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Learn Hindi Online

Posted by ilearnhindi on January 24, 2009

Why should I join online Hindi classes?

1. If you always wanted to learn but never found a teacher or time to commit yourself, now is a great time to start.
2. If you do not like driving. This course is taken online. No need to find parking, commuting or even change your pajamas.
3. You tried learning on your own but have a lot of questions and get lost occasionally.
4. You are great at reading vowels but get all confused when it comes to dependent vowels.
5. You are simply eager to learn.

Requirement: You are at the right place. Interactive online Hindi classes for adults are currently in session.  We start new groups when we have a minimum of 2 students at almost the same level.  If you have another friend who might be interested in learning Hindi, I would be happy to set up a 30 minute free trial class for both of you.  You would need a skype id to be a part of the session and we will use an online classroom by acrobat.com.  The class set-up is extremely simple. Send us your skype id and I will send you the link for the online classroom.

Trial Classes are held every 1st and 3rd Monday at 8.30 pm PST.

We teach Reading, Writing, and Conversational Hindi.

Headset Required: For all online classes, we request that each participant to use a headset. This is very important because

  • In-built computer sound systems catch subtle background noise that can cause static.
  • They also tend to loop in the sound from the speakers to the microphone, causing an echo effect.
  • The sound quality sent to other participating students is not optimal

Any simple headset would work. Here are some suggestions as well-






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Ongoing Hindi Classes

Posted by ilearnhindi on January 8, 2009

Kids Classes ( 5 – 14 years)  Venue: Quest Learning Center, Artesia

Hindi Level 1A  (beginners): Sundays

10.45 – 12.15pm (09/20/08 – 06/13/09) – Enrollment Closed

10 weeks Hindi Level 1A (beginners): Saturdays
10.45 – 11.45 pm (15th Nov – 7th Feb.) – enrollment Closed…              (req. age: 5 – 8 years)
12.00- 1.00 pm (14th Feb. – 18th April) – OPEN…                                     (age limit: over 8 years)
11 weeks Hindi Level 1A (beginners): Saturdays   
 10.25 – 11.40 am( 14th Feb – 02nd May) – no class 04/11:  OPEN…     (req. age: 5 – 8 years)
12.15 – 1.30 pm ( 25th April – 27th June) – OPEN…                                 (age limit: over 8 years)
classes coming up…..

Hindi Level 2A (test required): Saturdays (req. age: 8 – 11 years)

9.00 – 10.15am (ongoing class up to 06/13/09)  –       one spot left….

Hindi Level 2A (test required): Saturdays  (req. age: 10 – 14 years)

1.15 – 2.45pm (09/20/08 – 06/13/09) –Enrollment Closed.

     Adults Classes:   Venue: Quest Learning Center, Artesia.

10 weeks Hindi Level 2A (intermediatory): Saturdays

10 weeks Hindi Level 1B (beginners): Saturdays

Saturdays:    4.00 – 6.00 pm (08/16/08 – 10/25/08 – Enrollment Closed.
Wednesdays:  7.30-  9.30 pm ( 11/12/08 – 01/21/09)   Enrollment Closed.
Wednesdays: 5.00-7.00pm (02/11/09- 05/06/09) no class 04/15             Closed…….
Saturdays 6.30-8.30pm starting April 4th.
Charges: Adults 12 week workshop $360* (24 teaching hrs, $15/hr.)   
A group of 6 students or more can request to start a group class in your area , send a request to anshu@ilearnhindi.com
subject: New Class Request: location name.

* enrollment fee $20 applies one time for each registrant of Hindi Learning Center.
* material fee varies  ($20-$50) for difft. classes.

kids 11 week classes  ($15/1.15hr.) 11weeks: $165 + material and enrollement fee*
Individual  or semi-private classes available on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. email: anshu@ilearnhindi.com  or call to set up a trial class.

 Online Classes

1. Trial Class: Free  March 22nd.
2. Trial Class: Free April 26th.

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Request a group Hindi Class

Posted by ilearnhindi on January 7, 2009

For students interested in scheduling a 1:many on-line/in-person classes .

Small Class Size:  6 students per class.

Duration: Basic Conversational course is for 12 weeks consisting of 1.5hr. on-line learning as well as H.W and quizzes for students to work on during the week.

Intermediate Conversational course is for 14 weeks consisting of 1.5 hr. on-line learning as well as H.W and quizzes for students to work on during the week.

When:  Each session starts after receiving 6 requests.  e-mail me and I will let you know approx. when your group starts.

Time:  I schedule classes at mutually convenient time for my students.  On-line classes are mostly held Friday and Sunday evenings between 6.00 and 10.00pm. Few weekday evening classes are also available.

Price:  You get 18 hrs. of teaching with H.W and quizzes with each class to hone your newly learnt conversational skills as well as to practice new vocabulary. Price $200 for 12 week course. This is promotional New Year price.

Click Information about in person group classes held in Artesia 

It will be wondeful if you can submit your requests here in the comments section also along with e-mailing me. 

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Posted by ilearnhindi on December 28, 2008

LATEST NEWS : Enroll in my 8 week FREE classes on Conversatioanl Hindi. Register at www.edufire.com and click on either one of the below link. The Friday class repeats on Saturday.  


