on 2 January 2010
Haveing tried to learn Hindi for some time, with limited success I have found these cards to be the mose effective and best way to date, the only "down side" is the packaging there is a plastic tray with 4 compartments. each compartment has 112 cards in it these cards are wraped however when you open them and put them back in the box they have a tendancy to spill out and mix up, but dont let this small thing put you off.
on 12 May 2010
This is one of the best hindi learning tools I have ever purchased. The set consists of 448 flashcards and booklet. The booklet contains a dictionary of all the words on the flashcards, including card number for easy reference.
The cards themselves are brilliant. One one side there is a word in large font (written in the devanagari script) and then four related words or short phrases in a smaller font (also in devanagari). On the other side of the card, all od the other side is shown transliterated and also in english. There is also an example of the word in a sentence.
One of the key things that makes these cards so useful is the four related words or phrases on the cards. Some of these are just useful additional forms or extensions of the main word, whilst others are idioms or expressions that you might not pick up from a standard learning hindi book. It is all very logical and useful.
The cards themselves cover a wide range of basic vocabulary. Starting with numbers, people words (you, me, us, them, mother, father, boy, girl, etc.) and moving through all sorts of things from colours, time words (today, tomorrow, week, month, year, etc.), adjectives, prepositions...it really is a very good way to build up a fantastic vocabulary. What's more, thanks to the sample sentences and related words/ phrases, you'll actually be able to use the words you have learnt.
I recommend that after the first time you go through the cards, shuffle them up so you don't get use to the order they are in. Then you can select, say, five cards a day and take them with you in your handbag or pocket so you can practice all day.
Finally, I notice that the other reviewer mentions that the cards slide around in the box once open. Well, there is a simple solution to that: just secure the cards with elastic bands.