A Door into Hindi and Darvazah: Online tools to teach Hindi and Urdu

Feroz-TajA Door Into Hindi comprises tutorials on Hindi while Darvazah has chapters in Urdu. Each tool has 24 progressively advanced tutorials comprising videos, animations, jokes, each aimed at drawing the learner closer to the language. Each video lasts 15-20 minutes, while the accompanying text describes the grammar, synonyms, among other issues related to what was shown in the video.

The brains behind this initiative is Dr Afroz Taj, associate professor in the department of Asian studies at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, USA, came to the U.S. in 1981 as a student and stayed on to teach a host of courses related to South Asia. He has set up online Hindi and Urdu learning tools using the grant of one million dollars from the United States department of education, the first of its kind to promote a South Asian language in the U.S. Besides, he also anchors a radio show, Geet Bazaar, on Channel FM in North Carolina in a bid to perpetuate Indian culture.

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