Why study Hindi?

Hindi is the official language of the Republic of India and the most widely spoken language in South Asia. Hindi and India are rapidly growing in importance in our contemporary world with more and more content on the web, and with a growing consumer market in South Asia.

The Devanagari script of Hindi is used to write several other languages in South Asia, including Nepali, Marathi and Sanskrit. It is also very closely related to the scripts used to write Punjabi, Bengali, Gujarati, and Oriya among others.

Hindi is also the language of a long literary tradition, both in modern prose and poetry, as well as pre-modern secular and devotional poetry. One of the biggest film industries in the world is Bollywood. The ever-growing popularity of Hindi cinema inspires movie lovers to learn Hindi. The same can be said for Hindi television with its increasing popularity as well as reach. More non-Hindi speakers watch Hindi channels for news, soap operas and sitcoms. You too will be able to enjoy a wider variety of programming by learning Hindi. Furthermore, by learning Hindi, you also begin to learn some Urdu, since colloquial Urdu and Hindi, in their basic forms, are considered as the same language differing only by script used.

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