Hindi is spoken by more than 360 million people in the world and is one of the official languages of India which is projected to be the most populous country in the world by 2030. Lead by young dynamic groups of people who are going to be an economic powerhouse, the Indian Diaspora is the largest and most significant Diaspora in the world today. With historic settlements in almost every country, successive waves of migrations are holding top ranking post in almost all major multinational conglomerates.
Being one of the oldest languages in the world, Hindi opens you up to experience the fabulous culture of the Hindi speaking people. You are fully able to immerse yourself in a culture which dates back 5000 years. From Classics like the Mahabharata and Ramayana which echo throughout all of Asia and the teachings of Prince Siddharth which are followed across the globe, Indian culture and history has contributed immensely to spiritual growth in the world. Knowing the cultural allows you to understand and appreciate the culinary delights of Indian food in an entirely new light allowing you to know the history behind food like kebabs and Tandoori Chicken.
The Devanagari script of Hindi is employed to write several other languages in South Asia, including Nepali, Marathi, and Sanskrit. Learning Hindi also allows you to understand Urdu. Hindi is enjoyable and easy to learn. It is an extremely methodical and precise rendering of the phonetics of the language.
And how can we forget about Bollywood, the Shahrukh, the Salmans and the Deepikas... who have become household names .The experience of Hindi cinema, would not be complete without Hindi.
For more information, please contact Hindi language coordinator at Hindi@ntu.edu.sg