HINDI Made Easy-Book

'HINDI Made Easy' aims to provide the basic knowledge on various aspects of spoken and written Hindi for English speaking international travelers, volunteers, visitors and students. The book is designed for Hindi learners at various stages of expertise in Hindi, both beginners and those at moderate Hindi competence. The book focuses on how an individual with no prior exposure to Hindi script and grammar will find learning effortless and pleasurable.

The book is divided into 21 sections. The first section provides a meticulous explanation of Hindi pronunciation, alphabets (varnmala) with illustrations, and the Devnagari script. The rest of the sections cover all the grammatical structures. Some practice exercises to revise and some stimulating Hindi word puzzles have also been included in the book. The book ends with glossary of some useful words and phrases, which are used on a day-to-day basis.

All examples and explanations are written in Roman script. Transliteration in Roman script facilitates to read and speak Hindi vocabulary precisely; which is presented mostly in all the sections with Hindi-English glossary. That will always be in 'italics' - but you should not learn to rely on it! The illustrations are the unique feature of this book; these denote the word framework covering all the vowel characters, consonants and some of the situational dialogues as well.

This book will assist readers to read, write and converse with confidence and acquire good knowledge of Hindi by using easy sentence building techniques. The manuscript covers key elements of pronunciation, conversational expressions, phrases, sentences and grammar rules used commonly. The pleasant mixture of Hindi and Urdu, popularly known as Hindustani is used in the simple phrases and different pattern of sentences. Some of the English language words, which are freely used in conversations by the Hindi speakers, have also been added.

Launching the book by Governor of Rajasthan

Subhadra Kothari, the author of the book 'HINDI Made Easy' presenting the book to Governor of Rajasthan, Ms.Margarate Alva, on March 25, 2014, at Governor House, with Dr. Kunal Kothari, Media Consultant Kalyan Singh Kothari, Director Idex Kusum Sharma and a Swiss student, Wendy Hardenberg.

About the Author
I bent upon to write this book out of my vast experience of teaching Hindi to foreign tourists, visitors, volunteers and students of different nationalities and my passion for newspaper journalism. During this period, I recognize the need of a beginner and also intermediate level for Hindi learning, in simplified manner with illustrations for easy reference, useful tips on phonetics, conversational expressions, glossary of useful words etc. Keeping in view the need of the learners, the content of the book has been prepared with added explanations and word power.

I express my gratitude to my family and friends for their encouragement, guidance and support, which had been my inspiration in publication of this book. Last but not the least; I would like to thank Idex (Indian Network for Development Exchange) team for their constant assistance and support in the early stages of the preparation of this course.

Initial trials of the package have shown promise. I hope foreigners visiting India, Hindi teachers and other non - Hindi speaking Indian readers may find this book useful and supportive. I would welcome any feedback or suggestions to further improve this book.

"I had the honor to be the first student of Subhadra Kothari to open the first draft of the book "Hindi Made Easy" she had just edited....where the ink was almost only drying! From the cover to the last page, everything is made to make you feel eager to learn the language! Detailed explanations about the grammar help a lot and you could even learn by yourself with the book. But I was lucky enough to be supported by wonderful and patient teacher, who also tells you stories about why we use such word, or expression in Hindi, where things come from, and that certainly makes it easier to remember! She knows how to make words live! Not only are you immersed in the language but also in the culture as a whole, of the wonderful country India is! Finishing a one-week course of Hindi with Subhadra, I felt she had given me a key, by teaching me the Devnagari alphabet, and a new world had opened its doors to me! I'll definitely keep going with Hindi and go back to Subhadra for some additional lessons." Thank you again Teacher!
Laura Abecasis France,
September 5, 2013

'As the name goes " HINDI Made Easy" is a simple and useful book. Hindi- English translation with pronunciation for grammar, conversation and words makes it easy to learn and understand them.'
Aartisahay, Gurgaon
March 12, 2014

Very proud to announce my friend Subhadra Kothari FSD resource person, host family @ Jaipur published Hindi conversation book. Must to have it in your packing bags if you are travelling to India!
Smita Sawant FSD, Jodhpur
March 20, 2014

'I have gone through the book at length. Being a Senior Hindi teacher I can see that the learning of Hindi language has been developed very systematically. It is an outcome of prolonged hard work. The book will be extremely useful for foreigners and tourists interested in learning Hindi beyond just a few words/phrases. The book contains proper phonetics, systematic grammar and an exhaustive glossary'
Rita Arora Retd. Senior Hindi Teacher, Jaipur
March 23, 2014

The book 'Hindi Made Easy, is very useful for all the basic concepts. The stories and puzzles at the end are quiet welcome for those who have mastered the first part. One suggestion would be to have British or American English speakers proofread any second edition to check for places where Indian English is different.'
Wendy Hardenberg A Librarian from Connecticut, USA,
March 29, 2014

