Hindi

Zabaan offers multiple Hindi courses to meet a variety of needs.  Read on for details about each course we teach, the language skills you’ll develop, and the materials we’ll use to help you achieve your learning objectives.

Basic Hindi - A complete course on the fundamentals of the Hindi language

This group course contains all you need to make yourself understood in basic everyday contexts such as asking for directions, finding out the time of the next bus and the price of the ticket, giving and responding to commands, talking about the weather, and more.  By the end of this course you will be able to express yourself in the the past, present, and future tenses.

In addition to learning the structures necessary for basic conversation, you will also learn to read and write Devanagari, the script used for Hindi. Once you’ve completed this course, you’ll be ready to take it to the next level in our Intermediate Hindi course.

 

Course MaterialsTeach Yourself Hindi
Prerequisite(s): None
Duration: 75-90 Class Hours
Options: Group Classes, Private Lessons, or Online Instruction

 

Intermediate Hindi - Take your Hindi skills to the next level by thoroughly practicing all skill areas

This group course is for students looking to build on their basic foundation in Hindi reading, writing and conversation, and work toward greater fluency and control.  Students will cover more complex grammatical constructions and diversify their vocabulary.  By the end of this course, you will be able to interact with native speakers with spontaneity and fluency, understand main ideas of technical and specialised texts and express your thoughts and opinions on any topic of interest to you.

Course Materials
  • Conversational Hindi-Urdu Volume 1 and 2 by John J. Gumperz
  • Short stories and handouts selected or created by Zabaan to specifically correspond to grammar lessons
  • The Oxford Hindi-English Dictionary by R.S. McGregor-1993
  • Hindi Structures – Intermediate Level by Peter Edwin Hook

*Note: Materials for this class may vary depending on the focus and goals of each group.

Prerequisite(s): Basic Level Proficiency (A1 and A2)
Duration: 200 Class Hours
Options: Group Classes, Private Lessons, or Online Instruction

 

Advanced Hindi - Study the advanced features of the language as you move towards fluency

This course will help take your Hindi speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension skills to the level of Hindi native speakers. In this course you will be taught and drilled on 95% of Hindi grammar with an emphasis on accuracy. By the end of this course, your Hindi language skills will be at the superior level. You will be able to read and understand Hindi newspapers, journals, and magazines as well as common Hindi literature. You will be able to understand Hindi television programs and movies.  If you are beginning translation work or conducting research in a Hindi-speaking region, this course is for you.

इस कोर्स को पूरा करने के बाद आप एक हिंदी भाषी की तरह हिंदी में अपनी भावनाओं को व्यक्त करने में सक्षम होंगे। आप हिंदी समाचार-पत्र, हिंदी पत्रिकाएँ, और आम हिंदी साहित्य पढ़ एवं समझ सकते हैं। टी॰वी॰ पर हिंदी कार्यक्रमों एवं हिंदी फ़िल्मों का आनन्द ले सकते हैं। पाठ्य पुस्तकों के अनुवाद में आपकी योग्यता बढ़ेगी। यदि आपका शोध-कार्य हिंदी भाषी क्षेत्र में है तो इस कोर्स के बाद आप को अपने शोध-कार्य में बहुत सहायता मिलेगी। यह कोर्स हिंदी में आपके बोलने, पढ़ने, लिखने एवं समझने की गति को एक हिंदी भाषी के गति के स्तर तक पहुँचाने में सहायक होगा। इस कोर्स में आपको हिंदी व्याकरण से सम्बंधित लगभग 95% विषयों का विधिवत अध्ययन एवं उनके समुचित प्रयोग का अभ्यास कराया जाएगा। इस कोर्स के बाद हिंदी भाषा में आपकी क्षमता उच्चतम स्तर की होगी।

 

Course Materials
  • Grammar lessons created by Zabaan to meet the need for an advanced Hindi grammar
  • Short stories and handouts created by Zabaan to specifically correspond to each grammar lesson
  • राजपाल हिन्दी शब्दकोश by डा॰ हरदेव बाहरी-2008
  • The Oxford Hindi-English Dictionary by R.S. McGregor-1993
  • राजपाल अंग्रेज़ी-हिंदी शब्दकोश by डा॰ हरदेव बाहरी-2009
  • Hindi Structures: Intermediate Level by Peter Edwin Hook

*Note: Materials for this class may vary depending on the focus and goals of each group.

