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by Michael C Shapiro

This work intended to provide the student with a thorough foundation in the grammatical structure of that variety of Hindi that is commonly tau This primer presents a systematic introduction to the structure of Modern Standard Hindi. It is intended to provide the student with a thorough foundation in the grammatical structure of that variety of Hindi that is commonly taught in Indian schools and that is the common vehicle of publication in Hindi. Although much emphasis is placed on the written language, discussion is also provided of aspects of conversational Hindi. The core of the work contains thirty on chapters. The first four offer discussions of the linguistic status of Hindi as well as comprehensive descriptions of Hindi phonetics and the Devanagari syllabary in which Hindi is written. Chapters 5 through 31 each contains descriptions of fundamental aspects of Hindi grammar. These chapters have extensive translation and grammatical exercises appended to them. The work as a whole introduces a core vocabulary of approximately fifteen hundred entries, incorporating lexical items found on most standard elementary word lists for the language. Supplemental materials in this book include graded reading passages, a guide to further study in Hindi, and Hindi English glossary. Although the Devanagari syllabary is used throughout the book, Roman transliteration is also provided through Chapter 15. A Primer of Modern Standard Hindi can be used in several different ways. It can be used as part of a university-level course as a text for Hindi grammar and writing. As such it will nicely supplement other materials addressing more conversational aspects of the language. It can also be used for self-study purposes by the student who does not have access to a formal instructional program. ght in Indian schools and that is the common vehicle of publication in Hindi. Although much emphasis is placed on the written language, discussion is also provided of aspects of conversational Hindi.
Download A Primer of Modern Standard Hindi epub
ISBN: 8120805089
ISBN13: 978-8120805088
Category: Reference
Author: Michael C Shapiro
Language: English
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass; 1st edition (August 27, 2014)
Pages: 293 pages
ePUB size: 1462 kb
FB2 size: 1487 kb
Rating: 4.8
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This is a great textbook for a serious Hindi learner. Basically, it explains everything from A to Z. It does use a lot of philological terms, but it does explains every term before using it, which might not be obvious if one never read the book sequentially.

Also, it's very consistent, demonstrate every language construction by examples, and contains 4 exercises for each chapter -- 2 for E-H and H-E expressions and 2 for E-H and H-E sentences. And each of them uses both the current and previous chapter materials. Although there is no answers, the E-H and H-E exercises of the same chapter use similar expressions in most cases so the results can be verified indirectly.

This is a fundamental book, and the author clearly follows the concept that any language is based on the verb and sentence structure so the vocabulary and most of the grammar reflect this concept with heavy emphasise on verbs. And it's great as a grammar reference.

This is certainly not a book for a tourist, even if used as a reference. And one won't find any word lists, like parts of the body, food items, colors, shapes, etc., even though most common ones are given in different chapters. The same is true for verbs and adjectives, which could be listed more systematically. I would like to find some source of well organized Hindi vocabulary (word lists) myself.

The introduction says that the book is not for learning conversational language, but it includes a great deal of conversational expressions and even specifies common differences between spelling and pronunciation.

Maybe the approach of Usha Jain is more comprehensive as some reviewers recommended, but "Teach Yourself Hindi" is no match to this book in any respect, neither grammar, no vocabulary, no exercises. The only its advantage is audio CDs that give some verbal Hindi exposure. Actually, I found it more tolerable reviewing it the second time after reading the Primer. Using it as the first textbook was a nightmare.

One disadvantage of this book (printed in India) is unclear font, especially Devanagari. It's readable, but smaller than English, and one does adjust to it after some time. Also, it contains only H-E glossary.

Overall, it's a very worthwhile book for the intended reader.
... if you use this book. This book ROCKS! in a word nerd kind of way.

It truly is a grammar primer, but should be used in conjunction with a tutor, class or other live speaking, listening and interaction with other Hindi speakers. If you don't have classroom experience or a tutor, you probably are going to be overwhelmed by the material, and you will not pronounce consonants and vowels correctly.

The reason I say that you will speak better Hindi than most Indians: the majority of Indians do not speak Hindi as their mother tongue (maatraa bhaashaa) and are usually given only the most cursory training in Hindi grammar. This book should be used in conjunction with live practice, vocabulary training and building (flashcards) and daily/weekly exposure to Hindi books, podcasts and video. If you use an integrated training approach, you will eventually become the envy of your Indian friends, because this book will give you a sounder knowledge of Hindi grammar than most Indians get (for example those from Andhra Pradesh, whose mother tongue is Telegu).

My criticisms of the book (other than a few typos that a good copy editor would have caught): (1) answers are not provided for exercises at the end of each chapter. (2) I would also have liked an Index with page numbers, to make the book more useful for reference. (3) It would also be useful to pair the Hindi-English glossary with an English-Hindi glossary for the same vocabulary.

I have almost finished the book and am developing an entire flashcard system for Supermemo using the vocabulary and grammar rules from the book. I have completed the first 20 chapters, and my flashcard database has about 1800 cards already.

If want to achieve true fluency in Hindi, this book is an incredibly good start. Even for a less linguistically ambitious traveler, in India for a few months, or for an expat living and working in India, it may be all the Hindi grammar you will ever need. Vocabulary is another matter. You should supplement your vocabulary training with another more contemporary source. The lexicon in this book is sometimes dated, but all the foundation nouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives and post-positions are here.

Contact me if you're interested in my flashcards.
This book is great. It has alot of grammatical points covered in a very dense and thorough book. The downfall is very few examples and no exercises whatsoever. A plus of the book is each section has a large vocabulary list at the end of some 40-60 words. If you have already been studying the grammar of the language and are familiar with alot of the basics this book would be excellent to use as a refresher or reference material to look something up you may have forgotten. Another plus to this book is there is a very thorough explanation of phonetics and pronunciation of the Hindi language, as well as other points about Devanagari that you won't find in other books of Hindi instruction. You definitely can learn from this book but with a bit of extra effort. However it is organized MUCH better than say "Teach Yourself Hindi" by Snell and Weightman. Overall though I'd recommend this as one of the must haves for studying the language, as Professor Shapiro also uses this book in his classes of Hindi at University of Washington. Again I would recommend Usha R. Jain's "Introduction to Hindi Grammar." to go along with it. I use the two books together with great success. I would like to say it was a book well done. Just be aware of the points I have made. :)