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The worldwide web has made the world smaller and made the question of how to learn Hindi easier to answer. There are a lot of resources available on the internet that will make your study of Hindi easier. If you are creative in finding and using them, it will make your efforts in studying Hindi more fun. Here are a list of suggestions for how to learn Hindi on the internet.
Find Hindi podcasts and videos. Do a Google search for podcasts and videos. Some of the search results will be aimed at teaching Hindi as a second language. On the other hand, you will also find results that are aimed at people who already have a level of proficiency in Hindi and just want to enjoy the music video or a radio talk show in Hindi. Look for all of these resources. If you spend time and attention with them, you will learn Hindi vocabulary, usage and grammar. Just as importantly, however, you will learn a lot about Indian culture.
Become a Bollywood movie fan. "Bollywood" refers to the Hindi-language film industry centered in Mumbai. It is a very active segment of the Indian film industry and there are a lot of Bollywood movies produced yearly. In the United States, you can get them on DVD or computer download from Netflix and Blockbuster, as well as finding them elsewhere online. Watching Bollywood movies not only lets you know how to learn Hindi, it also instructs you on current Indian fads and fashions. Since Bollywood movies are usually musicals, studying the films gives you an entree into studying Hindi language songs. It can be challenging to understand song lyrics even when you speak the language a little, but learning a song can give you a memory hook for the contents. Just think of how many people still sing the "ABC Song" to themselves when they alphabetize their files.
Set up a conversation group on Skype. The best way to learn a language is to speak it. And that requires you to form a community of Hindi-language speakers. If you are taking a class in a university or a language school, you already have a Hindi-speaking community. But if you are studying Hindi by yourself, you need to reach out to find them. Use Twitter and Facebook to find interested Hindi students, then set up a weekly conversation hour on Skype or a free conference call service, so that you can all chat, make friends all over the world, and practice your Hindi.
Take an online Hindi course. Once you have decided to learn Hindi, what steps can you take to accomplish your goal? You may be lucky enough to be enrolled in a university with a Hindi program. Or perhaps you live in a town that has a language school that offers a Hindi course. Maybe you have found a Hindi tutor for private lessons. Or maybe not. Finding a Hindi course is not that easy in most parts of the United States. A great alternative to a live class is a good online Hindi course. With an online Hindi course, you will get systematic instruction in vocabulary, grammar and usage. With the best, you will also get interactive quizzes and games and even a forum for online communication with teachers and other students. Online courses are also significantly less expensive than other language-learning alternatives. So an online Hindi course may be a great advantage to you in your efforts how to learn Hindi.
In the age of the internet, we have options for language learning that didn't exist in the past. Take advantage of them now. Go online and you will find a lot of helpful resources for how to learn Hindi.
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