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5.0 out of 5 stars Well organized, motivating, inspiring and enjoyable book that HAS TOUGHT me how to write and read in Hindi, 15 July 2006
This review is from: Teach Yourself Beginner's Hindi Script (TYBS) (Paperback)
Rupert Snell`s "Beginner's Hindi Script" was the first book I bought meaning to start learning Hindi from the stage of an absolute beginner. I have a visual memory so script was very important for me because it helps to remember Hindi words "in pictures". So, in a result, after a month or so I've learnt how to read and write in Hindi. It was really easy and fun; the book has 8 units and I used to learn 1 unit in about 2-3 days. The author explains how to use the book, tells the history of Devanagari script and other languages and scripts of India, also compares Hindi and Urdu. There is the Devanagari syllabary in the book, each sound thoroughly explained, there are very clear hand written examples of how to write Devanagari, then I also learnt how to conjunct two or more consonants (which is when they change their form). The book includes exercises where we can check how good we've learnt the unit and there are answers at the end of the book. I also loved there were loads of black and white pictures of Northern Indian shop, road or bus signs where we are supposed to try and read them (everything includes answers). I think the book was very well organized and I loved the way it was. It is good not only for those just starting to learn Hindi, but also for those who know Hindi but need to improve their reading/writing. Each unit also includes an amount of, in my opinion, very useful Hindi words which help to build our basic vocabulary. At the end of the book, there was also a Hindi text written in Devanagari, Roman transliteration and English translation. Rupert Snell teaches us not only Hindi script but also builds our confidence and love for the language, it really motivates, increases one's interest and leads into the further studying. The best first book of Hindi learner I could ever want!!! The next books of Hindi I bought after studying this one were the same author's "Teach Yourself Beginner's Hindi" (with 2 CD's) and "Teach Yourself Hindi Dictionary". It was the best Hindi script book for me and I hope you'll find it as useful and helpful as I did.
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