As you’ve probably noticed, Hindi uses an entirely different script than English. English uses Latin script (which is commonly used in European languages), while Hindi uses Devanagari script (used by Nepali, Marathi, and more).

Devanagari Script is surprisingly easy to learn, and shouldn’t take the average learner more than a week. Luckily, if you know the english alphabet (latin script), most letters have a hindi equivalent (with a few minor differences).

It’s always a great feeling once you fully know the alphabet and can read any word (even if you don’t know the translation). That’s why it kind of becomes a two step process at first, going from नमस्ते to namaste to hello. Once you getting better with the alphabet, it will become more of a normal one step translation process.

Funny enough, you’ll notice a lot of native Hindi speakers will use the latin alphabet.

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I’m going to link to this resource… a lot. The creator of the blog, George, goes through each letter one by one, giving the pronunciation on it, and all the other details you need! I linked to the vowels section but make sure to go on to consonants after that.

Goes over every single consonant, vowel, and conjucts. What’s great about this resource is you can hear the pronunciation, but also see the form that they are written.