Teach Yourself Beginner's Hindi Script New Edition (TYBS) (Hindi) Paperback – 30 Apr 2003
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Teach Yourself Beginner's Hindi Script is a step-by-step introduction to reading and writing simple Hindi.
About the Author
Rupert Snell is former Reader in Hindi and Chair of Department of the Languages and Cultures of South Asia at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.
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The book starts by introducing the vowels and consonants of the Hindi alphabet and introduces ahort reading exercises using the letters learnt so far. In the early stages the The Hindi pronunciation is shown Roman script (i.e. with the same letters as English) alongside the Hindi script but as you progress through the book the Roman script is omitted. There are a number of test yourself exercises along the way with answers at the back of the book which are useful for checking what you have learnt and what you need more practice on.
One of the best things about this book is the real life examples that are used to illustrate situations where the rules of written Hindi are often broken in practice by native Hindi writers. This resolves some of the frustrating experiences I have experienced previously - particularly when trying to interpret signs in India. There is also a good number of pictures of shop advertisments and signs scattered throughout the text for the reader to translate and the translations are also provided to check your understanding.
Anyone wishing to understand written Hindi should be able to progress quite quickly using this book. Once you have started to make sense of the script and read your first few words this book will remain invaluable as you develop your skills.
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And it's not just about Hindi! Devanagari is used to write Sanskrit as well, and Snell does cover the letters found in Sanskrit. If you want to embark on a Sanskrit course like Coulson's TEACH YOURSELF SANSKRIT, I cannot recommend enough that you use this first.
My only complaint about this book--and it may well be the unrealistic expectations of a linguaphile--is that it doesn't talk about how the Hindi script differs from other Brahmi-derived scripts. A short appendix along the lines of "If you want to eventually learn Gujarati or Bengali, here are some ways you can apply your knowledge of Hindi script..." would have been nice. Snell does of course talk about how Hindi's relationship to Urdu in being a sometimes mutually intelligible language but written completely differently.