Technically, I haven't finished reading this language pack. I may never be done reading this language pack. But what I've read so far has established a solid foundation in beginning my life long long journey of mastering a second language. Very resourceful, a must for any English speaking Hindi students.Emilyhex27
I am still getting through this, and also using Rosetta Stone software (along with the scattered podcast). I actually find it more useful than Rosetta Stone, anyway.Kelly
I am fascinated by this language so far. We'll see if I get to use any of this in March...Brian Sullivan
One of those books I keep needing to go back tooMeera
I got this book in 2003 when it first came out. I've always loved the Hindi language from growing up watching Hindi films and tv shows. I was also super fascinated and interested in Indian culture and everything India. This is the first Hindi book I ever got and it's my favorite for a number of reasons. I used my original copy so much, it completely fell apart and I had to get the new version which is called "Complete Hindi". This book teaches Hindi through dialogues, exercises and grammar explanations It follows the story of Pratap, who goes to New Delhi from London, to study Hindi! There he stays with a host family. He is immediately infatuated with their oldest daughter Sangeeta. But Sangeeta doesn't return this feeling and all the drama plays out during each chapter. You also read letters from Pratap to home, and letters that come from his friends. This is one thing I love about this book, unlike most courses or even "Teach Yourself's" they don't follow stories, in this one there are the same characters throughout and there is hardly any "Touristy" dialogue. Everyone in the book has a good characterization that keeps you hooked and wanting to learn more. It does a wonderful job at keeping you motivated. Another aspect I like about this book, is the way it handles the Devangari script. It teaches you it in the beginning and then uses it with transliteration until chapter six. After this you must learn to read without transliteration, which I loved because I could not cheat on it and it gave me great reading practice. Some people think this is a negative trait of the book, but I disagree. Without this, I doubt I would have ever been able to read devangari. If you need a slower pace, there is a book called "Teach Yourself Hindi Script" by the same author, which is also very good. The grammar explanations in this course are very well done. Hindi doesn't have any extremely difficult grammar parts, but the parts that are difficult are clearly explained and have a lot of practice exercises with them. They are worked within the dialogues and letters to help reinforce it. Rupert Snell works in the grammar very nicely and it never seems over your head or too daunting. In my opinion this is the best book on the market for Hindi. It is nothing revolutionary like "Pimsuleur" or "Rosetta Stone", you have to really work through it and keep at it, but by the time you finish this course you will have a good grasp on Hindi. If you are thinking about learning Hindi and don't what to use, I suggest this course. But make sure you get it with audio! I really don't think I would have gotten half as far in Hindi if I didn't have this book.