This fun, friendly course proposes to introduce the most widely spoken language of South Asia to students who have little or no prior knowledge of Hindi. Students will be introduced to the Devanagari writing system, however, emphasis will be on speaking skills and listening comprehension. Hindi songs from contemporary Indian cinema will enhance the conventional teaching materials. Along with the language, students will have exposure to Indian culture through discussion about festivals and holidays.
Rita Pandy received her Ph.D. in Sanskrit and Philosophy from Banaras Hindu University and has taught Hindi at M.I.T.