Language Family: New Indo-Aryan group of Indo-Iranian branch of Indo-European

Location:India, Mauritius, South Africa, Bangladesh, Yemen, and Uganda

Related Languages: Urdu.

Hindi Language Fonts

Yahoo! Search - Free Language Sites
Because sites come and go on the Internet, the best resource for language fonts may be this Yahoo! Search "find it yourself" link.


Flag of India; more on flag and symbols;

Anthem (words); Anthem (music)

Map of India and Quick Facts; More Serious Maps

UCLA Language Profile - HIndi

Ethnologue: Languages of India

Indian Images

Famous Hindus

Indian Cuisine; More; More

Indian Music; More; More

Bollywood; More; More

Megasites Search - Preset for Hindi
The Google search engine has been preset for you to search the Internet using the Hindi language. Also ideal for target language lexical and contextual searches and other language-oriented uses. Requires Hindi fonts.

Search Engine Colossus - India
Links to primary English, Hindi, Bengali and other languages search engines and gateways.

Resources for the Study of South and Southeast Asian Languages and Cultures
In English, from Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen; perhaps the most extensive online resource site.

Digital Library of India

Part of the Million Book project: The mission is to create a portal for the Digital Library of India which will foster creativity and free access to all human knowledge. As a first step in realizing this mission, it is proposed to create the Digital Library with a free-to-read, searchable collection of one million books, predominantly in Indian languages, available to everyone over the Internet.

BUBL LINK Catalogue is largest Internet portal in U.K.: Selected Internet resources covering all academic subject areas.

India Resources Page - University of Texas
Excellent resources page with links to to History and Culture, Government, News, Country profiles, etc.

DMOZ Open Directory - India, Hindi Version
Useful resources page, includes links to Interactive Portals, Music and Art, Country/Regions, etc.

Google Directory - India
Google Regional Directory preset for India.

Library of Congress Portals to the World - India
Created and maintained by the LoC Area Studies Directorate.

Yahoo Regional Countries Links - India
Excellent Yahoo search engine links for everything from Arts and Humanities to Travel and more.

WWW Virtual Library - India
A part of the WWW Virtual Library system, this website provides numerous links to language and country related sites.

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Professional Organizations, Online Journals and Library Consortia

Association for Asian Studies
"The Association for Asian Studies (AAS)—the largest society of its kind, with approximately 7,000 members worldwide—is a scholarly, non-political, non-profit professional association open to all persons interested in Asia." The South Asia Council (SAC), one of four regional coucil operating within AAS, provides a list of US and European institutions offering programs of study in Hindi and other South Asian languages.

British Association for South Asian Studies
"The British Association for South Asian Studies (BASAS) is the largest UK academic association for the study of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives and the South Asian Diaspora."

European Association for South Asian Studies
"The European Association for South Asian Studies (EASAS) is a professional, non-profit organisation of scholars engaged in research and teaching concerning South Asia with regard to all periods and fields of study. The objectives of EASAS are to support and promote South Asian Studies in all countries of Europe."

VYAKARAN - ListServe
The first electronic discussion group dedicated solely to South Asian linguistics. Above link takes you to VYAKARAN archives page which also has sign-up information.

South Asia Language Review
The South Asian Language Review (SALR) is a biannual journal published in January and June w.e.f. January 1991. It publishes papers on theoretical as well as applied aspects of language and linguistics and book reviews.

Savifa: Virtual Library South Asia
Heidelberg University's Savifa: Virtual Library South Asia: "the information gateway for South Asia Studies, which offers you a comprehensive access to professionally selected and annotated internet resources as well as other scientific information."

E-Journals for South Asian Studies and Indology
Heidelberg University's Savifa: "offers in cooperation with the E-Journal Library (EZB) a comfortable point of entry to more than 200 e-journals. The coloured buttons indicate whether you have access to the full text."

South and Southeast Asian Studies - South Asia Resource Access on the Internet (SARAI)

Division of Columbia University Libaries provides links to Libraries, Reference Tools, eJournal, eNews, eBooks, and more. Also lists Conferences, Exhibits & Events on South Asia and more.

Digital South Asia Library
Rich academic online reference site from University of Chicago; inlcudes links to Bibliographies, References, Maps, Images, Books and Journals, etc.

