Elementary Hindi I

12-Week Online Course
(May 24 - Aug 12, 2022)

with Dr. Rajiv Ranjan


Enrollment will re-open in Spring 2023. 

Cutting-edge online Hindi curriculum 

Join Dr. Rajiv Ranjan, and a global cohort of students, for this unique opportunity to study and receive world-class training in modern Hindifrom the comfort of your own home. 

Three 12-week terms

  • HINDI 101 | Elementary Hindi I (May 23 - Aug 12, 2022)
  • HINDI 102 | Elementary Hindi II (Sep 19 - Dec 9, 2022)
  • HINDI 103 | Elementary Hindi III (Jan 9 - March 31, 2023)


This is the first of a three-term sequence of Elementary Hindi with Dr. Rajiv Ranjan. The focus of the course is to develop students’ linguistic (grammar and vocabulary), communicative (reading, writing, speaking, and listening), and cultural competence. The course will follow Dr. Ranjan's online textbook, Basic Hindi 1.

HINDI 101 aims to develop students’ proficiency up to the novice high or intermediate low level of the American Council on the Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL) proficiency scale. The pedagogical approach of this course will be primarily communicative, however, we will adopt various techniques to meet the learning styles of the students in a unique online learning environment.

By the end of the first term, students will have the foundational skills to read and write in basic Hindi, and to handle interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational modes of language communication along with cultural appropriateness in Hindi.

HINDI 101 will provide strong foundation for those wishing to continue their study of the language, travel and communicate in India, begin translation work, engage with Hindi-language films, and more!

Course Structure

  • Two 90-minute live lessons will be held per week on Zoom.
    • These live sessions will address all student questions, go over exercises and readings together, as well as personalize the learning experience with your Hindi teacher.
  • There will be weekly written homework, optional quizzes to test yourself, as well as a mid-term and a final.

  • The grading will be such that anyone who puts a regular solid effort into the weekly homework will pass; those aiming for a B or an A will also need to perform accordingly on the two exams.


Live Zoom Sessions for HINDI 101 (90 min)

May 23 - Aug 12, 2022

Tue/Thur @ 12-1:30pm Pacific (California)




Each HINDI course offers students: 

  • 24 Zoom live class sessions + recordings (90 min)
  • 5 YSACP Credits
  • Up to 36 Hours of CE credit with YA
  • Yogic Studies Certificate upon completion (PDF)
  • Access to the private Yogic Studies Online Community Forum

Your Instructor

Dr. Rajiv Ranjan is a professor of Hindi and Urdu language at Michigan State University. He received his PhD in Second Language Acquisition (SLA) from the University of Iowa in 2016. He has been teaching Hindi and Urdu languages in the U.S. since 2010. In addition to his classroom-teaching experience, Rajiv has also taught online at MSU and at Kean University. He taught an immersion program for the South Asia Summer Language Institute (SASLI) at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and he has also taught in a study abroad context for the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) in India.

Rajiv has published an Open Educational Resource (OER) Hindi textbook Basic Hindi I. Rajiv’s primary area of research is generative approaches to SLA. His research interests also include socio-cultural approaches to SLA, second language writing and speaking, language pedagogy, and morpho-syntax.

Enrollment is closed.

Sign up with one of the following tuition options:

Regular Tuition

$375 USD


• Lifetime access to HINDI 101


Regular Tuition

$125 X 3 USD


• Lifetime access to HINDI 101


Bundle Tuition



 Lifetime access to HINDI 101, 102, and 103. 

 Save $325+ by enrolling in all three terms up front!


Frequently Asked Questions

No! Students are not expected to have any background knowledge prior to study. That said, having some background study can only help, especially having some experience already with the Devanāgarī script. 

For this we recommend our SKT 100a | The Devanāgarī Seminar course as excellent for preparation. Students who register for HINDI 101 will receive a discount coupon for registering for SKT 100a. 

Not to worry! All live sessions will be recorded and posted to the course website within 12 hours. Students will have lifetime access to them. 

So while live attendance is strongly encouraged to get the most out of the course, you can still participate by watching the recordings. 

You are also encouraged to participate in the online Community forum, and have the opportunity to send questions in ahead of time, especially if you cannot attend live. 

No not necessarily. You are welcome to only register for a single course and see if the program is right for you, before committing to the full 9-month curriculum.


For this course we will be using the online textbook Basic Hindi 1 written by our instructor, Dr. Rajiv Ranjan. 

This is a free and open-access textbook that is available online and students will also be provided with a PDF. Additional resources and materials will also be provided. 

Dr. Ranjan will be utilizing a variety of pedagogical approaches to make Hindi learning fun and tangible for online students. 

Each week students will watch short lecture videos and complete exercises on their own. 

We will then gather twice a week on Zoom to discuss the grammatical material, go over questions, and further examples together. As Hindi is a modern and spoken language, there will also be a strong speaking/listening component. 

Unfortunately, the HINDI courses are NOT included in the YS Membership Program. The reason behind this is we need to open/close enrollment at set dates and create unique Hindi language cohorts to better serve the learning environment for both instructor and students. 

Yes! Upon completion of each HINDI course in the series, you will be eligible for an official Yogic Studies certificate of completion. 

Upon completion of the entire Elementary Hindi series, you will be eligible for an additional certificate. 

Each course also earns you 5 credits towards the Yogic Studies Advanced Certificate Program (YSACP)

If you have any further questions about the Hindi curriculum, please email us at [email protected] 


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