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Hindi 3


Admission Requirements

Having successfully finished 5481K2HI Hindi 2. Please, contact the student advisor, Nicole A.N.M. van Os or Dr. A. Avtans , if you are interested in taking this course, but do NOT fulfill the abovementioned requirement.


Further development of Hindi language skills acquired in the 1st year to intermediate level. 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.

Course Objectives

  • Ability to contextualize grammar skills acquired in the first year of Hindi instruction.

  • 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.



Mode of Instruction


Course Load

  • Seminar – 2 hours 2 times a week: 2 X 2 X 13 = 52 hours

  • Homework & Assignment – 6 hours per week : 6 × 12 = 72 hours

  • Listening, speaking, writing & reading practice at home – 6 hours per week : 6 × 13 = 78 hours

  • Preparation for quizzes – 6 hours for each quiz: 6 × 4 = 24 hours

  • Projects – 15 hours for each project : 15 X 2 = 30 hours

  • Preparation for Final exams – 12 hours for each exam = 12 X 2 = 24 hours
    Total Study load – 280 hours

Assessment Method

Review of Hindi 3 will consist of following components:

  • Attendance, Class preparation and participation: 10% of final grade

  • Homework and assignments: 10% of final grade

  • Quizzes (4 quizzes): 30% of final grade

  • Projects (2 projects): 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. In that case 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 students outside the classroom. All learning materials will be also available through Blackboard.
Students are requested to register on Blackboard for this course.


Course Materials (will be provided by the teacher in class)

  • Rupert Snell & Simon Weightman, Complete Hindi, Hodder, 2010


  • R.S. McGregor, The Oxford Hindi English Dictionary, New York, Oxford University Press, 2002

  • Camil Bulcke, English-Hindi Dictionary, Delhi, S. Chand Publications, 1998

  • Hardev Bahri, Rajpal Hindi Shabdakosh, Delhi, Rajpal Publications, 2011


Students are requested to register through uSis, the registration system of Leiden University for this course. General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch.

Registration Contractonderwijs



Dr. A. Avtans


For this course attendance and participation is essential. 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.
As per University rules up to 20% of total classes can only be missed, if it goes beyond that it will reflect upon your final grades.