Learning Hindi can seem like an overwhelming task at first, but with some hard work and perseverance you can work your way to fluency in a year or less. I moved to India over a year ago to experience something new and learn a new language. I can now speak Hindi fluently. I would like to share with you some of the things I have learned along the way. Everyone learns languages a little bit differently, but this is what worked for me. Here are some important steps to take.
Live in Norther India!
If you can live in India for a month, or even a year, you would benefit greatly. Consider study abroad programs from your university, or just stay with an Indian family that you may know.
Learn the Hindi Script
This will help you significantly in the learning process. You will learn correct pronunciation and new vocabulary quicker than you could if you didn’t know the Hindi script.
Learn Hindi Grammar
Without understanding how the pieces of a sentence fit together, learning to speak Hindi will be difficult. Focus on verb tenses, nouns (singular or plural, gender), adjectives (agreement), and word order (Subject-Object-Verb or Subject-Verb-Object, etc.).
Practice and Use Everything You Learn
Every time you learn something new, practice it over and over until you can use it without effort.
Watch Bollywood Films
This will be difficult at first, but the more you learn Hindi the more you can take advantage of learning from films.
Be Patient and Persistent
Learning languages is quite hard. Expect it to take about a year to learn to speak fluently.
Take Advantage of Free Online Sources
There are a few good online resources to help you learn Hindi. Google Translate is quite effective and helpful. Here are a few that I have found helpful.
I hope this helps!
About the Author
I grew up in Oklahoma. I went to the University of Oklahoma to get my B.A. in Mathematics. After graduating I moved to India to experience something new and learn a new language. I have lived here for about 16 months now.