In the spring 1999
semester, with the support and guidance of CLS
- Center for Language Studies, and The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area
Studies at Yale, an introductory course in Hindi was offered. Today five Hindi
courses in three levels of Hindi are being offered.
At the Yale Hindi program, we believe language is a way of thinking,
a way of life, and so our students are required from the very
beginning to think in the language being learnt.
true proficiency in any language can only be achieved
through a deeper understanding of its parent and/or
related culture(s), and to achieve this goal we instruct
through combination of texts, written assignments, audio-visual
material including contemporary Hindi films and songs,
and computer based assignments. These courses are geared
towards increasing oral, aural, written and reading
proficiency in the language.
that all disciplines are in the final analysis related
to each other, and so are committed to providing a classroom
experience where students are compelled to draw on the
multitude of diverse knowledge they have acquired in
the course of living.
in the joy of learning and are committed to making the
Hindi classroom a non-threatening, intense, intellectual
and joyful experience.
About the Hindi
the national language of India; but, it is one of several
languages spoken in different parts of the sub-continent.
'National' should be understood as meaning the 'official'
or 'link' language. The homeland of Hindi is in the
North of India, but it is studied, taught, spoken and
understood widely throughout the sub-continent, whether
as mother tongue or as a second or a third language.
information, see Introduction
to the Hindi Language.