“The Book - HINDI Made Easy - has surprised me because it offers much more than what its title suggests. Of course, it is a handy, useful guide for any foreign tourist spending some days or weeks in India. It makes them conversant with the Hindi words and phrases in common use. With the language barrier partly lifted their stay naturally becomes more enjoyable and meaningful. The book contains 14 colorful pages explaining the Hindi alphabet, a short Hindi-English Dictionary and practical exercises on day-to-day conversation. But what surprises me is that the book carries us much beyond this basic level. It goes on to highlight the beauty and sophistication of Hindi as a language, bringing out some of the finer points of its grammar and vocalization. I think the book can help in improving the communication skill even of Hindi speaking persons whose upbringing is on an uneven mixture of Hindi and English, as in our country today.” What admirable hard work and commitment!
Dr L. K. Kothari, MD, FAMS, Former Professor & Head Deptt. Of Anatomy & Physiology SMS Medical College & Hospital Jaipur, Rajasthan

The book ‘HINDI Made Easy’ is actually clarifies its title in true sense. Keeping in mind foreigner’s outlook of learning Hindi language - speaking and writing, author ‘Subhadra Kothari’ has published this book. But the book has proved to be useful for non-Hindi speaking Indians. The book has presented different aspects of Hindi grammar in very simplified method and has been transcribed in English as well. In all the book is very good.
Nandita Baijal Hindi Teacher Gurgaon, Haryana
April 2014

Namaste, My name is Prem Surjeet, I am of Indian origin born in Malaysia and now residing in Canada. My mother tongue is Malayalam, so finding difficulty in talking in Hindi and even watching a Bollywood movie! Recently I was in Jaipur, Rajasthan. I purchased the book ‘Hindi Made Easy’. I want to thank sincerely to Subhadra Kothari for publishing such a wonderful book!! The book is quite easy to follow and that is exactly what I wanted! The English version of all the text along with its meaning and Roman transliteration is the best part. I must say it is very helpful for all those Indians or NRI’s as well, who can’t converse in Hindi, especially the South Indians!! Once again thanks a million for a book like this Ms. Kothari!!!
Prem Surjeet. V, Canada
April 2015

  • Book Reviews
Rajasthan Patrika, March 30, 2014 Daily News (Rajasthan)
National Duniya

After 4 weeks of classes, travelling in India was straightforward with my new Hindi aptitude. It has been a memorable experience very good teaching, excellent teacher and very warm and friendly environment. The student's desires and wishes are understood and the curriculum is customized to accomplish their aspirations.
Espen, Norway
August 2009

Now I am confident to talk to people in various real life situations. My language skills improved. The use of Roman transliteration for Hindi learning was helpful indeed; moreover user friendly resource has made the subject motivating and enjoyable to learn. I will surely suggest to someone I know, looking for Hindi lessons.
Aguadilla, Argentina
August 2009

The experience I got from the Hindi Learning course was significantly enhanced by the one-on-one set-up. Was permitted to progress at my own pace, as per the need, expectation and my progress. I hope I will have an opportunity to come back and have a further advanced conversation classes, on top would like to choose a carrier related to Hindi.
Susan, Germany
November 2009

I took two day Hindi lessons to help learn certain phrases and words. The lessons were of great help and I also really enjoyed learning about Indian culture from Mrs. Subhadra Kothari’.
Mlchael Relner, Chicago USA,
September 2011

The Hindi lessons really helped us with navigating around Jaipur especially with the auto rickshaw drivers. It also helped with ordering food and shopping in the Pink city Jaipur.
Kathleen Roberts, USA,
September 2011

My situation of limited time did not allow me to go far in learning but I could learn and practice enough. I would certainty enjoy and profit from a longer program. I would hesitantly advice anyone interested in learning Hindi, to take part in the study here.
Harold Fish, USA

The experience I got from the course was greatly enhanced by the one on one format. I was allowed to progress at my own pace and could work with an excellent instructor ‘Subhadra Kothari', whose subject knowledge and power of explanation is excellent. I was so impressed with teaching method that I visited India Jaipur to improve my conversational and grammatical skills in Hindi.
Stefen Stefluk, USA
November 2010 and 2011

The basic course of Hindi learning is quite effective to understand the day today conversational expressions! Yes indeed, in a very short period of my stay in India Jaipur learning Hindi helped me to know about Indian culture and customs. 'Subhadra Kothari is incredibly nice. She is a Great teacher'
Raquel Madera, USA
February 2013

