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Elementary Hindi I, Elementary Hindi II, Intermediate Hindi I

February 11, 2020

Shankar, Jishnu
Elementary Hindi I, Elementary Hindi II, Intermediate Hindi I

Jishnu is one of the worst professors at Columbia and I encourage everyone to think twice before staying in the class with him. Jishnu openly degrades and humiliates his students, and picks on them for everything. He will make fun of your speaking and pronunciation and degrade you in front of the entire class. He has picked on students to the point where they start to miss class because they cant deal with his bullying. He is a terrible professor. Take Aftab or Rakesh instead! They are amazing professors, and you will actually grow as a HIndi speaker with them as your mentors. I dont think I learned anything the entire semester because of Jishnu.

Workload:

Homework every night
Quiz every few weeks

December 09, 2019

Ahmad, Aftab Gold_nugget
Elementary Hindi I, Elementary Hindi II, Intermediate Hindi I

Aftab Ji is an incredibly caring and thoughtful professor. He includes all students and makes sure everyone is up to speed. I went from knowing no Hindi to being able to read, write, and talk about basic things. In the latter half of the semester, he shows a lot of videos that give students a sense of Indian culture and also a realization of how much they can understand already. He has great taste in films, music, and poetry and is so unpretentious and sweet it was really hard saying bye to the class. I will miss his class. I wish he was teaching the next level.

He deserves a silver nugget!

Workload:

Daily writing assignment, bi-weekly quiz, dictation 1-2x a month, midterm, and final.
Not too bad for a 5 credit class.

April 22, 2016

Ahmad, Aftab Gold_nugget
Elementary Hindi I, Elementary Hindi II, Intermediate Hindi I

Great professor, more quiet than others, but he really is approachable and very nice to his students.

Workload:

Daily homework

September 09, 2009

Rajpurohit, Dalpat Silver_nugget
Elementary Hindi I, Elementary Hindi II, Intermediate Hindi I

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Dalpat is an excellent teacher. He taught us Hindi language,literature, movies and so many other things. I learned a lot in two semester. He explains all the concepts very well and I would love to take any class with him again.

Workload:

grammar, literature and journal

September 08, 2009

Rajpurohit, Dalpat Silver_nugget
Elementary Hindi I, Elementary Hindi II, Intermediate Hindi I

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Probably one of the most lenient and easiest professors I have ever encountered at Columbia. If you're new to hindi or are really looking to have a solid foundation, he's not that great. He has a thick accent and has a tough time explaining a lot of grammar concepts. That said, he does try and get a lot of reading practice in for the class.

Workload:

2 assignments and journal a week. Although I don't really think he checks for journal submission. Very very easy.

September 01, 2009

Rajpurohit, Dalpat Silver_nugget
Elementary Hindi I, Elementary Hindi II, Intermediate Hindi I

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Has an accent, is a bit all over the place with lessons, doesn't explain concepts well. But he is a sweetheart (for the most part), and is lax on grading. If you're looking to REALLY understand the language, you won't get much speaking practice here, and he doesn't explain grammar rules very well.

Workload:

Homework once or twice a week in Intermediate, including journal entries. Not hard.

January 09, 2007

Matone, Christina
Elementary Hindi I, Elementary Hindi II, Intermediate Hindi I

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Professor Matone is amazing! She makes Latin interesting & totally painless. At the elementary level, she expects you to learn a lot of grammar on your own time & gives daily quizzes, but she does not give massive amount of homework. In Intermediate, you are expected to do the translations but not to hand in. She reinforces grammar by asking identification questions for homework & periodic quizzes. Her exams are intense, but you will probably be pleasantly surprised by the grade you receive. She is also very good-natured & nice. Take Latin with her & you will have a great time.

Workload:

Elementary I: daily grammar/vocab quizzes; short grammar/translation assignments; 3 midterms; 1 final
Elementary II: daily grammar/vocab quizzes; grammar/translation assignments; 2 midterms; 1 final
Intermediate I: daily translations (not handed-in); a handful grammar identifications for hw based on the translations for much of the semester; 1 midterm; 1 final based on the previous translations

October 31, 2006

Sharma, Sonia
Elementary Hindi I, Elementary Hindi II, Intermediate Hindi I

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Professor Sharma is GREAT. I can't say enough about her. She goes out of her way to make Hindi accessible to both native and non-native speakers and she makes the class fun, bringing in songs, food, and video clips. It's a difficult language, but the grade is spread out over many quizes, participation, a presentation, homeworks, and a journal. The quizes are very fair. She tells the class the format and which vocabulary to study.

Workload:

Moderate. Nightly assignments in Elementary, weekly in Intermediate. A midterm and final presentation, 4 quizes, one being the midterm and one being the final. A journal in intermediate. 12 language lab hours.

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