Basic Hindi I is funded by Open Educational Resources at Michigan State University. It is an online interactive theme-based textbook for the true beginner of Hindi language. It promotes communicative, linguistic, and cultural competence. It has mixture of pedagogical approaches to fit all types of learning and teaching philosophies/styles to achieve intermediate low to mid ACTFL proficiency level within a semester.

The book has eight chapters. Chapter 1 is an introduction to Hindi script and sound system. Chapter 2-8 are based on themes: beginning conversation; family; describing places; expressing likes, dislikes, needs, and possession; giving instructions and making request, expressing present, past, and future actions; and talking about past and completed actions.

Each chapter starts with the review of the vocabulary, grammar, and theme of the previous chapter. Each two to three reading/listening carefully tailored to fit the proficiency level of the intended learners. Each chapter also has a “study abroad” section. Reading/listening and study abroad section has pre-/post- reading/listening activities to help learners to achieve interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational skills of communication. The goal of the study abroad section is to expose learners with study abroad experience. Each chapter also has a grammar section which includes three to four grammatical items explained in a video and text, followed by interactive activities. Each chapter ends with cultural notes and a few online available materials related to the theme of the chapter.

The book aims to cater different learning and teaching styles. So, the learners can go through the reading/listening sections then grammar section or other way around to develop the linguistic competence. Vocabulary in reading/listening is built in the conversation with the English meaning so that learners can infer the meaning in the give context. Activities in reading/listening, and grammar have been developed by using h5p so that learners can get immediate constructive feedback.

Lastly, this book is the beginning of the journey and not the end of it. I promise to keep this book updated and revised based on the users, and experts’ feedback. So, if you find something any error and/or have suggestion, please do not hesitate to write to


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