Dr. Rupert Snell’s Teach Yourself Hindi is one of the best books to learn Hindi. I know my copy has been used so much that the pages are starting to fall out and I need a new copy. I am know that many of you have benefited greatly from his book.
I have exciting news today. Dr. Snell, who is currently at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas, USA, has made available some additional information related to the material in the Teach Yourself Hindi book. Below is a copy of the listing of the materials as of March 18, 2009. Be sure and use the link below to see the most up to date listing.
Materials related to “Teach Yourself Hindi” can be found at the following URL. What immediately follows has been copied from that site.
Non-technical explanations of terms used in language books, from ‘Absolutive’ to ‘Vocative’ (didn’t quite make it to ‘Zeugma’!); with Hindi examples.
Each section of TY Hindi is reduced to a statement of the basic grammatical ‘rule’, with a couple of examples. Useful as an aide-mémoire and as a checklist of things learnt.
A set of exercises for TY Hindi, often beginning with the learner being asked to explain a certain construction — the student becomes the teacher.
Another set of exercises for TY Hindi, useful for private study or for class homework (unlike in the book, ‘answers’ are not supplied!).
A very simple four-part matrix to encourage the making of basic sentences with subject, adverb, object and verb.
A role-play matrix to stimulate class Q-&-A sessions: students respond to everyday questions that involve a wide range of tenses.
A table of verbs in two parts, first intransitive and then transitive, showing the form of the perfective participle and giving copious examples of the ne construction.
Use this cheat-sheet by tracing a pronoun on one axis and a postposition on the other to achieve such combinations as ‘ve + ke lie = unke lie’.
Ten commandments for learners eager to avoid sinfulness in their written Hindi.
A brief encounter with some of the many Hindi idioms based on food and eating.
Some ways of drilling basic phrases and constructions, to be used by individuals or in class. This is an essential step in achieving fluency — like playing scales for a musician.
A list of common expressions based on the postposition ko.
A suggested outline for a simple but effective role-play in which students talk to a hotel manager. It’s based on English questions, but Hindi ones could be substituted.
Some Hindi definitions of Hindi words, but with the headwords removed. Read the definition and figure out the headword it describes! Intermediate level & above.
A one-page summary of the working of absolutives (aka conjunctive particles, sunkar/karkeconstruction), and a fill-the-gaps exercise.
A crossword puzzle borrowed from Beginner’s Hindi; useful as a reminder of the syllabic structure of Devanagari. Key also available.
No cheating: do the crossword before you check this!
You might consider getting the following two books if you have not done so already.
Looking for something more basic? Why not try our "50 Hindi Words to Get You Started" Lesson?
Looking for something else? Check out our Hindi/English Dictionary. Learn Hindi