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Hindi

Why Hindi

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Hindi is the third most spoken language in the world, after Chinese and English. It is the major language of India, home of the Indus Valley Civilization and now one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Learning Hindi opens a vast and new horizon to one of the oldest, richest and vibrant cultures and philosophies in the world.

With a global dominance of software professionals, India is now attracting numerous international businesses from all over the globe.  India is also increasingly becoming a major world power attracting Foreign Service Officers overseas. Even a basic knowledge of Hindi can lead to job opportunities in trade, finance, education, energy, IT, military and many other areas. As an emerging market, India is an important trade partner and ally to the United States.

 

Hindi at KU

Taking Hindi at KU is not your typical language learning endeavor: practice Yoga, celebrate Indian festivals, cook authentic Indian food, play games, watch Bollywood films, learn about Indian music... can you say immersion? Hindi is offered by the Center for Global and International Studies. For detailed information, please refer to the department's website

"The KU Hindi program provides a refreshing break from traditional language education environments. Patrica’s classroom approach goes beyond the standard lecture format (memorize and repeat), emphasizing instead a lively, interactive experience, incorporating games, songs, and role playing as key components in teaching and reinforcing structural concepts, all while striving to facilitate development of a solid understanding of Indian culture through participation in regional cultural events." - Kathryn Ingenloff (Graduate Student, Ecology)

"Taking Hindi classes has been the highlight of my KU experience! I got to learn a lot about South Asian culture and experience it through fun classroom activities and field trips. I also got to thrive in a small class size with a lot of one-on-one assistance. This allowed me to learn a lot of language in just a few years." - Abigail Rose Schletzbaum (PhD candidate, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology)

"Because Hindi isn’t based on Latin, the way it handles subject-object relationships and its grammatical structures are entirely foreign to an English speaker, and these differences force you to not only think in an entirely new way, but to redefine and rediscover how you relate to your own emotions, experiences, and the people around you. Hindi opened the door to an entirely new worldview for me." - Daniel Lee Theisen​ (Senior, Neurobiology)

 


Courses Offered and Degree Paths

Our Hindi Program consists of beginner, intermediate and advanced level language classes, offering a progressive and immersive learning environment. 

Hindi Classes Offered
HNDI 110 Beginning Hindi I
An introduction to modern standard Hindi that emphasizes acquisition of basic language skills (speaking, comprehension, reading and writing) through a combination of lecture, drill, and work with the Devanagari script. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2018 semester.

HNDI 120 Beginning Hindi II
A continuation of Beginning Hindi I that builds on basic skills of speaking and comprehension, and the writing and reading of the Devanagari script developed in Beginning Hindi I. Prerequisite: HNDI 110 or placement exam that establishes a level of proficiency in Hindi suited to Beginning Hindi II. LEC.
Spring 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Sabarwal, Patricia
MTuWThF 11:00-11:50 AM FR 123 - LAWRENCE
5 57798

HNDI 210 Intermediate Hindi I
Enhancement of speaking, comprehension, reading and writing abilities in modern standard Hindi, with emphasis on grammar. Readings will be introduced from representative genres of Hindi literature. Prerequisite: HNDI 120 or placement exam that establishes a level of proficiency in Hindi suited to Intermediate Hindi I. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2018 semester.

HNDI 220 Intermediate Hindi II
Enhancement of speaking, comprehension,reading and writing abilities in modern standard Hindi, with emphasis on grammar. Readings will be introduced from representative genres of Hindi literature. Prerequisite: HNDI 210 or placement exam that establishes a level of proficiency in Hindi suited to Intermediate Hindi II. LEC.
Spring 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Sabarwal, Patricia
MWF 10:00-10:50 AM WES 4010 - LAWRENCE
3 57799

HNDI 310 Advanced Hindi I
Enhancement of speaking, comprehension, reading and writing abilities in Hindi. Readings are introduced from representative genres of Hindi literature. Prerequisite: HNDI 220 or placement exam that establishes a level of proficiency in Hindi suited to Advanced Hindi I. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2018 semester.

HNDI 320 Advanced Hindi II
Enhancement of speaking, comprehension, reading and writing abilities in Hindi. Readings are introduced from representative genres of Hindi literature. Prerequisite: HNDI 310 or placement exam that establishes a level of proficiency in Hindi suited to Advanced Hindi II. LEC.
Spring 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Sabarwal, Patricia
MWF 09:00-09:50 AM WES 4010 - LAWRENCE
3 58802

For placement and proficiency testing, please get in touch with us! 


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Contact Us

For additional information and inquiries, please contact:

Patrica Sabarwal
psabarwal@ku.edu
(785)864-9250

 


 


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