National Council of Organizations of Less Commonly Taught Language
"The CouncilNet website is the hub of CouncilNet, the World Wide Web based network for organizations representing the less commonly taught languages (LCTLs) in the United States."

Linguistic Bibliography Online
"The Linguistic Bibliography covers publications from all branches of linguistics, both theoretical and descriptive, from all geographical areas. The emphasis is on non-Indo-European languages and lesser known Indo-European languages, including endangered and extinct languages. "

International Hindi Association Homepage

"To instil the human and spiritual values ingrained in Indian literature, an International Hindi Association named ANTARRASHTRIYA HINDI SAMITI was founded on October 18, 1980 at Rosslyn, Virginia (U.S.A.).

South Asian Language Teachers Association (SALTA)
"South Asian Teachers Association (SALTA) is a professional organization of language educators at university and college level and is a registered body in the state of New Jersey. The mission of this Association is to encourage a more effective cooperation among instructors and educators of South Asian languages, linguistics, and literatures in institutions of higher studies, particularly colleges and universities in North America."

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Universities, Programs and Centers of Study

STARTALK - Hindi Programs
STARTALK is the newest of the component programs of the National Security Language Initiative (NSLI) announced by President Bush in January of 2006. The initiative seeks to expand and improve the teaching and learning of strategically important world languages that are not now widely taught in the US.

U.S. Institutions Teaching Hindi
From Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) at the University of Minnesota. Select Hindi and search LCTL list of US schools and institutions of higher education offering instruction in the Hindi language.

LinguaVista - Hindi
"The LinguaVista website enables language learners to find high-level language programs in the US and abroad."

Hindi-Urdu Flagship, University of Texas at Austin
"An undergraduate program at the University of Texas at Austin designed for students who wish to achieve advanced professional proficiency in Hindi and Urdu while majoring in a wide variety of programs, including Business, Communications, Engineering, and Liberal Arts."

South Asian Studies, University of Pennsylvania
"The Department of South Asia Studies (SAST) at the University of Pennsylvania, founded in 1948, is the oldest South Asia area studies program in the nation. The Department is home for all faculty teaching South Asian languages and cultures, ancient and modern, with many dual appointments of faculty in other university departments."

American Institute of Indian Studies
The American Institute of Indian Studies, a consortium of universities and colleges in the United States at which scholars actively engage in teaching and research about India. AIIS operates intensive language programs in India for summer and academic year. The Institute has also provided fellow ship support for senior American scholars and Ph.D. candidates.

Indian Colleges and Universities
Links to major institutions of higher learning in India.

Colleges and Universities - India
More links to major institutions of higher learning in India.

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Language Materials

Standard Hindi - Wikipedia
Along with this general article, Wikipedia provides separate, main articles on Hindi-Urdu Phonology, Hindustani Orthography, and Hindi-Urdu Grammar.

Hindi Writing System
Basic introduction to Hindi alphabet with collections of links to audio files and language related websites.

Scripts of all of Asia - Brahmi Scripts
Indian script comparison charts by Eden Glshani.

Video - Days of the Week in HIndi
Learn and practice the days of the week in Hindi by Marged.

Video - Learn Hindi - Part 1: Introduction
Eleven-part course by Saumya Ranjan leading to comprehension of Bollywood song. Lectures, in English, run between 7 and 9 minutes. Part 2a - Phonetics; Part 2b - Manner of Articulation; Part 2c - Writing Sounds and Speech; Part 2d - Englsih Sounds and IPA; Part 3 - Sounds of Hindi and Devanagari Script (Vowels); Part 4 - Sounds of Hindi and Devanagari Script (Consonants); Part 5 - Diacritics and Half-consonants; Part 6 - Socializing; Part 7 - Vocabulary; Part 8 - More vocabulary; Part 9 - Even more vocabulary and verbs; Part 10 - Verbs and prepositions; Part 11 - Bollywood song

Resources for Teaching and Learning Hindi
Part of Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs) resources links from Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) at University of Minnesota.

Hindi/Urdu Conversation Lessons on the Web at Syracuse University
These pages developed with support from the South Asia Center at Syracuse University. Materials for first and second year courses.

