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Free Hindi Lessons and Courses

Free Hindi Lessons and Courses
We have gathered together here a number of free Hindi language lessons and language courses for those learning Hindi, along with some other Hindi language resources, such as Hindi online courses and exercises, podcasts, video lessons, alphabets, dictionaries, lexicons, verb conjugations, language communities, newspapers, articles, and books. Most of these sites will be in English, although a number are multilingual in nature.

  Video Lessons

  Textbook Courses

Hindi Lessons from Wikibooks, the open-content textbooks collection
This book is an introduction to Hindi and the script used to write it. It was written as an entry at hindi.unilang.org, and the author was kind enough to grant permission to copy and freely modify the text under the GFDL.

  Courses and Exercises

Bab.la Language Portal
"The bab.la language portal offers you dictionary translations, language quizzes and games, vocabulary lessons for learning and much more. bab.la is interactive: You can enter your own translation, create your own language test or your own vocabulary flashcard set. babla - Loving Languages!". Quizzes, games, vocabulary learning and dictionary aids for English, Chinese, French, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish.
Devanagari
This set of lessons is designed to teach an English speaker to read the Devanagari script. It is assumed that you are at least familiar with the Hindi language in general.
A Door Into Hindi
Hindi lessons that cover writing, vocabulary, and grammar with exercises and tests. Requires Quicktime and Devaganari fonts.
Hindi Alphabet
Site on learning the Hindi alphabet from U of Penn; requires Real Player.
Hindi Lessons Online
Hindi lessons in Devanagari (that is the script the Indians use to write Hindi), with every word in Hindi given a transliteration in English letters; the first short lesson is about how to read the Hindi script.
Hindi Lessons from Wikibooks, the open-content textbooks collection
This book is an introduction to Hindi and the script used to write it. It was written as an entry at hindi.unilang.org, and the author was kind enough to grant permission to copy and freely modify the text under the GFDL.
Hindi Lessons from University of Pennsylvania
Hindi lessons of Univ. of Pennsylvania in video and text format; requires a player for RealVideo files and the Devaganari font installed.
Hindi Program at Penn
Audio lessons in .AU sound file format.
Hindi Script Tutor
Online interactive script tutor for Devanagari.
Hindi/Urdu conversation lessons on the Web at Syracuse University
The Hindi language lessons that follow in these pages are meant to supplement classroom instruction. Although each page is designed to stand independently and can be used so, there is a certain sequence to follow in learning the language, beginning from the correct perception and practice of the various sounds to writing and making conversation, to building vocabulary. To use these pages for learning Hindi language you must have a working knowledge of the basics of Devanagari script.
Internet Polyglot Hindi-English Lessons
A number of lessons in Hindi, mostly focusing on vocabulary of common terms.
Namaste Dosti - The Learn Hindi Podcast
From the website: "I have been looking around for a good Hindi podcast and could not find one - so I decided to create my own. With the help of my Hindi speaking friends, we will try to provide an interesting and effective podcast to help you learn Hindi."
Open of Course Hindi Beginners Course
A beginning course in Hindi; requires registration.
Phrasebase Hindi Language Learning Resources
The Phrasebase website is the ultimate environment allowing you to read an Hindi Alphabet based phonetic spelling of common and useful everyday phrases in effort to memorize it and it's meaning. Phrases are accompanyed by sound files allowing you to listen repetatively and repeat out loud to practice pronunciation. And lastly, there are thousands of other members who can help you with your target language. Simply connect with them in the Phrasebase Audio/Video chatroom and echange language information and assistance.
Virtual Hindi
Online learning resource for Hindi, with grammar lessons and exercises, stories, and videos.
Ukindia Learn to Read Hindi
Downloadable lessons in Devanagari font.

  Language Communities

Polyglot
Polyglot is a non-profit community dedicated to language exchange. Polyglot allows you to find the right person ready to exchange languages with you. You will search for penpals according to age, gender, location, hobbies, etc. Polyglot is fully customizable. You will choose your own icons, styles or post your own Polyglot translations, so that more people speaking your language can become a member.
Speak Any Language Online Community
Speak-Any-Language.com is a web-based, global community dedicated to making the world a smaller place through understanding of languages and cultures. Our Forums area gives each of our users the opportunity to communicate with each other. Our Chat area gives everyone the opportunity practice speaking in the languages of their choice. Best of all, the services on these pages are free.
UniLang Community
The main purpose of the UniLang Community is to provide an online site where people interested in languages can unite, openly discuss, and find resources related to language(s), linguistics and translations. We are an open non-profit organization, meaning that everything on our site is publicly accessible at no cost, and membership is also free and open for everybody. All data, unless otherwise stated, is licensed under an open licence, the UniLang Public License, as opposed to a restrictive copyright.

  Other Hindi Resources

Hindi Language Resources
Extensive link list of lessons, dictionaries, fonts, etc.
Hindi Language Resources on the Web
Link list of Hindi resources.
Hindibhasha.com
Learning resources for students of Hindi as a second or other language.
Hindi Dictionaries Online
Links to online dictionaries in Hindi from all over the world, including monolingual online dictionaries, bilingual online dictionaries, online technical and specialty dictionaries, and online translation engines and hyper-dictionaries.
Indian Internet Radio and Online News Radio
Large directory of internet radio programs with conversation and music in a number of different audio formats.
Indian Newspapers Online
Directory of online Indian newspapers.