Requirement: You have to have a mic with a headset to  participate in the class. Any questions, feel free to e-mail anshu@ilearnhindi.org 

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Hindi Lesson 7 ( How is………?)

Posted by ilearnhindi on December 19, 2008

Today we introduce the word “HOW”. 

Hindi Lesson 7 ( How is he, how is she, how is everyone……)

How: kaisaa ( कैसा)


1. How are you?           changes to  You how are?    following the SOV language rule.

subject + Other (object, modifier etc) + Verb

with formal you (आप, aap) aap kaise hai^? आप कैसे हैं?

with familiar you (तुम, tum) tum kaise ho? तुम कैसे हो?

2 How is he?  

vo kaisa hai?  वह कैसा है? (remember he = ‘vah’ and  ‘vah’ is pronounced as ‘vo’)

3. How is she?

vo kaisii hai? वह कैसी है? 

4. How is everyone/everybody?

sablog kaise hai^?  सबलोग कैसे हैं?  (remember, everyone takes the plural form verb ending) refer to lesson 6 if not clear.

5. how is everything?

sabkuchh kaisaa hai? सकु्छ कैसा है? (remember, everything takes the singular form of verb ending)

6. On the same lines?

How is Ram? 

Ram kaisaa hai? राम कैसा है?

Practice for you.

1. How is Sheela?

2. How are Arvind and Radha?

3. How is the movie “Dostana”?

Try to do these and leave in the comments section. I will correct the first three entries if they need correction. 

धन्यवाद,  Keep practicing.

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Hindi Lesson 6 (Everything is…… )

Posted by ilearnhindi on December 15, 2008

Hindi Lesson 6 (Everything is……….. Everybody (everyone) is………..)

Everything: sabkuchh (सबकुछ)

Everything takes ‘is’, ‘hai’  just like in English.  


1. Everything is good.                    sabkuchh achchhaa hai.                 सबकुछ अच्छा है |

2. Eveything is fine.                        sabkuchh THiik hai.                      सबकुछ ठीक है |

3. How is everything?                   sabkuchh kaisaa hai.                       सबकुछ कैसा है |

Let us talk about ‘Everybody’ now.

Usage in English is : Everybody is happy. 

Hindi considers it a plural word since we are talking about  more than one person). Therefore the plural ending “hai^” is used.

Let’s make some sentences.

1. Everybody is good.                            sablog achchhe hai^.              सबलोग अच्छे हैं|
2. Everybody is fine.                              sablog THiik hai^.                     सबलोग ठीक हैं|
3. How is everyone.                                sablog kaise hai^                      सबलोग कैसे हैं|

Try what you have learnt so far by practicing these quizzes. Let me know your feedback. 
phir mile^ge.

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Hindi Lesson5 (We are……)

Posted by ilearnhindi on November 18, 2008

Hindi Lesson5 (We are………..)

“We” : plural of “I” : “ham” = हम

Just as “we” takes “are” in English eg:

1. We are girls.

2. We are boys.

3. We are happy.

similary  in Hindi  “hai^” takes place of “are”.

Sentences below:

Vocabulary words:

girls: laRakiyaa^          boys: laRake

happy: kush                 sad: udaas

apples: seb                  here: yahaa^

1. We are girls.       ham laRakiyaa^ hai^ |

2. We are boys.       ham laRake hai^|

3. We are happy.     ham kush hai^ |

4. We are sad.         ham udaas hai^|

5. We are  here.      ham yahaa^ hai^ |

This is simple, correct?  infact we can say this in Hindi now.

simple: aasaan.  

yah aasaan hai|

baakii phir.

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Hindi Lesson4 (These/Those are…)

Posted by ilearnhindi on October 23, 2008

Hindi Lesson4 (These are …) (Those are …)

“These” : plural of This.  “ye” 

“Those”: plural of That. “ve”

Just as These and Those take “are” in a senence eg. These are tables. These are boys. These books are good. Those chairs are white. Similarly in Hindi “hai^” takes place of “are”.

Let’s try some sentences

Vocabulary words:

houses:ghar                  apples: seb               friends: dost

tables: meze^                fruits: phal                 kyaa: what

where: kahaa^                big: baRaa

Sentences with “these” “ye”    

  1. These are houses.     ye ghar hai^.                   ये घर हैं|
  2. These are apples.      ye seb hai^.                    ये सेब हैं|
  3. What are these?         Ye kyaa hai^?                  ये क्या हैं?
  4. Where are these?       ye kahaa^ hai^?               ये कहाँ हैं?
  5. Are these fruits?        kyaa ye phal hai^?           क्या ये फल हैं?

