When taking a course or class to develop your Hindi-speaking skills, there are few better complements to your efforts than the plethora of language-learning podcasts available online. Whether you’re a complete newcomer to the language or a long-time secondary speaker looking to brush up on your grammar, there are podcasts out there to help you learn Hindi, wherever you are.
And the best part? Many of these resources are even free.
This list provides you with a basic overview of some of the most popular and readily-available podcasts for those seeking to learn Hindi, from beginners to advanced learners, with details as to what you can expect from each option.
If you have absolutely no knowledge of Hindi whatsoever, this is where you’re going to want to start, with these podcasts for beginners that break everything down to its simplest form, so you can hit the ground running with your new language-learning endeavor.
HindiPod101 is a good resource for learning Hindi if you’re a beginner, with its audio and visual resources that act as a supplement to your other language-learning efforts.
Two hosts use natural dialogue to explain key grammar points, vocabulary and more, with episodes generally around 10 minutes, each on a different topic and keeping both beginners’ and intermediate learners’ needs in mind.
There are lots of episodes to choose from and everything is free to try; however, for continual use, you’ll need to make an account with HindiPod101, which ranges from $8 to $47 per month. As you work your way through the episodes, from easier to more difficult concepts, less English is used, replaced with Hindi content you’ll have learned in earlier lessons.
LanguageReef offers 19 podcast episodes on basic Hindi language concepts. The podcasts are easy enough for even child users, so if you’re slightly intimidated about starting to learn Hindi, this might be a good place to begin.
There are episodes on the Hindi alphabet, vowels and consonants and more. The episodes also coach you through writing and photo resources are available as well. By the end of the podcast’s 19 episodes, it claims you’ll be able to write the Hindi alphabet and master Hindi script.
This podcast series, which is 18 episodes long, was designed to teach new learners the basics of Hindi vocabulary. While it was originally designed to be used along with a textbook, there’s absolutely no need to have a book at your disposal to find the podcast useful.
You’ll learn Hindi versions of common English words and expressions and the podcast shows you how to use the basic words in sentences and phrases. A few grammar concepts are covered, but the focus is primarily on speaking conversational Hindi.
This newer podcast is updated every week and aims to teach foundational, as well as intermediate Hindi. Each episode is indicated in the title whether it’s geared toward more beginner or intermediate learners.
The podcast is free, but supported by a Patreon account, which funds the weekly episodes. Rest assured that you’re in good hands when you download this podcast — the creators are a family of online Hindi teachers with decades of experience as educators and writers.
Perhaps you’re learning to speak Hindi elsewhere. Maybe you took a few classes at some point in your past. Whatever the case might be, you know the basics, but you didn’t get much further than that and now you’re looking to ramp up your knowledge of the Hindi language.
In that case, you’ll want to check out these few intermediate podcasts that are perfect for those who don’t want to be bored by the basics, but want to make sure they can still keep up with their lessons, without anything going over their heads.
This podcast only features a few episodes, and it hasn’t been updated in a few years, and while it’s not comprehensive, it is free and a nice complement for anyone learning Hindi elsewhere, which is why we’ve categorized Namaste Dosti as an intermediate resource.
Scripts for each lesson are available and episodes are also available as YouTube videos, in case you’re a visual learner and want to actually see the language being spoken as you learn. Lessons also incorporate a bit of Hindi culture.
So you’ve learned the basics in a formal setting? Now, take that knowledge and bring it into the real world, with a podcast course on modern Hindi speech, given in a Hindi-medium format.
The podcast concentrates on mainstream words and phrases, so you can increase your vocabulary so that it’s more suitable for everyday conversations. The podcast provides glossaries of each episode, so you can read along and they’re downloadable for future reference as well.
While this podcast is no longer being updated, it does have a whopping 123 episodes, meaning you have plenty of resources to choose from. The podcast teaches Hindi using Bollywood movies and songs, with Hindi-to-English translations available as an additional resource.
Studied Hindi for a good portion of your life? Want to make sure you don’t lose your knack for speaking this beautiful language? Then these podcasts might be a big help.
The SBS Radio Hindi program produces a podcast that takes interviews, features and community stories from its other productions, and puts them into one, easy-to-find format.
There’s at least one, new, short (under 15 minutes) episode each day, sometimes with multiple episodes each day. Episodes often include international news spoken in Hindi. Many advanced speakers find this podcast helpful, as they can listen to information on events they’re likely already familiar with, but in the Hindi language, making comprehension a little easier.
Similarly, BBC Hindi is produced by the BBC, and covers a range of news and cultural topics. It’s not only a great way to stay in tune with your Hindi-speaking skills, but the podcast also will inform you of the issues going on in the Hindi-speaking world.
No matter what level you’re currently at in learning to speak Hindi, you can find a free or affordable Hindi language-learning resource among those listed above.
Did we miss your favorite Hindi-learning podcast? Let us know in the comments below!
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