Hindi Language Blog

Tag Archives: devanagari

Writing Hindi: Devanagari or Roman Script? Posted by on Mar 29, 2022

School children in India learn सीखना Hindi from scratch. Walk near a Hindi medium school and you will hear chants मंत्र of ‘a’ ‘aa’ ‘e’ ‘ee’ ‘oo’ ‘ooo’ etc. These are the vowels. Then you will hear them chanting out the consonants.  If you were to peek तिरछी inside the classroom you would see a…

Continue Reading

Devanagari or English Hindi? Posted by on Jul 30, 2021

Thought clouds

I recently had to evaluate मूल्यांकन करना a written sample in Hindi. When I opened up the document दस्तावेज़, it was Hindi alright but written in English. How was I to score it? Well, I scored it on grammar व्याकरण but could not on writing. Sounds odd अजीब doesn’t it? This is not the…

Continue Reading

The Evolution of Hindi Numerals Posted by on Jul 20, 2019

What many refer to as “Arabic numerals,” (अंक/ank=numeral) actually have their origin (मूल/mool) in the Indian subcontinent, from whence they eventually spread to Persia and the Arab world. Although modern Arabic numerals (i.e., 1, 2, 3, etc.) are in common use throughout India today, it is useful to learn their forms in Devanagari as you…

Continue Reading

Devanagari (देवनागरी) Posted by on Mar 5, 2009

Namaste (नमस्ते)! This is my first post of the year and the fact is, I am so excited to share my knowledge of the Hindi language and culture with all of you. I thought it would be fitting to introduce a common Hindi greeting that you might have heard before.  Namaste (नमस्ते) literally means I bow to you. …

Continue Reading