We currently offer online courses in Hindi and Gujarati.
We start by reviewing the reasons for learning Hindi or Gujarati. We cover the consonants and vowels, the pronunciation of the aspirated consonants, and the style of writing the alphabet. We build simple words from alphabets, and in the process learn the use of matras.
Our program seeks to build a basic vocabulary, including the words for everyday objects and things around us -- fruits, vegetables, forms of transport, materials and household items. We introduce the numbers, and the words for time and day, days of the week, seasons, family and relationships, and the places and people a child would expect to see in India.
To these we add the verbs for everyday activities, and the words that add color and provide descriptions – the adjectives and adverbs. From simple words, we build simple sentences, introduce the basic concepts of grammar, learn common exclamations, interjections, suffixes and prefixes. The course provides sample role playing exercises, which can be used by children for conversational practice during the weekly classroom sessions. Finally, there is a compendium of additional resources available on the web, for further learning.
Throughout the self-paced course, we try to enhance understanding and retention by using graphics, audio and videos.
Our recommendations for the accompanying Hindi classroom program are:
• It should be held once a week
• Each session should last at least one hour, and
• At least 30 minutes should be devoted to conversational practice.