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Learning the Language in India

India's most widely spoken language is Hindi. However, each state has its own language. There are 22 official recognised languages and almost 30 widely spoken languages in India. It's important to know which languages are spoken where, and it's even better if you can learn a few words.

Top 5 Hindi Language Books
Whether you simply want to learn some useful Hindi phrases, or you're more serious about studying Hindi, there are plenty of books to help you. These are the 5 best Hindi language books for learning Hindi at all levels.

5 Common but Often Confusing Hindi Words
In the Hindi language, some words are commonly used in a number of different ways, or used in ways that dont reflect their literal meaning. Here are five popular Hindi words that youll often hear, but may be confused as to what they actually mean or the context theyre used in.

6 Different Meanings of the Word "Accha" in Hindi
"Accha" (pronounced ah-cha) is a versatile word that you’ll hear used often and in a variety of different ways. It takes on a number of meanings, depending on the intonation it’s given and where it’s positioned in a sentence. If you only learn one word of Hindi, make sure it’s this one!

Indian Languages Primer
This is a very useful list of common words, phrases and sentences in major Indian languages - Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada.

Review : Lonely Planet Hindi, Urdu & Bengali Phrase Book
This phrase book is probably the best one of its kind available. It's invaluable for travel to India.

Review : Colloquial Hindi by Tej K. Bhatia
This is the perfect book for beginners interested in learning to speak or write Hindi.

Review : Teach Yourself Hindi by Rupert Snell
This is an excellent and comprehensive resource for anyone wanting to learn how to both speak and read Hindi. However, those only interested in speaking Hindi would be better off choosing a different book.

On-Line Hindi Lessons
This is a great free on-line Hindi tutorial, with nine lessons that provide a basic introduction to Hindi.

I'm Lovin it: Street English in India
This entertaining article takes a look at the use of English in India and provides some examples of the strange kind of English you can expect to come across. It's all very accurate!

Review of Essential Hindi Words and Phrases for Travelers to India
One of the newest Hindi language books to be released is Essential Hindi Words And Phrases For Travelers To India by Shalu Sharma.

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