HINDI-URDU WEBSITES AND SOFTWARE
Anki is a free flashcard program that automatically presents flashcards at a frequency based on how well you know each card. The program also periodically reviews cards you’ve successfully learned. This should greatly improve your efficiency in vocabulary memorization. The program is compatible with Mac and PC and can also be used on smartphones. You can download shareware vocabulary cards organized by chapter for Snell’s Teach Yourself Hindi as well and some more advanced Hindi vocabulary for newspaper reading as well as vocab for many other languages. Or you can add your own cards. Anki is not the most user-friendly program, but it’s O.K. once you get the hang of it. Check out the manual if you have questions.
BBC Hindi, written and recorded Hindi news.
Google Translate offers fairly reliable Hindi and Urdu online dictionaries (however, the best dictionaries are still in printed book form), and because you can type words in transliteration, it’s relatively quick and easy.
Hindi Urdu Flagship has numerous learning tools for Hindi and Urdu, including supplemental materials for Rupert Snell’s book Teach Yourself Hindi, which is the book I most often use in my classes. There are also mostly intermediate-level videos and listening comprehension recordings.
At Smriti, you can look up lyrics, in Hindi script or in transliteration, for many Bollywood songs.
Shantaram, by Gregory David Roberts, is one of the best portrayals I’ve seen of what it’s like lose the tourist trail completely in India. Also this may be the best page-turner since Wilkie Collins’ The Woman in White.
Our Delhi Struggle, a great blog on what it’s like to visit or move to Delhi, and much more thoughtful and insightful than the book that was published afterwards based on some of the same material.
Some striking photos of India from Boston.com
other useful websites
Carla Levy, a member of our Boston Hindi meetup group, writes informative and unique reviews of Indian films, from the perspective of a Hindi speaker of non-Indian heritage. You can read her reviews on her Filmigeek blog, and you can also see some of her reviews by in Outlook India, which she has been writing for over the last several years.
India Mike is a great place to get travel info on India, including where to study Hindi and Urdu. You can post specific travel questions and get knowledgeable answers quickly in many cases.