Hindi

The Duke Hindi program is founded on conversational Hindi. All 4 levels of Hindi—from beginning Hindi to advanced classes—develop improvisational skills in conversation as the foundation for advanced linguistic facility. Beginning classes use samples from Bollywood and cable to supplement grammar exercises. Advanced classes include texts from newspapers, magazines, non-fiction works of analysis and evocative literary material.

Hindi Placement Guidelines

Placement in a Hindi language class follows the AMES department placement policy.

These guidelines are intended to acquaint you with levels of Hindi classes and to help you pick out the right course for you prior to finalization by the official placement. A self-placement has to be confirmed or corrected by a formal placement assessment. Contact the coordinator (Satti Khanna) or the lecturer (Kusum Knapczyk kusum.knapczyk@duke.edu)

Self-Assessment Guidelines

Find the statement that best describes your experience in Hindi, and follow the instructions. 

I have never studied or been exposed to Hindi. 
My parents speak Hindi to me: Sometimes they do, but I hardly understand them.
My parents speak Hindi to me: I understand them, but cannot speak well. I know the Hindi script but do not understand what I read.
I watch Bollywood films with interest: I can follow the principal events but do not understand the dialogue.
I watch Bollywood films with interest: I understand the dialogue, but cannot speak Hindi well. I know the Hindi script but do not understand what I read.
I speak Hindi with my parents and friends: I can communicate about basic things in Hindi with some effort, and can read and understand sentences slowly.
I speak Hindi with my parents and friends: I can speak everyday Hindi fairly fluently, and am able to read and write simple passages.
I attended a Hindi-medium school OR studied Hindi in school: I attended a Hindi-medium school for less than 2 years.
I attended a Hindi-medium school OR studied Hindi in school: I studied Hindi in school for more than 2 years.
I attended secondary school in India: I took Hindi classes for at least 2 years.
  • Enroll in HINDI 407 or 408 (Issues in Hindi Language and Society I or II)

Note on learning the Hindi script:

Those who do not know the Hindi script but wish to be placed, on the basis of speaking/understanding skills, in a higher class, should learn the script on their own prior to the placement interview (contact the coordinator or instructor for help). The online SOAS site http://www.avashy.com/hindiscripttutor.htm is recommended for script practice. If there is sufficient interest, the Hindi program will run a script workshop in April to prepare students for appropriate placement in the Fall. Hindu script practice

Hindi Program Activities

Hindi Conversation Club, Fall 2018, at Saladelia @The Perk (Perkins Library)

3:00-3:30pm, September 27th, October 25th, November 29th

All abilities and levels of Hindi speakers are welcome. Make new friends while practicing your Hindi!

Bollywood Movie, Udta Punjab उड़ता पंजाब,

October 12, 2018, Friday 5 pm. Location: White Lecture Hall-107 (East campus). 

 

Every semester students watch a recent Bollywood movie. Please see the the Hindi at Duke University Facebook page for more information.

 

Hindi Language Resources

Hindi Language Resources

 

Scholarships for Hindi-Urdu students

1. Boren Scholarships
https://www.borenawards.org/boren_scholarship
2. The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program 
http://www.clscholarship.org/about
3. The Gilman Scholarship Program 
http://www.iie.org/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program
4. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program 
http://us.fulbrightonline.org/fulbright-us-student-program
5. AIIS 
http://www.indiastudies.org/language-programs/
6. SASLI 
http://sasli.wisc.edu/courses.html

 

Online newspaper and magazines

 

Jansatta Hindi newspaper

Sarita magazine

Navbharat times (Hindi newspaper)

Dainik janran-Hindi newspaper

BBC Hindi

Grihshobha-Hindi magazine

 

Study Tools

 

Shabdkosh -Hindi dictionary

Hindi-Urdu Flagship

Digital Dictionary

Hindi resources

Hindi script

Hindi stories

Gali Gali Sim Sim

Hindi grammar

 

 

Famous and best TV serials in India

Satyamev Jayte- Social issues
Malguri days- based on R. K. Narayan’s stories
Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai- Comedy
Baa, Bahoo aur Baby- family and society
Crime patrol – India’s crime and police system
Tarak Mehta ka Ulta chashma - Comedy
Yes boss- Comedy

 

All-time hit Bollywood movies

1. Mughal-e-azam मुग़ले आज़म
2. Guide गाइड
3. Sholey शोले
4. Jeweltheif ज्वैलथीफ
5. Deewar दीवार
6. Dilwale Dulhania le jaayenge दिलवाले दुल्हनिया ले जाएंगे
7. Kabhi khushi kabhi gam. कभी ख़ुशी कभी गम
8. Om Shanti Om ओम शांति ओम
9. 3 idiots 3 इडियट्स
10. Dil to pagal hai. दिल तो पागल है
11. Omkara ओमकारा
12. Munna Bhai MBBS मुन्ना भाई एमबीबीएस
13. Lagaan लगान
14. Rang de Basanti रंग दे बसंती
15. Gadar-ek prem katha ग़दर- एक प्रेम कथा
16. Hum aapke hain kaun हम आपके हैं कौन
17. Barfi बर्फी
18. Devdas देवदास
19. English Vinglish इंग्लिश विंग्लिश 
20. Jab we met
जब वी मैट
21. Band baajaa baaraat बैंड बाजा बारात 
22. Love aaj kal
लव आज कल 
23. Arth
अर्थ 
24. Lunch
box लंच बॉक्स 
25. Saathiya
साथिया 
26. Baagwaan
बागवान 
27. Raja Hindustani
राजा हिंदुस्तानी 
28. Sarfarosh
सरफ़रोश 
29. Dhoom
धूम 
30. Dil chahta hai
दिल चाहता है 
31. Koi mil gaya
कोई मिल गया 
32. Bazaar
बाज़ार 
33. Khaaki
ख़ाकी

34. Dangal दंगल

35. Bajrangi Bhaijan बजरंगी भाईजान

 

Hindi Program Faculty

Hindi Program Faculty

  • Satendra Khanna, Associate Professor of the Practice
  • Kusum Knapczyk, Lecturer