Why Study Hindi?
Hindi is the fourth most commonly spoken language in the world after Mandarin Chinese, English and Spanish. Hindi is the official language of the Republic of India (along with English) and the most widely spoken language in South Asia. As India is now projected to overtake China as the most populous nation in the world by 2030, the number of Hindi speakers will continue to rise.
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. In more recent times Hindi has become a dominant language of modern media, such as cinema in India and much of the content on television. India produces more films than any other country in the world, and made over 1800 films in 2018.
Finally, as more companies grow and expand into India, there will be multiple opportunities for university graduates to live and work in India. Hindi will be a very useful tool for adjusting and adapting to a globalizing world with India as one of its centers. This course is perfect for students interested in studying on the ground in Mumbai, India, during Notre Dame’s India Studies summer program, or for students considering the Global Professional Experience in India..
Fall 2021 Courses
In the Fall of 2021, the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures (CSLC) is offering students the exciting opportunity to learn about a language and culture that is swiftly growing in importance on the world scale. Two courses will be offered to undergraduate and graduate students in the Fall: Beginning Hindi I and Beginning Hindi II.
Amrita Sharma, a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant, is coming to Notre Dame from India to teach Hindi as a native speaker to Notre Dame students. She will not only teach the language, but also give students the special opportunity to learn about the culture and traditions of India through lectures and events about India.
The CSLC also offers language tutoring, language tables and cultural conversations for Hindi. For more information about classes and events in Hindi and other Less Commonly Taught Languages, visit https://cslc.nd.edu/services/lctl/.