Hindi Lessons and Tutors in London
Hindi is an Indo-Aryan language spoken by hundreds of millions of people across the world, the vast majority of which live in India. Estimates of native speakers range from 180 million to 487 million; the latter figure is likely to include a variety of dialects besides Standard Hindi. Standard spoken Hindi is closely related to Urdu, the official language of Pakistan, through shared grammar and vocabulary, although the writing systems are different. Hindi has a rich literary heritage, dating back to the medieval period and borrowing heavily from Ancient Sanskrit and Hindustani.
Modern Standard Hindi is now taught widely in schools and universities. The Hindi alphabet, known as ‘Devanagari’, is the common standard and is also used in Nepal. It is derived from Sanskrit and the letter order is based on phonetic principles with vowels, consonants, and a wide-ranging order of biconsonantal conjuncts. Hindi is among the world’s most widely adopted writing and reading systems. In addition, loanwords from English in Hindi make the language easier for native English speakers.
India is a powerhouse in technological innovation and is set to become the world’s third-largest economy by 2030 with its rising population of 1.4 billion. Learning Hindi is useful for people who want to conduct business in India, as it is the official language used for bureaucratic, governmental and judiciary processes. While English is also commonly used in India, learning business-related vocabulary in Hindi lessons across the topics of accounting, finance and economics will connect you to the consumer masses in India.
A fun way to practice the Hindi language is to watch Bollywood films. Bollywood is the name for mainstream Hindi cinema, based in the city of Mumbai. These films are known for their song and dance sequences and their lengthy runtimes (averaging at 3 hours per film), which means you can get hours of Hindi listening in. Bollywood films are only one aspect of the richness of Indian culture, that has birthed major religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism, which feed into daily life, architecture and social customs.
Currently, Cambridge provides an IGCSE in Hindi as a Second Language which covers reading, writing, listening and speaking. There are also online and in-person Hindi language exams offered at the Central Hindi Training Institute, which has full and parttime centres across India.
Hindi Courses and Tuition in London
Mayfair Consultants offers fully-qualified Hindi tutors for private tuition across London. Our tutors are either native or fluent Hindi speakers who use interactive and immersive approaches, focussing on extending clients’ vocabularies while perfecting their pronunciation and writing. We also focus on Hindi culture and business etiquette. Many of our tutors use literary materials, as well as online, journalistic and other non-fiction sources, as part of their instruction tools. We work with learners of all ages and abilities, including those preparing for Hindi GCSE, A-Level and IB exams, and those acquiring the language for research, travel or business purposes.
If you would like to arrange Hindi lessons or have any questions about our courses or tuition services, please call us on Tel: +44 (0) 207 665 6606 or you can send us an email via our contact form.
Useful Hindi Language Resources
http://www.columbia.edu/itc/mealac/pritchett/00urduhindilinks/ – Resources on Hindi and Urdu
https://www.cs.colostate.edu/~malaiya/hindilinks.html – Guide to Hindi and Urdu
https://www.ucl.ac.uk/anthropology/current-students/language-resources – Hindi Resources in London
https://www.soas.ac.uk/southasia/languages/hindi/ – SOAS University of London Hindi Resources
https://www.langcen.cam.ac.uk/resources/langh/hindi.html – University of Cambridge Language Centre Hindi
https://www.orinst.ox.ac.uk/hindi – University of Oxford Hindi
https://courses.washington.edu/hindi31x/resources.html – University of Washington Hindi Resources
https://www.incredibleindia.org/content/incredible-india-v2/en.html – India Tourism Authority
https://tourism.gov.in/ – Indian Ministry of Tourism
https://www.nehrucentre.org.uk/ – High Commission of India in the UK
https://www.bl.uk/subjects/south-asia – British Library’s South Asian Language Collection
https://www.hcilondon.gov.in/ – Indian Embassy in London
https://www.startupindia.gov.in/content/sih/en/reources.html – Indian Government Business Resources
https://www.ukibc.com/india-guide/how-india/ – UK India Business Council Guide
https://fisiuk.com/ – Friends of India Society
https://www.indiaculture.nic.in/knowledge-resources-heritage – India Ministry of Culture Resources
https://www.britishcouncil.org/school-resources/find/classroom/india-education-pack – British Council India Primary Education Pack