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Hindi: A Spoken Thesaurus

Hindi Urdu Flagship, University of Texas at Austin

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Which word is the best fit for a particular meaning and context? How do I express everyday ideas in colloquial language, avoiding the bookish style found in dictionaries? What’s the actual difference in meaning between the ‘synonyms’ that dictionaries offer? How do I build up phrases and sentences around a particular word? The Hindi Thesaurus addresses such questions in a series of lively, unscripted Hindi-medium conversations about groups of words of related meaning. Concentrating on select ...
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Hindi: Glossaries Alive!

Hindi Urdu Flagship, University of Texas at Austin

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This series is designed to help you learn the basic vocabulary of Hindi. It is based on the vocabulary introduced in Teach Yourself Hindi; but can be used independently of any book, and should be useful for anyone beginning to learn Hindi. We give the Hindi equivalents for common English words and expressions, show how they can be used in context, and drill some of them. The idea is simply to make the words come alive as you hear them pronounced; you’ll also pick up some useful phrases, and ...
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As part of a week-long celebration of the centenary of Urdu writer Saadat Hasan Manto, The Hindi Urdu Flagship at the University of Texas at Austin hosted a series of lectures by the renowned Urdu critic and historian, Shamim Hanfi. In this informal talk, Hanfi discusses some interesting moments in the complicated history of Urdu and Hindi. Hanfi i…
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The Hindi Urdu Flagship hosts this fascinating exploration of Quranic Exegesis and the development of Urdu by the renowned historian, Mehr Farooqi. Farooqi is Assistant Professor of Urdu at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville. “The Secret of Letters: Chronograms in Urdu Literary Culture,” which appeared in Edebiyat: The Journal of Middle …
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Renowned Urdu satirist, Mujtaba Hussain, reads selections from his extensive catalog of Urdu journalism and humor to an audience composed of Hindi Urdu Flagship students and the wider South Asian studies community at UT Austin. The recording should be wonderful listening comprehension practice for intermediate to advanced students of Urdu and/or Hi…
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The Hindi Urdu Flagship’s Jishnu Shankar recently sat down with well-known Hindi writer and actress Susham Bedi to discuss her journey into a life of Hindi letters. In the interview, Bedi describes her childhood and adolescence in India, her acting career, and some sources of inspiration for her most famous stories. The conversation is wonderful li…
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HUF director Rupert Snell recently interviewed Rajesh Kumar, an experienced Hindi teacher who has taught in a wide variety of settings. Topics discussed include Kumar’s childhood and education, his work in India, and his experience teaching Hindi in Russia. The interview should provide excellent listening comprehension practice for intermediate Hin…
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As part of the Hindi Urdu Flagship’s Kabir festival, renowned folk-singer Prahlad Singh Tipanya sat down with HUF Director Rupert Snell and HUF Senior Lecturer Jishnu Shankar to discuss the life of a modern-day Kabir performer. Tipanya’s rare talent, passion, and insight have caused him to be increasingly recognized as a remarkable exponent of Kabi…
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As part of his visit to the Hindi Urdu Flagship, Bollywood lyricist and script writer Ali Husain Mir sat down with HUF associate director Syed Akbar Hyder and former HUF director Herman van Olphen to discuss his background in Urdu and the state of the language in modern India. The interview should provide good listening comprehension practice for i…
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In this fascinating talk, Hindi Urdu Flagship Director, Rupert Snell, presents his recent work on the diverse genre of autobiographical writing in Hindi. The talk, entitled Autobiography is Another Story: “Lives” in Hindi, features audio recordings of a number of Hindi Urdu Flagship students and faculty reading from a wide variety of Hindi autobiog…
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Ali Asani, professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic religion and cultures at Harvard University describes the modern Sufi rock phenomenon epitomized by Salman Ahmad and his band Junoon. Asani outlines Ahmad’s personal musical, religious, and political journey and attempted to place Sufi rock in the broader tradition of Muslim devotional literature. A n…
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As part of its festival celebrating the living tradition of song and performance dedicated to the poet Kabir, HUF hosts a live musical performance by an acclaimed traditional Kabir folk ensemble led by Prahlad Singh Tipanya. Tipanya sings and plays the tambura, a five-stringed plucked and strummed instrument originally from Rajasthan, and kartal a …
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As part of its festival celebrating the living tradition of song and performance dedicated to the poet Kabir, HUF hosts a live musical performance by an acclaimed traditional Kabir folk ensemble led by Prahlad Singh Tipanya. Tipanya sings and plays the tambura, a five-stringed plucked and strummed instrument originally from Rajasthan, and kartal a …
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As part of his visit to the Hindi Urdu Flagship, eminent Hindi scholar Harish Trivedi conducts a roundtable discussion on issues of Hindi-Urdu translation with a diverse set of students and faculty. This second half of the discussion focuses on a stanza from the Kavitavali of Tulsidas and a mystery piece provided by Trivedi. The first half (feature…
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As part of his visit to the Hindi Urdu Flagship, eminent Hindi scholar Harish Trivedi conducts a roundtable discussion on issues of Hindi-Urdu translation with a diverse set of students and faculty. This first half of the discussion focuses on the opening paragraphs of Premchand’s Rangbhumi. The second half (featured in a separate podcast episode) …
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