Senetences with “those” “ve”

  1. Those are friends.      ve dost hai^.         वे दोस्त हैं
  2. Those are apples.       ve seb hai^.          वे सेब हैं
  3. What are those?           ve kyaa hai^?       वे क्या हैं
  4. Where are those?        ve kahaa^ hai^?     वे कहाँ हैं?
  5. Are those big?             ve baRe hai^.         क्या वे बड़े हैं

Pronunciation tip: ‘ve’ is often pronounced as “vo”  for colloquial purposes  (never in writing).  This does not mean pronouncing ‘Those’ as ve is incorrect, of course ‘ve’ is the correct pronunciation. Generally people pick “vo” when saying ‘that’ and ‘those’ in Hindi. My point is if you hear ‘vo’ when you expected ‘ve’ don’t dwell on it.

practice substituting any plural noun with ‘ye’ and ‘ve’.

baakii phir. More later.

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Hindi Lesson3 (This/That is a….)

Posted by ilearnhindi on October 13, 2008

Hindi Lesson3 (This is a …..) (That is a ….)

‘This’: as Random House Dictionary explains is used to indicate a person, thing, idea, state, etc present near. “yah” is used for this in Hindi

‘That’ similarly is used to indicate a person, thing, idea, state etc as present remote. “vah” is used for that in Hindi.

This –     yah                                         यह

is –          hai  OR hai^                         है   OR  हैं

Can you guess when we use ‘hai’ versus its nasalized cousin ‘hai^’?  Hindi uses nasalization to denote 2 things.

·         when the subject that we are talking about is plural

·         when we want to show respect toward our subject

Follow  the order of Sentence (Subject     Other     Verb)   in the following sentences.

Vocabulary words:

house:ghar                  girl:laRakii                   mom:maataajii or mummy                      table:mez      

dad:papa or pitaajii      dog: kuttaa                 friend:dost                                              lesson:paaTh                                   

1.       This is a house.

yah ghar hai.                                      यह घर है|

2.       This is a girl.

yah laRakii hai.                                   यह लड़की है|

3.       This is mom

yah mummy hai^.                              यह मम्मी हैं|

4.       This is dad.

yah papa hai^.                                   यह पापा हैं|

5.       This is a table

yah mez hai.                                       यह मेज़ है|

6.       This is a chair.

yah kurasii hai.                                  यह कुरसी है|

7.       This is a dog.

yah kuttaa hai.                                  यह कुत्ता है|

8.       This is a friend.

yah dost hai.                                      यह दोस्त है|

9.       This is Anshu.

yah Anshu hai.                                  यह अंशु है|

10.   This is a lesson.

yah paTH hai.                                     यह पाठ है| 

Find out where I used nasalization in the above sentences? Did you find 2? Surely, when we introduce our parents we need to show respect and hai changes into hai^.

 Moving on:           That is a …….

 That –    vah                                         वह

is –          hai  OR hai^                        है   OR  हैं

Practice speaking all the above 10 sentences with vah instead of yah. The sentence order will stay the same. Go ahead do not hesistate.

This will be it for today.  If you like the lesson or would like to see something different,  do leave a comment.  धन्यवाद

Pronunciation tip: yah is pronounced as “ye” and vah is pronounced as “vo” for all colloquial purposes. 

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Hindi Lesson2 (You are..)

Posted by ilearnhindi on October 8, 2008

This is our second grammar lesson to form sentences with structure : you are…..

Hindi distinguishes pronoun “you” by classifying it into three categories.

a) you = tuu = तू is used for when you are intimate with a person and also when you want to be rude to the other person! Sounds strange, right? (piece of advise: stay away from using it) You must have heard it many times if you are into watching Bollywood movies. There is exchanged many times between the actor and actress. Ofcourse the director is showing the intimate, close relationship between the actor and actress. Another place you will recognise is in romantic Bollywood songs.

b) you = tum = तुम is used for people who are familiar to you (eg:friends, children)

c) you = aap = आप use aap when you want to show respect.  (parents, strangers). Also to show politeness.

Now that hopefully we are clear about three ways to say “you” in Hindi let’s talk about what shape “are” takes with these pronouns.

You = tuu = तू                       are = hai   =   है   ( tuu hai) intimate or rude form

you = tum = तुम                    are = ho   =   हो  (tum ho) familiar form

you = aap = आप                    are = hai^ =  हैं  (app hai^) formal form 

Sentence Formation: we will practice tum and aap forms of you only.

Familiar Forms:

  1. You are a girl.      =   tum laRakii ho.   =   तुम लड़की हो| ( you girl are) (Subject Other Verb)
  2. You are a doctor. =   tum doctor ho.   =   तुम डॉक्टर हो|
  3. You are happy.    =    tum kush ho.     =   तुम खुश हो |
  4. You are sick.       =    tum biimaar ho.  =   तुम बीमार हो 

Formal Form:

  1. You are a girl.     =    aap laRakii hai^.   =   आप लड़की हैं|
  2. You are a doctor =   aap doctor hai^.    =    आप डॉक्टर हैं|
  3. You are hapoy.   =    aap kush hai^.      =   आप खुश हैं|

Similarly try different sentences with you (tum and aap).  Practice sentences with similar structure as “You are _____. ” Feel free to substitue the blank with any noun or adjective.

Look out for my next lesson. If you like what you see, leave a comment for me. Thanks! 

PS: My next adults workshops is going to start soon on Wednesday evenings in Artesia (90701). I have 2 spots left. If you are interested  e-mail me or leave a comment. info at: http://www.ilearnhindi.org

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