Hindi course outline

The Cactus Course Outlines provide a learning framework for the Cactus Foreign Language Evening Courses. They are designed to provide you with a good idea of what you might cover over a 10-week period, and include typical themes, grammar and vocabulary fields. They are flexible rather than prescriptive, in that our teachers may decide to adapt their learning plans to the specific level, aims and interests of their classes. Use the tabs below to view the relevant Hindi course outline for your level.

Hindi Beginner 1

Topics & Vocabulary:

  • Greetings
  • Yes-No questions
  • Who and how people are
  • What (identity), Nationality, Jobs
  • Shopping, how much…, what kind …
  • Have, want, like
  • Availability (milnā)
  • Directions, Where can I get… , Position and Place
  • Talking about accommodation
  • Exchanging personal details, introductions
  • Formal/informal speaking
  • Giving orders and making requests
  • Possession and the family
  • Numbers

Grammar:

  • Making sentences
  • Verb to be, possessives
  • Yes/no questions,
  • Pronouns āp and maĩ
  • Question words-kitnā, kaisā
  • Introduction to gender and number: nouns and adjectives
  • Plurals
  • Postpositions, Case; to have
  • Verbs: routine events, present and imperatives
  • Ko constructions
  • Kā/kī/ke Possesives
  • Koī/kuch

Cultural Content:

  • Polite vs everyday language – showing respect
  • Body language (agreeing, disagreeing, showing doubt)
  • English vis-à-vis Hindi
  • Showing position in society
  • Seasonal festivals/Gods’ days

Skills Work:

  • Conversation development and dialogues
  • Reading and writing: the Devanagari alphabet

Hindi Beginner 2

Topics & Vocabulary:

  • Revision of Beginners 1
  • Adverbs of time and place
  • Talking about the past and the future
  • Comparing things and people
  • Discussing possibilities and conditions

Grammar:

  • Pronouns, Possessives, Ka/ke/ki possessives
  • Reflexive pronoun apnā
  • Gender, Number,
  • Intranstive and transitive verbs, Absolutive
  • Present Tense and Present continuous, Perfective and Imperfective Past, Future
  • Imperatives, Subjunctive, Subjunctive/Future Imperatives, You can go, Let me go
  • Ko construction, Koi/kuch
  • Emphatic constructions
  • Comparatives

Cultural Content:

  • Family life – living with people
  • Daily life and religion
  • Shopping in India
  • Seasonal festivals/Gods’ days

Skills Work:

  • Basic conversations and role plays

Hindi Beginner 3

Topics & Vocabulary:

  • Recommendations and advice
  • Talking to the Doctor
  • Parts of the body and medical vocabulary
  • Finding the way
  • Talking about necessity and obligation
  • Time

Grammar:

  • Revision of Beginners 2 Grammar and Structures
  • Lagnā verb
  • Obligations and compulsions
  • Passives
  • Relative/co-relative sentences
  • Causatives
  • Compound verbs
  • Saknā, cuknā, pānā

Cultural Content:

  • Health and illness – Hindu perceptions
  • Style in Hindi
  • Towns and cities in India – Geography
  • Seasonal festivals/Gods’ days

Skills Work:

  • Dialogues, accounts and directions
  • Holding conversations

Hindi Elementary 1

Topics & Vocabulary:

  • Revision of Beginners 3 Hindi
  • Talking about family, hobbies, spare time and work
  • Possession
  • Describing things and places
  • Describing positions
  • Numbers
  • Talking about work and study

Grammar:

  • Revision of Beginners 3 Grammar and Structures
  • Verb tenses and mood
  • The infinitive

Cultural Content:

  • Leisure and work
  • Education in India
  • Castes
  • Seasonal festivals/Gods’ days

Skills Work:

  • Dialogues
  • Holding conversations

Hindi Elementary 2

Topics & Vocabulary:

  • Revision of Elementary 1
  • Talking about the past and the future
  • Using the Phone
  • Days and dates, Times
  • Making arrangements
  • Dining in and out

Grammar:

  • The Conditional
  • Have
  • The future, uses of the future
  • Transitive and intransitive
  • Aspects

Cultural content:

  • Going out and visiting people
  • Solar vs Lunar calendar
  • Religion in India
  • Invitations
  • Seasonal festivals/Gods’ days

Skills Work:

  • Dialogues
  • Holding conversations

Hindi Elementary 3

Topics & Vocabulary:

  • Revision of Elementary 2
  • Talking about the past and the future
  • Dining in and out
  • Small talk
  • Extended conversations
  • Give permission
  • Discussing possibilities, “If only….”
  • Discussing alternatives, although
  • Apologising

Grammar:

  • The Infinitive
  • Transitivity, the passive and the causative
  • Continuation and the habitual
  • Compound verbs

Cultural Content:

  • Marriage and love
  • Art
  • Food in India
  • Asking and giving permission, refusing and apologising
  • India in history – the Raj, the Moghuls, etc.
  • Seasonal festivals/Gods’ days

Skills Work:

  • Dialogues
  • Holding conversations

Hindi Intermediate 1

Topics & Vocabulary:

  • Telephoning
  • Giving advice and making suggestions
  • Talking about wants and desires
  • Commands and ordering
  • Describing and giving advice
  • Telling the time
  • Making preparations

Grammar:

  • The Subjunctive
  • The Imperative
  • Verb Aspect – perfective and imperfective
  • Voice – transitive and intransitive
  • Verb chaining and conjunctions

Cultural Content:

  • Ambition and dreams
  • Bollywood
  • Travelling in India
  • Regional Art in India
  • Seasonal festivals/Gods’ days

Skills Work:

  • Dialogues
  • Conversations
  • Role plays
  • Telephoning

Hindi Intermediate 2

Topics & Vocabulary:

  • Giving advice, reasons and conditions
  • Relating information
  • Talking about people, facts and events
  • Processes
  • Comparing similarities and differences
  • Describing actions and processes in the past, present and future
  • Making plans, talking about ambitions

Grammar:

  • Relative clauses
  • Obligation and Necessity
  • Active and Passive
  • Beginning and Permitting
  • Habitual
  • Reflexives
  • Adverbs

Cultural Content:

  • Education and careers
  • Castes and Heriditary Careers
  • The languages of India
  • News reporting in India
  • Seasonal festivals/Gods’ days

Skills Work:

  • Dialogues
  • Conversations
  • Role plays
  • Telephoning

Hindi Intermediate 3

Topics & Vocabulary:

  • Talking about prospects and ambitions
  • Weighing up options and giving arguments
  • Making plans and negotiating
  • Suggesting offering and refusing
  • Varying the message by nuance
  • Talking about feelings, hopes and desires
  • Plans for the future

Grammar:

  • Conjunct and compound verbs
  • Reduplication – emphasis and distributives
  • Echoing
  • Conditional and concessional constructions
  • Participles
  • Transitive, Intransitive and Causative
  • The Future

Cultural Content:

  • Education and careers
  • The Hindi diaspora
  • Doing business in India
  • egotiating
  • Seasonal festivals/Gods’ days

Skills Work:

  • Dialogues
  • Formal and informal styles
  • Role plays
 

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