Hindi-Urdu

The Hindi-Urdu Language Program offers comprehensive instruction in Hindi and Urdu together from the beginner’s level. Hindi, written in the Devanagari script is the official language of the Republic of India. Urdu, written in a modified form of the Perso-Arabic script called Nastaliq, is the official language of Pakistan. In their most basic spoken form, Hindi and Urdu are mutually intelligible, particularly in urban centers in north India. Learning both Hindi and Urdu together ultimately gives students the ability to interact with close to 500 million people in South Asia as well as the opportunity to explore both secular and devotional literary traditions that go back to at least the sixteenth century, and even enjoy modern media such as Bollywood movies and television soap operas, which form an important part of the lives of many in contemporary India and Pakistan.

Students who complete at least one year of study in Hindi-Urdu may apply to the intensive summer language programs run by the American Institute of Indian Studies in Lucknow (Urdu) and Jaipur (Hindi).  Additionally, the South Asia Institute offers summer grants for students wishing to undertake research or internships in India.
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Hindi-Urdu 101B Introductory Hindi-Urdu
Instructor: Richard Delacy; M-Th, 3:00-4:15 (Indivisible)
Instructor: Hajnalka Kovacs; M-Th, 10:30-11:30 (Indivisible)

An Introduction to the modern standard form of the most widely spoken language in South Asia, Hindi-Urdu. Students are introduced to both writing systems: the Devanagari script of Hindi and the Nastaliq script of Urdu. The basic grammatical structures are presented and reinforced, and students are also exposed to the cultural and historical context in which Hindi-Urdu has existed over several centuries. The course also draws from the modern medium of film, in particular recent Bollywood songs, to reinforce structures and vocabulary.

Hindi-Urdu 102B Intermediate Hindi-Urdu
Instructor: Richard Delacy; M-Th, 4:30-5:45 (Indivisible)
Continuation of Hindi-Urdu 101. Emphasis on written expression and texts in both Perso-Arabic and Devanagari script systems. Students are introduced to Hindi-Urdu fables, short stories, and various other genres of literature, including poetry.

Hindi-Urdu 103BR Advanced Hindi-Urdu
Instructor: Hajnalka Kovacs; T/Th, 3:00-4:15 on T, 3:00-5:45 on Th (continuation of Hindi-Urdu 103A)
Continuation of Hindi-Urdu 102; covers topics in advanced grammar; designed to improve proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

Hindi-Urdu 104 Classical Urdu Ghazal and its Symbolism
Instructor: Hajnalka Kovacs; W, 3:00-5:45 (Spring)
A survey of the popular literary genre including selections from poets such as Wali Dakkani, Siraj Aurangabadi, Mir Dard, Haidar Ali Atish, Mirza Ghalib, and others. Special attention to religious and mystical symbolism.

Hindi-Urdu 105R Topics in Hindi-Urdu Literature
Instructors: Ali S. Asani, Richard Delacy, and Hajnalka Kovacs; Individual meeting times
Individual reading course. A course for students with native or near-native proficiency with readings in a variety of genres from Hindi and/or Urdu literature based on student interest.

Hindi-Urdu 123 Bollywood and Beyond: Commercial Cinema, Language and Culture in South Asia
Instructor: Richard Delacy; W, 12:00-2:45 (Fall)
This course examines concepts of personhood, community and culture in South Asia as expressed in contemporary film and literature. Works in Hindi-Urdu and in translation will be examined with emphasis on language as an index of cultural difference and of broad social shifts, notably the transformation of audiences from citizens to culture-consumers. Knowledge of Hindi-Urdu is not required. However, there will be a section for students with intermediate proficiency utilizing language materials.