Hindi Program at Penn, by Surendra Gambhir
An audio course. Includes" Informal construction, Constants like 'ke','kar', Time expressions, Present participles, Hypothetical sentences, Compound postpositions, and 20 Rajar Karen Lessons.

Virtual Hindi
An online course with stories, videos, grammar and exercises.

Ukindia Learn to Read Hindi
Download Hindi Lessons 1-20 zip (500k) Introduction to alphabet, Hindi sounds online, etc.

UCLA Language Materials Project: Teaching Materials for Less Commonly Taught Languages - Hindi
Outstanding site for both online and published resources - not just for teachers. Select "Hindi," "All Materials," and "All Levels" for full display.

Learn HIndi - Web-LILA

Online teaching of Hindi at the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing in India. Web-LILA.

GLOSS/LingNet - Hindi
Product of Defense Language Institute: "All of the GLOSS lessons are categorized into one of three primary competencies: lexical (vocabulary), structure (grammar), and discourse (devices that bind texts, conversations, etc.). Additionally, all lessons address the socio-cultural competence through teacher notes and the like."

"LangNet is a language learning support system with interactive materials designed for those who want to practice and maintain their target language reading and listening skills." Currently, only available to government agencies and select academic institutions; however, rumor has it that it will soon be available to the general public. It should be: it is being paid for by your tax dollars!

Hindi Language Resources
Table of Contents includes: Fonts and Software, Language Tutorials and Teaching Aids, History and Relationship to other Languages, The Language, Literature and Songs, Trivia, Other Pages of Hindi Links. - Hindi
Large list of links to Hindi language and country/culture sites. Not all functional and not all freeshare.

I Love - Hindi
A few links to language and cultural websites.

Hindi Language Resources
Hindi resource site from Colorado State University

Wikipedia - Hindi Version
Goal of Hindi Wikipedia was to reach 100,000 articles by end of 2008.

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Online Dictionaries - Hindi
Large dictionary portal offers general and specialized online dictionaries

List of Dictionary links from Anukriti: Translating India. The idea of creating such a website was conceived by three institutions devoted to the development of Indian languages - Central Institute of Indian Languages (MHRD), Mysore, Sahitya Akademi and National Book Trust, New Delhi.

Multilingual Online HindiDictionary

Perhaps the best portal for online Hindi dictionaries. Scroll past ads to bottom of page for list!

Shabdkosh Hindi-English-Hindi Online Dictionary
Site provides an English to Hindi Dictionary as well as a Hindi to English Dictionary. You can search for English words or use the built-in keyboards to search Hindi words.

Digital Dictionaries of South Asia
From University of Chicago, links to several South Asian languages online dictionaries, including several Hindi and Urdu digital dictionaries.

Practical Hindi-English Online Dictionary
Online Caturvedi Dictionary from University of Chicago.

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Online Media and News

Kidon Media-Link: India
Links to Hindi and English online newspapers, magazines, TV and radio stations from this giant news. Includes links to portal. Included media sites in States and Union Territories. - India
Huge selection of online national newspapers - with some regional.

Voice of America - Hindi

Voice of America news broadcasting in target language. Also note: VOA’s Hindi Webcasts and RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds which allow you to receive news and information in the categories you choose. .

BBC news broadcasts in Hindi.

Deutsche Welle - Hindi News Service
"Deutsche Welle is Germany’s international broadcaster: online, on-screen and over the air. It provides a European perspective to audiences around the world and promotes intercultural dialogue."

TvRadioWorld - India
About: "TvRadioWorld is an informational directory dealing with radio and television broadcasters worldwide." Site allows you to bookmark favorite radio stations for listening.

Yahoo! News - India
Latest news in English from a variety of news sources.

SCOLA - Global Foreign Language Portal
SCOLA ia a leader in foreign language television news broadcasts. Schedule of broadcasts, insta-classes in some languages, and other useful information.

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History, Culture, Religion

Information on India
Deep link index to sites related to History, Religion, the Caste System, and more.

Wikipedia - History of India
Detailed online history with numerous hyperlinks to important events, personalities and places.

Introduction to Indian Culture
Articles, Frquently asked questions, and lots of links!

