Beginning Hindi-Urdu I

I.     Course Prefix/Number: HUD 101

       Course Name: Beginning Hindi-Urdu I

       Credits: 4 (4 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course develops basic language skills in Hindi and Urdu within the context of the cultures of South Asia.  Though written in different scripts and now associated with different countries and religions (India and Hinduism, and Pakistan and Islam respectively) Hindi and Urdu are essentially the same language and taught as one in this course. Especially at the informal level, the two languages are virtually interchangeable. Content includes pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, reading, listening comprehension and oral and written communication.  No prior study of the language is presumed. Recommended that experienced students discuss proper placement with instructor.

IV.   Learning Objectives

1.    To actively communicate in Hindi-Urdu, making spontaneous use of structures and vocabulary studied.
2.    To demonstrate an appreciation of contemporary South Asian culture through written and aural class work.
3.    To demonstrate spoken Hindi-Urdu in everyday contexts through responding to simple basic questions.
4.    To illustrate reading comprehension through answering relevant questions on uncomplicated selections.
5.    To use elements of beginning grammar through short listening, spoken, and written exercises.
6.    To write simple sentences (in Hindi) within the context of what has been studied.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

In the first semester we will focus on grammar and vocabulary in the Hindi Script. The Urdu script will be introduced at the end of the second semester.

Week 1      nouns: masculine/feminine
                 the verb “to be”
                 What is this?
Week 2    question words
               possessives: talking about family
               plurals and case
Week 3    numbers 1-10
               forms of address
               verbs: imperatives

Week 4    possessive postpositions
               compound postpositions

Week 5    the cahie construction: “I want”
              use of vala
              past tense of hona, ‘to be’

Week 6    comparatives
              present habitual tense
              ‘how’ as adverb       

Week 7   expressions of time/days of the week
              the infinitive as noun
              ordinal numbers

Week 8    past habitual tense
               place-related adjectives
               reflexive pronoun apna

Week 9    present continuous tense
               the verb bajna and “o’clock”
               conjuct verbs “to wait for”
               the emphatic particle hi
Week 10    past continuous tense
                the pronoun kuch, ‘something’
Week 11    use of the postposition ko
                Indefinite pronouns and adjectives: koi, kisi and kuch   
Week 12    the verb cahna, to want
                the verb milna (se), to meet
                dilcaspi, to be interested in

Week 13    cahie with nouns (‘to want’) and verbs (‘should’)

Week 14    perfective tense (intransitive verbs)
Week 15    perfective tense (transitive verbs)
                present and past perfect

Week 16    Final exam

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Class time will be devoted to practice, in large and small groups, with structures, expressions, and vocabulary in the context of everyday functions.  Students are expected to have studied segments of the text assigned in the syllabus prior to class, in order to be able to participate as fully as possible.  Workbook exercises provide additional practice in reading and writing.   

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

1.   Attend class regularly.
2.   Do assigned preparation in time for class: the students will read the text's explanations in order to be prepared for the drills and exercises included in each of the topic units detailed in section V.
3.   Accompanying written exercises in the workbook must be submitted to the instructor on the date specified in the syllabus.
4.   Listen to laboratory tapes at least two hours per week, and submit lab exercises on the date specified in the syllabus.
5.   Take the quizzes and the exams.  They will include a mix of speaking, listening, reading, and writing elements.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Text: Instructors use the following text:

Beginning Hindi-Urdu (Hindi Script), by Virendra Singh and Margaret Robinson.  Center for South Asia, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2000.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Final grade is based on exams, quizzes, workbook and lab assignments, and attendance.

XI.   Other Course Information

In this section, each instructor should specify policies on attendance, make-up
exams, and late assignments.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.