'HINDI Made Easy' aims to provide the basic knowledge on various aspects of spoken and written Hindi for English speaking international travelers, volunteers, visitors and students. The book is designed for Hindi learners at various stages of expertise in Hindi, both beginners and those at moderate Hindi competence. The book focuses on how an individual with no prior exposure to Hindi script and grammar will find learning effortless and pleasurable.
The book is divided into 21 sections. The first section provides a meticulous explanation of Hindi pronunciation, alphabets (varnmala) with illustrations, and the Devnagari script. The rest of the sections cover all the grammatical structures. Some practice exercises to revise and some stimulating Hindi word puzzles have also been included in the book. The book ends with glossary of some useful words and phrases, which are used on a day-to-day basis.
All examples and explanations are written in Roman script. Transliteration in Roman script facilitates to read and speak Hindi vocabulary precisely; which is presented mostly in all the sections with Hindi-English glossary. That will always be in 'italics' - but you should not learn to rely on it! The illustrations are the unique feature of this book; these denote the word framework covering all the vowel characters, consonants and some of the situational dialogues as well.
This book will assist readers to read, write and converse with confidence and acquire good knowledge of Hindi by using easy sentence building techniques. The manuscript covers key elements of pronunciation, conversational expressions, phrases, sentences and grammar rules used commonly. The pleasant mixture of Hindi and Urdu, popularly known as Hindustani is used in the simple phrases and different pattern of sentences. Some of the English language words, which are freely used in conversations by the Hindi speakers, have also been added.
Launching the book by Governor of Rajasthan
Subhadra Kothari, the author of the book 'HINDI Made Easy' presenting the book to Governor of Rajasthan, Ms.Margarate Alva, on March 25, 2014, at Governor House, with Dr. Kunal Kothari, Media Consultant Kalyan Singh Kothari, Director Idex Kusum Sharma and a Swiss student, Wendy Hardenberg.
About the Author
I bent upon to write this book out of my vast experience of teaching Hindi to foreign tourists, visitors, volunteers and students of different nationalities and my passion for newspaper journalism. During this period, I recognize the need of a beginner and also intermediate level for Hindi learning, in simplified manner with illustrations for easy reference, useful tips on phonetics, conversational expressions, glossary of useful words etc. Keeping in view the need of the learners, the content of the book has been prepared with added explanations and word power.
I express my gratitude to my family and friends for their encouragement, guidance and support, which had been my inspiration in publication of this book. Last but not the least; I would like to thank Idex (Indian Network for Development Exchange) team for their constant assistance and support in the early stages of the preparation of this course.
Initial trials of the package have shown promise. I hope foreigners visiting India, Hindi teachers and other non - Hindi speaking Indian readers may find this book useful and supportive. I would welcome any feedback or suggestions to further improve this book.
"I had the honor to be the first student of Subhadra Kothari to open the first draft of the book "Hindi Made Easy" she had just edited....where the ink was almost only drying! From the cover to the last page, everything is made to make you feel eager to learn the language! Detailed explanations about the grammar help a lot and you could even learn by yourself with the book. But I was lucky enough to be supported by wonderful and patient teacher, who also tells you stories about why we use such word, or expression in Hindi, where things come from, and that certainly makes it easier to remember! She knows how to make words live! Not only are you immersed in the language but also in the culture as a whole, of the wonderful country India is! Finishing a one-week course of Hindi with Subhadra, I felt she had given me a key, by teaching me the Devnagari alphabet, and a new world had opened its doors to me! I'll definitely keep going with Hindi and go back to Subhadra for some additional lessons." Thank you again Teacher!
Laura Abecasis France,
September 5, 2013
'As the name goes " HINDI Made Easy" is a simple and useful book. Hindi- English translation with pronunciation for grammar, conversation and words makes it easy to learn and understand them.'
March 12, 2014
Very proud to announce my friend Subhadra Kothari FSD resource person, host family @ Jaipur published Hindi conversation book. Must to have it in your packing bags if you are travelling to India!
Smita Sawant FSD, Jodhpur
March 20, 2014
'I have gone through the book at length. Being a Senior Hindi teacher I can see that the learning of Hindi language has been developed very systematically. It is an outcome of prolonged hard work. The book will be extremely useful for foreigners and tourists interested in learning Hindi beyond just a few words/phrases. The book contains proper phonetics, systematic grammar and an exhaustive glossary'
Rita Arora Retd. Senior Hindi Teacher, Jaipur
March 23, 2014
The book 'Hindi Made Easy, is very useful for all the basic concepts. The stories and puzzles at the end are quiet welcome for those who have mastered the first part. One suggestion would be to have British or American English speakers proofread any second edition to check for places where Indian English is different.'
Wendy Hardenberg A Librarian from Connecticut, USA,
March 29, 2014
“The Book - HINDI Made Easy - has surprised me because it offers much more than what its title suggests. Of course, it is a handy, useful guide for any foreign tourist spending some days or weeks in India. It makes them conversant with the Hindi words and phrases in common use. With the language barrier partly lifted their stay naturally becomes more enjoyable and meaningful. The book contains 14 colorful pages explaining the Hindi alphabet, a short Hindi-English Dictionary and practical exercises on day-to-day conversation. But what surprises me is that the book carries us much beyond this basic level. It goes on to highlight the beauty and sophistication of Hindi as a language, bringing out some of the finer points of its grammar and vocalization. I think the book can help in improving the communication skill even of Hindi speaking persons whose upbringing is on an uneven mixture of Hindi and English, as in our country today.” What admirable hard work and commitment!
Dr L. K. Kothari, MD, FAMS, Former Professor & Head Deptt. Of Anatomy & Physiology SMS Medical College & Hospital Jaipur, Rajasthan
The book ‘HINDI Made Easy’ is actually clarifies its title in true sense. Keeping in mind foreigner’s outlook of learning Hindi language - speaking and writing, author ‘Subhadra Kothari’ has published this book. But the book has proved to be useful for non-Hindi speaking Indians. The book has presented different aspects of Hindi grammar in very simplified method and has been transcribed in English as well. In all the book is very good.
Nandita Baijal Hindi Teacher Gurgaon, Haryana
Namaste, My name is Prem Surjeet, I am of Indian origin born in Malaysia and now residing in Canada. My mother tongue is Malayalam, so finding difficulty in talking in Hindi and even watching a Bollywood movie! Recently I was in Jaipur, Rajasthan. I purchased the book ‘Hindi Made Easy’. I want to thank sincerely to Subhadra Kothari for publishing such a wonderful book!! The book is quite easy to follow and that is exactly what I wanted! The English version of all the text along with its meaning and Roman transliteration is the best part. I must say it is very helpful for all those Indians or NRI’s as well, who can’t converse in Hindi, especially the South Indians!! Once again thanks a million for a book like this Ms. Kothari!!!
Prem Surjeet. V, Canada
|Rajasthan Patrika, March 30, 2014||Daily News (Rajasthan)|