• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Hindi
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Christopher Diamond
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
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Hindi is the most widely spoken language in India and across the South Asian diaspora globally, including in Australia. In total, Hindi is spoken by nearly 500 million people. ‘Hindi 1’ is the introductory course for Hindi at ANU. For ANU students, this course has a strong emphasis for in-person learning, with the additional participation of online students coming through Open Universities Australia (OUA). This makes our classroom highly interactive and diverse. At the end of the semester, you will be able to read and write in the Hindi script (Devanagari) and speak comfortably in a variety of everyday scenarios. In addition to studying Hindi grammar in detail, you will also focus on speaking and listening skills through interactive roleplaying and online audio-video interactions for assignments. You’ll also be equipped with essential cultural knowledge to navigate Indian society. By the end of the course, you will be able to comfortably talk about yourself when meeting new friends, describe your home, town and country, shop for essentials and express your likes and dislikes about many things.  

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Recognise and pronounce all 52 Hindi sounds and the consonant and vowel combinations.
  2. Read and write all basic Hindi characters and their combinations.
  3. Develop and demonstrate an active Hindi vocabulary of around 500 items and a passive Hindi vocabulary of 750 items.
  4. Understand and use a range of Hindi simple sentences and tenses for everyday Indian cultural situations as taught in the course.
  5. Communicate in everyday written and spoken contexts such as shopping, travel, and interacting with people.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of status, age, gender, and religion on communication.

Other Information

Proficiency equivalent: CEFR A1. 


This is a co-taught course. Any cap on enrolments in one course applies to both courses combined. 


On successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to engage at a Beginner level of Hindi. 


Students with native speaker proficiency (may include cognate languages and dialects) must review the language proficiency assessment site and contact the CAP Student Centre for appropriate enrolment advice. Students with previous “language experience or exposure” are required to undertake a language proficiency assessment to ensure enrolment at the most appropriate level.


Relevant past experience includes:

-       Previous study of the language (both formal and informal, for example but not limited to, at school, or, home, or through online activities, etc.)

-       Being exposed to the language in childhood via a family member or friend

-       Travel or living in a country where the language is spoken

-       The language being spoken in your home (even if you do not speak it yourself)


Students who are not sure if they need to undertake a language proficiency assessment should seek advice from the course or language convenor. Students who intentionally misrepresent their language proficiency level may be investigated under the Academic Integrity Rule 2021 as having failed to comply with assessment directions and having sought unfair advantage. This may results in a penalty such as reduced grades or failure of the course.


Students are not permitted to enrol in a language course below one that they have already successfully completed, except with permission of the language and/or course convenor.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  2. Learning Portfolio (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Weekly Homework (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Midsemester Oral Assessment (10) [LO 1,2,4,5]
  5. Midsemester Written Assessment (15) [LO 1,2,4,5]
  6. Final Oral Assessement (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  7. Final Written Assessment (15) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


The total workload for the subject is 130 hours over 12 weeks of class and the examination period. 

Each week students are expected to study for 5 hours as follows:   

1. 60 minutes (2x 30 mins) of pre-class preparation. This includes reading the relevant portions of the textbook, watching pre-recorded lectures, and preparing questions for class.

2. 50 minutes (10-15 mins daily) memorising vocabulary and course content 

3. 180 minutes of classroom time, participating in 2 x 90-minute classes online. 

4. 60 minutes, post class completing weekly exercises and assignments 


It is also expected that students should spend an additional 5 hours of individual study practising the week’s written and spoken language forms and vocabulary and reviewing feedback on their work. 

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

Students cannot enrol in this course if they have already completed HIND1008 or HIND6100.

Prescribed Texts

*This textbook will be used for Hindi 1, 2, 3, & 4 


The prescribed textbook is available in two formats. The print version is recommended; however, students can choose to buy the enhanced eBook + audio but there has been reports of technical problems with eBook. 


Option 1 -- Print Version 

Snell, Rupert, and Simon Weightman. 2016. Complete Hindi. Teach Yourself. London: John Murray Publishing. (ISBN: 978-1-4441-0683-1)  


Option 2 -- "Enhanced eBook + Audio" 

Snell, Rupert, and Simon Weightman. 2017. Complete Hindi: Beginner to Intermediate Course: Enhanced eBook. John Murray.




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $5280
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2228 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View
ANU Online
2364 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 Online View
OUA Online
3378 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 Online View

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