Can We Really Have You Speaking Hindi in Just Ten Days?
Lock in fundamental language material after just one listen! Join in simple, every day Hindi conversations – the kind you really have in a country. Like meeting someone, introducing yourself, ordering a drink. Hard to believe, isn't it? Till you ask yourself one simple question: How did you learn English as a child? Did you wade through text books? Did you struggle with grammar? Did you drive yourself crazy trying to get the accent right?
No. You just "picked it up." You heard adults speak, and you uttered your first word. Well, that's how the Pimsleur method works. It's the natural way to learn Hindi.
In easy half hour "bites" on CD, our scientifically sequenced lessons will have you speaking Hindi the way the Indian people do–or you pay nothing. Guaranteed. Just give it a try.
Why it's Important to Learn Hindi
Almost 500 million people around the world speak Hindi; more than those who speak French, Italian, and Polish combined. A large portion of that demographic resides in India, the home of the Hindi language, and the tenth-largest economy in the world. With that many Hindi-speakers and such a large economy, the benefit to speaking Hindi is undeniable.
India's economy continues to grow, and many multinational companies base at least part of their operations there, in part because India boasts the second-largest labor force in the world. It's a frequently chosen location for outsourcing manufacturing and customer service work. Being able to speak Hindi would allow you to communicate with overseas employees should your company have offices in India, or perhaps even manage a remote location.
As India's economy grows, so does its tourism industry, and continued growth in that sector is projected through at least 2018. India offers stunning architecture, one of the most famous examples being the Taj Mahal, a monument Emperor Shah Jahan built for his wife in the 1600s. For those interested in more natural pursuits, India has everything from the magnificent Himalayan mountains, to golden-sanded tropical beaches. The ability to speak Hindi will help you get around, and ensure you don't miss any of the wonders this beautiful country has to offer.
Conversational Hindi vs. Academic Hindi
There's just no other way to say it–Hindi is a difficult language to learn in an academic setting. There are five word categories, with most of the formal vocabulary drawing from Sanskrit and its alphabet contains 86 letters, some of which are conjunct consonants. Sounds intimidating? It can be, especially when you consider Hindi does not use the Latin alphabet, but a complex system of symbols and script called the Devanagari script. It can take months to master the written language, and be able to read it.
Why put yourself through that? With the Pimsleur Approach, you can simply listen to audio lessons, and hear native Hindi speakers converse using important words and phrases that will be most helpful to you. You'll hear the correct pronunciation and accent, and quickly learn how to speak Hindi rather than struggling to read or write it. Speaking is the most fundamental way of communicating. Remove the reading and writing roadblocks, and move forward to actually holding a conversation in Hindi. You'll be surprised at how quickly you'll get there.
A Logical Way to Learn Hindi
Only after 20 years of scientific research did Dr. Pimsleur hit upon the right method to teach language–by watching his own children. Children have the ability to pick up languages quickly and naturally. What makes Pimsleur courses so successful are the specific scientific principles that replicate the speed and ease at which children learn languages. Read more about how this unique system–which has been purchased by the FBI–works.
Since Hindi doesn't use the Roman alphabet, learning by listening allows you to pick up the language much more quickly than if you had to learn an entirely new alphabet and phonetic system before you could even begin speaking.
No matter what situation you find yourself in–making new friends at a party, in a business meeting or negotiation, or just asking the way to the railway station or a good restaurant–you will find Pimsleur has given you the right Hindi words and phrases, the ones that come naturally, without thinking. Read more about what you'll learn with Pimsleur.
Hindi is one of the most-spoken languages in the world. Out of India's more than 1.2 billion residents, approximately 260 million speak Hindi. However, when you include both native and second-language speakers worldwide, the total number of Hindi speakers is close to 490 million.
Hindi is one of 23 languages spoken in India. However, Hindi has been the official language of the country since 1950, and the 22 other languages are designated as "co-official" languages.
Hindi is comprised of five main categories of words. The categories are Tatsam, Ardhātatsam, Tadbhav, Deshaj, Videshī, and each category is based upon the word's origin.