Online Resources

Online Dictionaries

Shadbkosh: An English-Hindi Dictionary

This English-Hindi dictionary is useful as a quick reference, but it lacks in-depth definitions and does not provide the gender of Hindi nouns. It provides entries in Devanagari (i.e. the Hindi script) and in roman transliteration (i.e. the English alphabet).

A Dictionary of Urdu, Classical Hindi, and English by John T. Platts – University of Chicago

This hefty volume from 1884 was scanned for public use online. You can search for entries in Urdu, Hindi, or English. This dictionary is especially useful for advanced students.

Wiktionary-Hindi

This “open content dictionary” for Hindi is still in its infancy but has great potential. Word translations are often provided in several languages. This dictionary is overseen and worked on by the online public. We at Zabaan encourage you to join the Wiktionary community and help this project grow!

Wikitionary-Urdu

This “open content dictionary” for Urdu is still in its infancy but has great potential. Word translations are often provided in several languages. This dictionary is overseen and worked on by the online public. We at Zabaan encourage you to join the Wiktionary community and help this project grow!

Typing in Hindi & Urdu

South Asia Language Resource Center Recommended FontsUniversity of Chicago

Provides an introduction to typing in South Asian scripts on an Apple or PC. Several fonts and keyboard layouts are recommended with links provided in addition to instructions for how to install and use them.

Quillpad: An Editor for Writing in Hindi

This online editor allows you to type Hindi in English and it will (usually) correctly transform it into Devanāgarī (i.e. the Hindi script) for you. In addition to Hindi, it provides the same service for nine other South Asian languages (but unfortunately not for Urdu).

Hindi & Urdu Song Lyrics, Poetry, and Ghazals

Smriti – Hindi Song Lyrics

This website doesn’t allow you to type-in your own search entires (you have to  search for songs within its provided search categories). The song lyrics are  provided in the English alphabet (not according to the South Asian language transliteration system used at Zabaan), and in Devanāgarī (i.e. the Hindi script). There aren’t too many errors within the song lyrics, and the collection is large.

Divan-e GhalibProfessor Frances Pritchett, Columbia University

A collection of Mirza Ghalib’s ghazals written in Nastaʽlīq (i.e. the Urdu script), Devanāgarī (i.e. the Hindi script), roman transliteration, and plain roman.

General South Asian Language References

Professor Frances PritchettColumbia University

Provides links to several electronic books on Hindi & Urdu history, Hindi & Urdu literature, language learning materials, glossaries and scripts for films, and glossaries for novels, and popular language learning materials.

South Asia Language Resource CenterUniversity of Chicago

Includes access to South Asian language list-serves, blogs, information about grants and scholarships, and workshop information.

Digital South Asia Library University of Chicago

A collection of digital dictionaries, images, maps, statistics, bibliographies, indexes, books and journals, and links to other online resources.

Hindi Urdu FlagshipUniversity of Texas at Austin

Provides impressive electronic books and online learning materials created by Hindi Urdu Flagship professors, downloadable videos of Hindi and Urdu native speakers discussing and demonstrating specific language features and situations, as well as links to other Hindi and Urdu online resources.

A Door into HindiNorth Carolina State University

A Door into Hindi by Dr. Afroz Taj provides a great interactive, multimedia Elementary Hindi learning website with plenty of material and 18 videos (with Hindi subtitles) showing authentic dialogues shot in India. Some material is yet to be uploaded but by the time you are through with the first 14 chapters, all should be in place. Rupert Snell was one of  collaborators, and A Door Into Hindi includes cross references to “Teach Yourself Hindi.”

A Door into UrduNorth Carolina State University

A Door into Urdu by Dr. Afroz Taj is the sister project of A Door into Hindi and also provides very useful interactive, multimedia Urdu learning materials and 18 videos (with Urdu subtitles). It includes very nice features, e.g. showing how the letters in Urdu are combined in an animated way. Some material is yet to be uploaded but by the time you are through with the first chapters, all should be in place.