3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 19 August 2005
Previous reviewers have evidently got on with this book but in my view (and I speak as someone who already knows the basics of Hindi gramar) it has a crucial failing - it doesn't list whether nouns are masculine or feminine. This information is needed in order to correctly add adjectives to nouns, but it also affects a number of grammatical constructions, including the past tense for transitive verbs. You are therefore left to guess at whether there should be a masculine or feminine ending in these instances, unless you buy another dictionary to tell you! (The Lonely Planet Phrasebook, whilst being not as comprehensive in some ways, does include this gender info in its dictionary section.)
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 9 January 2004
An extremely well set out book with lots of help on pronunciation. Perfect size to carry around for quick reference too, with plenty of helpful phrases. A must for anyone travelling to India or just wanting to learn for fun. Highly recommended.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 5 May 2003
A supurb starter book for learning Hindi. I have M.E and struggle with my concentration but found this book very easy to use. It has an useful referance section and the layout made using the book simple. It also gives help in understanding the structure of the Hindi language as well as hints and tips on the culture which are both interesting and useful. Its also a useful book for either going on holiday or just general interest and contains so much information that its a bargin for the price. An Excellent book !!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 April 2003
I have a real interest in learning languages, and as I love Bollywood films I thougt I would teach myself Hindi. At the moment I am ill will M.E and struggle with my concentration, but found this book easy to use and understand. It has a really simple layout and explains the sounds and basics of the Hindu language in an easy manner. This book is perfect for reference and grounding and I have learn't a lot from it. I highly recommend this book, especially at the price.
on 14 December 2006
I found this book quite useful for occasional everyday language reference, especially as there isn't exactly an abundance of dictionaries of Roman Urdu/Hindi. It is for beginners and for getting by it should be enough.
Have to say though - the colloquialism/slang/swearwords in Urdu are much ruder than their English translations suggest!