Prerequisite(s): Intermediate Level Proficiency (B1 and B2)
Duration: Open Ended
Options: Group Classes, Private Lessons, or Online Instruction

Upcoming and Ongoing Courses

Course TitleProficiency Level
Reached (CEFR)
DatesDaysTimeDuration
Intensive Elementary Hindi for BeginnersA1, A213 Feb - 10 MarMon - Fri9.15 - 12.30 pm4 Weeks
60 Hours (Fee: Rs. 27,600 incl of tax)
Intensive Elementary Hindi for BeginnersA1, A220 Mar - 14 AprMon - Fri9.15 - 12.30 pm4 Weeks
60 Hours (Fee: Rs. 27,600 incl of tax)
Intensive Elementary Hindi for BeginnersA1, A217 Apr - 12 MayMon - Fri9.15 - 12.30 pm4 Weeks
60 Hours (Fee: Rs. 27,600 incl of tax)
Intensive Lower IntermediateA2, B113 Feb - 10 MarMon - Fri9.15 - 12.30 pm4 Weeks
60 Hours (Fee: Rs. 27,600 incl of tax)
Intensive Lower IntermediateA2, B120 Mar - 14 AprMon - Fri9.15 - 12.30 pm4 Weeks
60 Hours (Fee: Rs. 27,600 incl of tax)
Intensive Lower IntermediateA2, B117 Apr - 12 MayMon - Fri9.15 - 12.30 pm4 Weeks
60 Hours (Fee: Rs. 27,600 incl of tax)
Hindi for BeginnersA13 Apr - 3 MayMon/Wed6 - 7:30 pm5 Weeks
15 hours
Hindi for BeginnersA13 Jul - 2 AugMon/Wed6 - 7:30 pm5 Weeks
15 hours
Lower Elementary HindiA113 Feb - 20 MarMon/Wed6 - 7:30 pm5 Weeks
15 hours
Upper Elementary HindiA2-27 Mar - 26 AprMon/Wed6 - 7:30 pm5 Weeks
15 hours
“Unlike other programs that teach the language in a “this is the way it is” type format, Zabaan focuses on the underlying grammatical reasons for why the language is structured the way it is. For a language that is so different form english (and includes concepts that are foreign to native english speakers), I have found that this provided much needed clarity, and has paid dividends later on in my Hindi studies.”

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After spending 4.5 months at Zabaan, I would have to say that I was impressed with the quality of my Hindi instruction. I began as a complete beginner, enrolling in the 4 week beginner Hindi group course (5 students). I followed this with 3 or so months of a combination of small group lessons (with another student that was in my group course), as well as private lessons.

At the end of the 4 week group course, I walked away being able to read and write the Hindi (Devanagari) script, as well as engage in very basic conversation (survival Hindi). The course is based on the Teach Yourself Hindi text, and during the 4 weeks, approximately 1/2 of the book was covered. My remaining time at Zabaan was spent finishing the book, reviewing grammar, as well as reading short stories and news articles.

Zabaan is really only one of two languages schools in India offering comprehensive and reputable Hindi language instruction oriented for western students. The other being AIIS. The reason for this comes down to the caliber of instructors employed at Zabaan, of which consists of formally/university trained linguists that truly understand both Hindi and English grammar. Unlike other programs that teach the language in a “this is the way it is” type format, Zabaan focuses on the underlying grammatical reasons for why the language is structured the way it is. For a language that is so different form english (and includes concepts that are foreign to native english speakers), I have found that this provided much needed clarity, and has paid dividends later on in my Hindi studies.

