best way to start..., April 13, 2004
Reviewer: A reader
I have several sets of CDs (French, Syrian Arabic, Egyptian Arabic and Hindi) from the Pimsleur series and all are great--and very consistent in the level of quality and type of instruction.
There are a number of Hindi dialects and this one is more geared toward the North. I have friends from Bombay and they do speak differently, but if you want to get the basic sound and structure, Pimsleur is great. Also, this accent has a bit more overlap with Urdu, I think, so maybe this particular dialect was selected to provide customers' the ability to speak with the widest possible group of Hindi speakers.
If you expect to be abled to speak a new language in 10 lessons, then your expectations are unrealistic. This is all present tense basics, but I can't think of a better way to get started. I make good use of commute time and listen to them in my car--which is the beauty of an audio program(no book or interactive software) since people have so little time to spare these days.
I highly recommend this to others who want to nail down the
basics quickly. You can work on a specific dialect later.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
Language Program - Hindi, April 6, 2004
The course covers a limited range of vocabulary and grammar at an elementary level; it did not make me fluent or even able to carry on a conversation. (I guess I could have conducted a very short conversation about whether or not I was Indian or American, or whether or not I spoke Hindi or English, but some things are just obvious.) However, it did give me enough knowledge to exchange pleasantries, handle basic directions and requests, and show interest in the language.
The most important things that I got from the CDs was a feel for the language. I was shocked to be able to listen to Hindi conversations and be able to pick out bits and pieces that I understood - a few words here and a few words there. I was also able to recognize certain gramatical patterns (such as questions, first and third person references, small talk phrases, time, and numbers). I was identifying with the language if not quite understanding it! If only I could have stayed longer, I could have done better!
And the pronunciation practice was invaluable. The Pimsleur repetitions really gave me an ear for the language - it no longer sounded so foreign. Because I could actually hear the language, I could remember a few additional words that I learned in India. I don't think that any other method could have given me a better start in the amount of time I invested in the Pimsleur course.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful:
not as good as German, Japanese, October 25, 2003
I am a big fan of Pimsleur, having purchased German (4), Japanese (3), Spanish, Hebrew, Mandarin, Russian, and Hindi. So, I have no axe to grind against Pimsleur when I say that this series is not on a par with some of the others. Why? Because the language used is archaic. The words for "Miss", "Please", and others are not a part of every day Hindi. I work with a couple of dozen native Hindi speakers and they agree, to a person, that some of the phrases that I have learned and repeated are comical. Of course it's not a total loss. I am able to speak Hindi and for the most part what I've learned is useful and fun to use. Pimsleur is a great system, the Hindi tapes are worth buying, but they are simply not as good as Pimsleur's other language products. The criticisms that I have read about the lack of grammer tutorials are specious. You and I and everyone else learned to speak long before we had any notion of grammer. If you want grammer go to school or buy a book, if you want to be fluent move to India. In the absence of that buy Pimsleur.
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Hindi, August 20, 2003
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful:
MUST for the novice Hindi speaker!, January 26, 2003
The two low ratings for this fantastic series came from people who do not understand the Pimsleur method. These audio tapes are not about teaching you everything you need to know, nor are they about colloquialism. Pimsleur audio is about drilling for memory.
Think of this series as a fast jump-start for a Hindi class. You start with a conversation. The conversation is broken down into its component words (which are broken into syllables to help you with pronunciation). The words are pieced together into phrases, the phrases into sentences, and then re-arranged to form different sentences. At the end, the sentences are reconstructed to form the conversation you heard at the start of the lesson.
I have studied upward of 18 languages... each time I used Pimsleur, I found myself lightyears ahead of my fellow students.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
Starting Point !!, July 19, 2002
There are basically two types of Hindi - formal and informal
respectfully. The Hindi presented here is the formal version. Few of
the words are spoken by "very educated" Hindi speakers. The Pimsleur
methods always have high prices, BUT they are cheaper then going to
a college class...I have tried learning Hindi with books, but
nothing can subsitute learning from the Pimsleur method! I actually
can speak nice Hindi and have gained respect from the Indian
community because of it!! Please seriously consider buying this item
- from it you will "get a feel" for the language - thus enabling you
to improve yourself better in the future( it will give you a firm,
solid foundation ). :) Dhanyavaad!