Interview with Dr. Rupert Snell

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The first “learn Hindi” type book that I got which I was able to effectively learn something from was Dr. Snell’s Teach Yourself Hindi. I am still learning from that course.

Just a few months ago, I got “Hindi Conversation” a audio only course that was also created by Dr. Snell. I have really gotten a lot out of that program as well. I plan to do a review on this course soon.

It had been my dream to someday meet Dr. Snell, but I always imagine it happening in London. That is where he had been teaching for so long. Out of curiosity, I decided to find out exactly where he was located, and what I found surprised me. He was at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas. Which is a wonderful thing because I live in Houston, Texas which is only a 3 hour drive away. At the University of Texas, he help to create the Hindi Urdu Flagship program.


I posted the raw unedited version of the interview. I started to edit it, but ultimately decided the raw recording was the way to go since it captured more of the moment.

In the interview, we cover many topics including:

1) How Dr. Snell came to know, study, and teach Hindi.

2) Ideas on learning a second language. One idea that we touched on was drilling and creating a vast set of small variations around a grammar or vocabulary lesson. You will see this incorporated in ISpeakHindi next month… so get ready to drill, drill, drill :-)

3) Hindi Urdu Flagship program.

And several other topics… I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I do… I found the interview to be very motivating to make me learn more Hindi and to improve the program.

You should see some of Dr. Snell’s other books:

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