Despite having intensively studied foreign languages at a top american university, the pace of Zabaan’s group course took getting use to. But it was manageable. This pace reflects the clientele of Zabaan, which tends to be a group of individuals seriously committed to language learning. Students included US Fulbright and FLAS Fellows, as well as diplomats, British journalists, graduate students, and US military personnel. The prices for private group lessons certainly reflect this western orientation. Though, if you can pair up with other students as I did, prices will be significantly reduced, and end up costing less than other programs in India.

In line with what a couple reviews have pointed out, Zabaan is not without its quirks. I tend to attribute this mainly to differences in culture. However, regarding language instruction, I have the utmost confidence in their ability to effectively teach Hindi, and for this reason, I recommend them for anyone seriously interested in studying Hindi.

Reid, 19 July 2016

“Zabaan gets both thumbs up for their services and I can wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone who is serious about learning Hindi (and other languages).”

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Ali has been my Hindi teacher since September 2013. After six years of no formal classes in this language, I finally took up classes in Delhi. I started out classes not being able to even read my own name in Devanagari and can now read, write and speak it using proper grammar and vocab. Ali has proven to be the best teacher I could have asked for; he is patient, competent and meticulous. He adjusted the classes in content and pace to my language skills and preferences. He assigns plenty of homework for days I don’t have classes (something I specifically asked for), checks every line of my written Hindi for even small mistakes and does repeat drills for sections I am less confident in. He has been a great teacher to work with, anticipating my very specific grammar questions and giving me satisfying answers to literally each one of them. The online classes are via Skype with screen sharing and reviewing scanned homework which works perfectly fine and I was positively surprised! Zabaan gets both thumbs up for their services and I can wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone who is serious about learning Hindi (and other languages).
Sindy Brücher-Sharma , 04 Apr 2014

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1. GROUP CLASSES: RATES AND CANCELLATION
Please note that Group Class Fees are payable monthly in advance and are non-refundable should you miss a class. The rate for Group Classes varies according to the number of people in the group and so may be subject to change. The rate for the coming month will be determined by the number of people signing up for that month. The minimum rate is for classes of three or more people.
2. CANCELLATION OF PRIVATE OR ONLINE CLASSES
Since it is very often not possible to fill class spaces at short notice, we have to charge for private or online classes cancelled less than 48 hours beforehand. If we receive between 48 and 24 hours notice, then half the class fee is payable. At less than 24 hours notice the full class fee is payable.
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Fees for Private Instruction may be paid in advance, or on a class-by-class basis, by cash, debit/credit card, or check (made payable to: S. A. Zabaan Pvt Ltd).
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5. SERVICE TAX
The rates for Group Classes and Private Instruction at our centre in New Delhi and anywhere in India are inclusive of service tax.
6. STUDENTS BEING REIMBURSED OR FUNDED
If you are being funded or reimbursed for your classes, please let us know, as the fees are different in that case.
7. REFRESHMENTS
Clean drinking water and chai/coffee are available free of charge at the Zabaan Centre - just ask a member of staff. Lunch is also available for a small fee. Please let a Zabaan staff member know that you’d like to eat lunch by 10 a.m. of the same day.
8. READING ROOM
The reading room is available for use by Zabaan students during the day (when it is not being used for classes) for study purposes.
9. FILM LIBRARY
We have a collection of Hindi and Urdu films available for students to check out. When students check out a film for the first time we take a fully refundable Rs. 500 deposit. Please let a staff member know when you’d like to take a film and write down your name and the title of the film on the sign-out sheet.
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Please contact the reception desk if you would like to access our Wi-Fi network. Please note that this service is free of cost for browsing and checking emails/messages only. Please do not use this connection for downloads greater than 2 MB.

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