I had been coming to India almost every year since 2009 for volunteering. This time I decided to first learn Hindi, so that I become more comfortable to communicate effectively. After taking lessons in Hindi here in Jaipur, I was confident enough to speak and write in Hindi. My communicative skills enhanced due to my hard work and dedication. While teaching children English, I could translate and explain a story in Hindi. A great achievement!!!
Sara Macmurry, Ireland
March 2012

I am doing Anthropology in German University and taking Hindi lessons as well. But here in a week's time took few lessons with Subhadra Kothari and all my queries were solved. I could learn a lot in this short period. She is a fantastic teacher. Hopefully I will come next year again to learn more advanced Hindi
Magdalena, Germany
March 2013

I am a Professional Tourist Guide, an International Event Planner and a Public Speaker, visited Jaipur in March 2013, to learn and speak Hindi. I am a multi linguistic - speaks several languages - English, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Greek and Egyptian Arabic and can understand several others! I am extremely passionate about learning Hindi and in my blog I write: ‘One thing I want to do before I die………….learn to speak Hindi’ I belong to the beautiful city of Montreal and being of Indian origin (Bengali) it was not difficult for me to understand Hindi, as Bengali and Hindi have similarities due to their Sanskrit origin. I am planning to visit Jaipur again to practice, listen and hear Hindi speaking local natives.
Ruby Roy, Montreal - Canada
March 2013

I enjoyed learning Hindi reading and writing, during my stay in Jaipur. The structured worksheets and exercises helped me to learn step-by-step Hindi phonetics and grammar. I had a great experience of volunteering for empowering adolescent girls and women in slums of Jaipur, where I could also communicate in Hindi with native speakers.
Teddy Corwin, USA
October 2012

Myself, Andre and my wife Elisabeth got hold of the book 'HINDI Made Easy' from Universal Books, MI Road, Jaipur. I had been learning Hindi online since last few years. But I wanted to have tips on correct pronunciation and improve on conversational aspects in situations of daily life and to understand India's diversity, culture and its people. After taking 2 week's lessons in the month of January 2015 we could increased some vocabulary in Hindi, felt little confident to move around in Indian community and could understand Indian lifestyle through learning Hindi language.

Before coming to this Institute I had already been attending a few Hindi classes in Germany. Nevertheless the lessons at Jaipur de>initely helped me to improve my Hindi skills in all areas. I really feel that I have learnt more about Indian history, culture and lifestyles through learning the language. Though I could spare very little time in India but I could broaden my understanding regarding how Hindi has become ‘Hinglish’ and know the PersioArabic influence is affecting colloquial Hindi. My purpose for learning Hindi is to be able to converse with my Indian friends in their mother tongue or a language they know well. In my opinion the book ‘HINDI Made Easy’ is very handy guide for students, tourists, and volunteers who visit India and who need an introduction to that language.
Gunter Hesse, Germany
April, 2015

Indian kitchen Craft offered me crash course in all Indian cuisines specially- Rajasthani, North Indian, South Indian and other foods like Punjabi etc. I could learn step-by-step cooking methods, with great chef Subhadra Kothari. The best part of it was - All cooking was ‘hands on’ and only the freshest quality ingredients were used. I loved to taste and eat what was prepared every day. I took 20 days lessons and skilled all popular varieties of culinary India! Such a Great and fun experience!!!
Erica Monteiro Diogo, Brazil
December 2011

The take away ‘Cook Book’ is excellent, which I did not expect. And the best part was at the end ----- when we eat what we made!!! Though I had only two day’s cooking lessons, as the same time I was learning Hindi and did volunteering in Jaipur, but I enjoyed my lessons knowing cooking tips and with some customized lessons as well.
Teddy Corwin USA
June 2013

After completing my volunteering schedule in India, I had four days cooking lessons in Institute of Indian cooking, here in Jaipur. Subhadra Kothari was incredibly nice, good time spent teaching now and then letting me do the chapati rolling, frying Veg Pakoras, making gravies, Indian sweets, paneer and so on…I was so impressed with everything about this experience. I totally recommend this.
Rebecca Joss Switzerland
May 2013

We the group of 17 volunteers attended a very short duration course of ‘Dal and Roti’ making class in Jaipur. We love it!! It was very comprehensive, informative, ‘hand on’ and lots of fun. I am looking forward to try out my new culinary skills at home. To become super cook and learn how to make tasty and delicious dishes, we had lots of tips, live demonstrations, and accurate recipes. A group of seventeen persons from California, USA, learned creative cooking in August 2013. We all had a Great and fun experience!
A Group of 17 volunteers California, USA
August 2013

Subhadra’s cooking classes have given me the inspiration to cook the food that I will enjoy all my life. In a week’s time, I had customized cooking lessons, where I learnt the delicacies of Indian food and spices. I thoroughly enjoyed the innovative dishes and several tips for healthy recipes, always followed by delicious lunch. Great!
Laura Abecasis Ireland
September 2013

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