Hindi is the official language of India--as well as outside of India, Hindi speakers can be found in the USA, Canada, UK, Malaysia, Nepal, Fiji, Singapore, South Africa, Uganda,Yemen, and many more countries where Indians have made their home.

Hindi is a very expressive language. It is the language of a rich literary tradition, both in modern poetry and prose, as well as pre- modern secular and devotional poetry. Hindi is an emotional language boasting a strong tradition of short stories, social novels, devotional poetry, philosophical treatises, critical essays, and Sufi and romantic songs.

Hindi vocabulary is very large and, particularly when it comes to modern terms, it may derive many words from other languages. It is also ranked as one of the easiest and most logical languages to read, write, and speak.

The first year Hindi program at SMU teaches students all of the basic grammatical fundamentals to prepare them for basic conversational skills and to provide knowledge of the structure of the Hindi language while learning to write and read. After one year of learning Hindi, you can make an interesting trip to different parts of India; understand the Indian culture and social system- Religions, festivals, yoga, dance, architecture, family structure, marriage, food, and custom differ from place to place within the country.

We use the latest textbook, Namaste jii, an elementary Hindi book which is the first full color and hard bound elementary Hindi book created in America for students that offers Hindi materials as described in the standard for foreign language learning in the 21st century by the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Each unit has lessons covering the five C’s (communication, culture, connection, comparison, and community) and systematically advances learners towards the mastery of reading, writing, and conversational skills. Although experiences are included in the book, there is a CD contenting a workbook that has rigorous exercises for each lesson, conversation, and reading practice exercises in real audio.