you are teaching yourself you will need other Hindi textbooks to accompany this, and use this workbook as extra practice. If you are taking Hindi classes and learning from a teacher, I would recommend using this book as a supplement to go along with your class. The only one complaint I have with it is that some of the vocabulary is overly Sanskritic and many Hindi speakers would not use them in everyday speech, this however shouldn't be much of a problem is you are starting out in Hindi. Overall, this is a great book for Hindi learners!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Foundation for Beginners but one omission 18 Sep 2013
By Akhilesh Pillalamarri - Published on
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This book is a gentle slope for those learning Hindi. As such, it gives the learner time to grasp the essence of the language and build a strong foundation on which to further progress. As many language learners know, compared to the major European languages and Japanese (and now Chinese), resources for many other languages are limited in both quality and quantity. The situation with Hindi is starting to change with the appearance of books such as this one and Delacy's Elementary Hindi, both of which teach Hindi in a systematic way with proper exercises and grammatical explanations. No doubt this book will provide a great foundation for intermediate Hindi study.

There is one problem with this book. I believe it is a significant problem. It doesn't negate the other good qualities of this book, which is why it still deserves 4 stars. Nonetheless, it is hard to use Hindi without knowledge of the normal past tense, as opposed to the past imperfect ("used to"). This book only talks about the past imperfect (I used to eat) and does not convey how to make a simple past sentence such as "I went." Now, this is related to a particle in Hindi that is often used with the past, "ne" which is probably one of the most difficult aspects of Hindi grammar for a beginner to grasp. However, it is not a nuance that can be delegated to a more advanced level since it is difficult to use any language without conjugating verbs in the past tense and this is simply the one aspect of Hindi grammar that one must slog through in order to grasp Hindi. Personally, I wish the past tense were included in this book, so that the habituation of students to it could begin, sooner rather than later.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Useful Resource for Beginners 6 Nov 2012
By V. GAMBHIR - Published on
Sonia Taneja's Basic Hindi is a welcome addition to the Hindi resources for beginners. It provides comprehensible and step-by-step explanations with numerous practice exercises for learning Hindi script, sounds, basic grammar and vocabulary. Its presentation is user-friendly and the answer-key is helpful for self-learners. Both heritage and non-heritage learners can kick-start their study of Hindi language and culture with this book. An accompanying CD would have been very helpful for learning Hindi sounds and picking up native-like pronunciation of dialogues.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars an amazing resource for practicing Hindi 12 Oct 2012
By Skhurana - Published on
Practice Makes Perfect Basic Hindi (Practice Makes Perfect Series) by Sonia Taneja is a great resource for practicing reading and writing Hindi. For language teachers this is an excellent supplement. One of many things that I have found very useful that I can mention about this workbook is - (besides the fact teaching and practicing alphabet) the glossary of words in categories, for example, for things in the house, there are words of furniture, rooms etc, and for things outside the house it has words for garden, tree, plants etc. As a language teacher, I have found this resource very useful. This workbook has the flexibility to supplement any syllabus. I have gotten this workbook just before this semester started and have already used it successfully. I am sure in the future, I will discover more usages for this book. An great book for practicing Hindi!
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book For The Beginners 6 Feb 2014
By shanmugapriya - Published on
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It is a nice and fantastic book for the Beginners. Those who want to learn grammar, they can have this book and can refer whenever they want. I love it.
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