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New HUF feature for Hindi-learners at the elementary level

Fri, April 2, 2010

Dear colleagues,

This URL leads to Glossaries Alive, a new HUF feature for Hindi-learners at the elementary level. Its simple purpose is to bring alive a basic vocabulary for Hindi, and while it can be used independently of any textbook it is based on the chapter-wise glossaries in my Teach Yourself Hindi. It contextualizes individual words in short phrases, demonstrating a mother-tongue pronunciation and helping learners develop an instinctive grasp of morphology and usage. Each word or phrase is accompanied on screen by its Devanagari transcript, helping learners to familiarize themselves with the script alongside the lexicon; the glossaries can also be downloaded as PDFs.  Like our Hindi Thesaurus (which is still building), Glossaries Alive is recorded with Neha Ladha  under the expert eye and ear of Mike Heidenreich in the LAITS studio in Mezes, and the web feature is of course designed and developed by our very own Jonathan Seefeldt, "without whom not".  Glossaries Alive, available as a podcast, is growing week-by-week and will reach its full complement of 18 episodes by the end of the semester or soon after.  We are finding that our podcasts have an unlooked-for advantage in that they publicize HUF quite effectively.

We have also been adding to our stock of recordings for our advanced-level Mera Shahar series (talking-head videos in which Hindi/Urdu-speakers describe their hometown in unscripted and spontaneous monologues); Mera Shahar will come online this summer, and we are always on the lookout for articulate volunteers to record new episodes.

Plans for the fall include developing some much-needed interactive drilling patterns and other such aids for learners at various different levels, all as part of the HUF mandate to develop publicly available web-based Hindi-learning/teaching materials. Neha graduates this summer, so I'll be looking for a new primary collaborator. I will also be investigating the possibility of applying for TLTC funding to complement the dwindling HUF resources available for projects of this kind.

Many thanks to Neha, Jonathan, and Mike for their unfailingly excellent contributions to these projects.

And thanks for reading this. It would be great if you could bring our HUF resources to the attention of any interested teachers or students.


Rupert Snell

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