How to Learn Hindi Faster Than I Did! Full Guide

Do you want to learn Hindi faster?

Struggle with Hindi pronunciation? Genders? Word order?

Want to know how to learn Hindi properly?

Learning Hindi has been a long journey for me – too long. I wrote these posts to simply help you learn Hindi faster than I did. I want you to avoid all the difficulties I went through learning Hindi as an English speaker.

Scroll down to the table of contents to start.

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Karl Rock Day 1 Studying Urdu at Earth Diverse with Todd
Here I am studying with my teacher, Todd Nachowitz.

Hindi is a tough language for English speakers; there’s no “fluent in 30 days” here. Whether you’re a beginner or more advanced, this is the perfect starting point for accelerating your Hindi learning and avoiding the stress I went through with its complexity.

Here’s a little look at how I learnt Urdu writing. Urdu is a sister language of Hindi. The biggest difference is simply that it’s written in a different script to Hindi. All of the advice in this guide is applicable to Urdu too because spoken, they’re very similar.

How to Learn Hindi Faster Than I Did Table of Contents

Learn Hindi Faster Than I Did cover

Introduction

The Keys to Learning Hindi

First, forget expensive products like Rosetta Stone or Pimsleur Hindi. I’ve used both of these, and their Hindi courses teach you Hindi that no one in India speaks. It’s not colloquial; it’s not how locals talk.

Both products teach you extremely formal Hindi that people will laugh at, and sometimes, I’ve found them teaching incorrect direct English translations in Hindi.

In these posts, I’ll show you where to start and recommend resources that I know work.

  1. Learn to Read First!
  2. Learning to Speak
  3. Daily Practice and Get a Hindi Guru
  4. Real-World Practice, Every Day!
  5. Grammar & Vocabulary Dairy

Overcoming the 5 Challenges of Hindi

  1. Pronunciation of Retroflex and Dental Letters
  2. Pronunciation of Aspirated Letters
  3. How to Learn the Alphabet
  4. Gendered Nouns
  5. Word Order

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Afterword

It took me many years to get to the proficiency that you see in my YouTube videos.

I look back and wish I’d taken it more seriously and kept up with daily practice, but that’s what it’s like with language learning. Unless you can go to a language school and study a language 24/7, you will have times of inactivity and slow progress.

But what I’ve found is that you don’t quickly forget a language! I can still remember the few Hindi words my friends taught me at my after-school supermarket job when I was 16.

Now that I’ve shared with you my language-learning secrets and the roadblocks I’ve overcome to learn Hindi, I’m confident that you will learn Hindi faster than I did!

I can’t reiterate the importance of daily practice enough. So, schedule 1 hour a day to study Hindi and put into practice the recommendations to overcome the unique challenges of Hindi. And don’t stop. You’re on the right path.

जय हिन्द, कार्ल रॉक

If my content has helped you, please leave a comment. Thank you, and best of luck with your studies.

22 replies on “How to Learn Hindi Faster Than I Did! Full Guide”

I am addicted to all your Utube videos. Especially the ones with your beautiful wife in them. Please be safe. And continue filming

Hello Karl, So happy to find you and amazing wife (Wow! Love her!)…We want to learn Hindi and wonder if you are teaching? or can you recommend someone to us? We are in Goa.

Hi Marci,
I teach Hindi Spoken and written as well.
I have many students in for learning Hindi in UK,US and Singapore.
Whatsapp me on +91 9820120085 for details.

Lovely!!!! I am a Brazilian with first Language Portuguese, living in Mumbai speaking in English for almost 6 years, still learning but now I want to learn Hindi also, since I have a 4 yo son with my Indian husband, and we are living here permanently… Finally getting courage for this heheheh

Amazing Person, Amazing Videos , your videos are addictive , funny and informative. You are doing a great Seva to humanity by doing what you do , it was my dream to do what you do and travel (don’t worry I will get there) but thank you and Manisha for showing us anything is possible if you are willing ,able and determined , hope to run into you on the streets either in NZ or India , Karl Rock Zindabad , Keep at it bro Much Love From South Africa

I have travelled many places in India I love India
I was married to a Gujurati guy but only for 2 years sadly..
I have been learning Hindi 1 year but struggle a lot..
I will buy your book and hopefully it will help.
I like ur videos..
Kerala is my favourite place.
Rose 🙂🙏

Hi, i am in united States and i just started learning hindi. I only found 2 people so far that owns stores here. I go in every week to speak with the females mostly. Im female. So hopfully soon i can make friends. Its hard to learn without a hindi speaking friend. Its a cool language. Shelly g

hey,Karl ,it was so nice to see your vlog . Im from China, and I have been to India many times, just like you, I love this incredible country.
To be honest, studying Hindi was not my first option, I always felt that why so if I could communicate with Indian friends with English. I got injured one month ago ,can’t really walk, need to rest for half a year, and my Indian friend sent me a link that he was teaching Hindi right now , then I decided to join him right away. I do have plenty of time now , and I want to learn a new language after studying Japanese and French. Now its been half a month since I start to learn Hindi, it is hard but also interesting, very very interesting.

Hi Karl, just wondering what your thoughts on Duolingo are.
I used it for a few months to learn Hindi but from what i have seen, it is seriously flawed and very confusing.
One example of that is “kutta” & “kutti”. From what i have been told by native Hindi speakers is that “kutta” refers to a male dog, and “kutti” is a female dog. But on Duolingo it uses “kutti” as plural, “bada kutta”(big dog), and “badi kutti”(big dog’s???).
Is what i have been told correct and Duolingo incorrect ?
And are any of these apps any good for learning Hindi or just a waste of money ?

Love your vids btw.

Hey Dan! I really like Duolingo for practice. It’s just a nice and easy app which gamify’s language learning. Like you said, grammar isn’t its strong point. I think it purposefully doesn’t teach grammar. But it should because some Hindi grammar is different from English – like plurals. I’d recommend reading an article of plurals in Hindi; it’ll help you understand.

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