Learn to Read Hindi


Lesson 1


Hindi is spoken exactly as it is written so being a phonetic language it is very easy to learn to read .
Letters S, N , M , K and R This is the Hindi letter S as in Surf

and this is the letter N as in NuN.

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If we join them together we get the word , can you guess what it might be ?

Yes it is Sun !!


Lets look at more letters.
This is the letter K as in stucK-note all Hindi letters have a line on top and only the short sound is pronounced ..
The next two letters are M and N.

M as in MuM


N as in NuN


To make a word we just join the letters together again so that the top line becomes continuous for eg mn (mind)
Now look at these four letters again

S


K


M


N

Sit back visualise these in your mind and say them aloud.
.....S ,...........K , ............M. , ......and .........N
Now for a real tough test to see if you can read your first word in Hindi
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(nmk--pronounced as namuk -salt)
If you got it right -well done . Award yourself a brownie point. Now learn another letter making the R sound as in Rum.
Lets read another word - to do - kr - .
Remember the five letters we have learnt

S

K

...

M

..

N

.. and

R

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Visualise all five again

...S, .........K , ............M. , ...........N ....and R....


Whats this word -die - .. yes it mr (murr) .

and this one ?

.....rm (Rum) and this is ....rn (Run)


Now see if you can read your first sentence in Hindi

...nmk km kr (namak kam kar) --- salt less do i.e. make it less salty!


Well done.

As a test see if you can match the follwoing words Sir , Run , Rum , Rusk , Musk ,. 1 point for each correct answer.

Answers Rusk .... Run... Sir .... Musk ... Rum


Many readers have pointed out that in the words in this lesson eg Sun the letter S is only half pronounced and should be written in its half form

That is true and we will introduce half letters in a future lesson.
In the meantime for the time being just revise the above lesson as it is written.
You have come to the end of Lesson 1.
Go over it again and again


Next we introduce the vowels in Lesson 2

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