Wikipedia - Culture of India
Everything from Art and Architecture to Rugs and Sports. Lots of external links.

Asian Art
The online journal for the study and exhibition of the arts of Asia. Excellent links collection.

Wikipedia - Hinduism
Lead Wikipedia article on Hinduism with many links to additional articles.

Hinduism Homepage
Hindu cosmology, organization, religious life, worship, sacred literature, with a glossary, timeline and maps.

Sacred Texts of the Hinduism
English translations of the Vedas, Upanishads, Puranas, Other Primary Texts, Epics, Mahabharata, Ramayana, Bhagavad Gita, Vedanta, Later texts, and Modern books.

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Government and Politics

Governments on the WWW - India
Includes links to National Institutions and Government sites including President and most Ministries; Embassies in foreign countries, Political Parties, etc.

Political Resources on the Net - India
Listings of political sites available on the Internet sorted by country, with links to Parties, Organizations, Governments, Media and more from all around the world.

Foreign and International Law - India
From the Washburn University School of Law Library, links to country sites for Constitutional Law, Government and Politics, Law and Legislation, Legislative Bodies, etc.

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Country Studies

Wikipedia - India
Excellent online encyclopedia article covering geography, history, military, culture, etc. with links to Internet resources

India - A Country Study
Exceptionally detailed presentation from the Library of Congress. Includes sections on: Geography, Society, Economy, Government and Politics, Very Detailed History and Historical Development, Contemporary Trends, etc.

CIA World Factbook - India
Good resource site for information on Geography, People, Government, Economy, Communications, Transportation, Military, and Transnational Issues.

BBC News Country Profiles - India
Full profiles provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries; also biographic sketches of leaders, essay on media, and historic timelines. They also include audio and video clips from the BBC archives.

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Country Analyses

U.S. Department of State Background Notes - India
Background Notes are updated/revised as they are received from regional bureaus and are added to the database of the Department of State web site. Categories include: Geography, People, History, Government, Political Conditions, Economy, Defense, Foreign Relations, U.S. Relations, and Travel/Business.

International Monetary Fund - IndiaLatest developments in Peace and Security, Economic Development, Humanitarian Aid/Refugees, Environment/Shelter, Human Rights, Women/Children/Population, Health/Poverty/Food Security, Culture/Education.

The World Bank Group - India
WBG Activities in India, with additional related links.

The World Trade Organization - India (Member since 1995)
"The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world?s trading nations and ratified in their parliaments. The goal is to help producers of goods and services, exporters, and importers conduct their business."

Energy Information Administration Country Analysis Briefs - India
"The Energy Information Administration (EIA), created by Congress in 1977, the a statistical agency of the U.S. Department of Energy. We provide policy-independent data, forecasts, and analysis to promote sound policy making efficient markets and public understanding regarding energy and its interaction with the economy and environment."

World Health Organization - India
About WHO" "The World Health Organization, the United Nations specialized agency for health, was established on 7 April 1948. WHO's objective, as set out in its Constitution, is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health. Health is defined in WHO's Constitution as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."

International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies - India
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is the world's largest humanitarian organization, with 178 member National Societies.

Amnesty International - India
Amnesty International is a champion defender of human rights worldwide. Familiarity with a given country's human rights issues can provide a unique insight into many other aspects of its culture and politics.

Human Rights Watch - India
Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world.

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Travel Guides

Lonely Planet Destinations - India
The people at the offbeat Lonely Planet website are not your typical travel guides -- they're very bright and know what they're talking about. Their goal is not to "sell the country" to travelers. Instead, they tell it how it is. Typical headings include: "Warnings" (in case travel is not recommended - the "why's"); Facts for the Traveler, When to Go, Events, Money and Costs, Attractions, Off the Beaten Track, Activities, History, Culture, Environment, Getting There and Away, Getting Around, and Further Reading and Related Weblinks.

Wikitravel - India
Wikitravel - by the people, for the people. Wikitravel is a project to create a free, complete, up-to-date, and reliable world-wide travel guide.

Yahoo Travel Guide - India
Includes links to history, basics, transportation, dining, shopping and climate.

Google Directory - India
Includes links to cities, regions, transportation, dining, shopping and climate.

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