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Hindi 4


Admission Requirements

Successful completion of Hindi 3 or equivalent level of one year of Hindi language training (please contact Dr. A. Avtans for an assessment if you did not take Hindi 3).


Further development of Hindi language skills acquired in Hindi 3. The course systematically expands vocabulary, grammar and language structures, leading to a deeper comprehension of style and usage. It focuses on language skills (speaking and writing) and performing more complex tasks such as comparing, narrating, describing, reasoning, and discussing topics beyond the immediate environment. Translation exercises involving more complex sentences. Language of the class will be maximally Hindi.

Course Objectives

  • Ability to contextualize grammar skills acquired in Hindi 3 in speaking and writing.

  • Introduction to higher level of structural complexity of Hindi and finer details of language use.

  • Competence in comprehension of simple literary texts, carry out conversations in various social situations, and express views on topics of interest in contemporary standard Hindi idiom.

  • Extended Knowledge of Hindi vocabulary.

  • Ability to express oneself in writing through simple letters or descriptions.

  • Apply this knowledge in translating sentences From English/Dutch to Hindi or vice versa.


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Mode of Instruction

For this seminar attendance and participation is required. Classes missed for a good reason (to the discretion of the conveners and to be discussed BEFORE the class takes place) will have to be made up with an extra assignment.

Assessment Method

Assesment of Hindi 4 will consist of following components:
Attendance, Class preparation and participation – 10 % of final grade
Homework and assignments – 20 % of final grade
Projects (2 Projects) – 20 % of final grade
Quizzes (2 quizzes) – 20 % of final grade
Term End Oral Exam – 15% of final grade
Term End Written Exam – 15 % of final grade

Re-sit: Only term end written and oral exams can be retaken if a student scores an overall inefficient grade (i.e less than 6) in the course. The total weight for term end written and oral exam is 30 % of the final grade.


Blackboard is the primary means of communication between the teacher and studentsoutside the formal lecture meetings. All class handouts will be available through Blackboard also.



  1. R. Snell with S. Weightman, Teach Yourself Hindi, London: Hodder, 2nd (2000) or later edition, available in bookstores
    1. Usha Jain with Karine Schomer, Intermediate Hindi Reader, Berkley, CSAS, 1999


  1. R.S. McGregor, The Oxford Hindi English Dictionary, New York, Oxford University Press, 2002
    1. Camil Bulcke, English-Hindi Dictionary, Delhi, S. Chand Publications, 1998
    2. Hardev Bahri, Rajpal Hindi Shabdakosh, Delhi, Rajpal Publications, 2011

This literature does not need to be studied beforehand.


Registration through uSis.

Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply.
For registration as contractstudent see Studiepunt Geesteswetenschappen


Dr. A. Avtans