Hindi is a rich and melodic language, spoken, written and studied
widely throughout the world. Learning it will open the door to a fascinating
and diverse culture that spans thousands of years of uninterrupted history.
There is a well known philosophy that puts forth that when one meditates
on the specific sounds of the Dev Naagari alphabet, the written forms
appear spontaneously in the mind.
More than 600 million people speak the Hindi language, not only in India but also in almost every other country in the world. It is the primary language spoken in Northern and Central India, and has been chosen as the country’s national language, even though innumerable languages and dialects are spoken nation wide. Most schools throughout the sub-continent teach Hindi as part of their curriculum.
Pronunciation in Hindi is relatively easy since, unlike English,
letters are always pronounced exactly the same way. Once you've learned
the letters, reading is straight forward and simple.
Hindi shares with English and most other European languages
the same ancestral roots. They evolved from a language thought to have
been spoken in Central Asia around 5,000 BC, called by linguists the
Indo-European parent language. For this reason (and because of the 200-year
influence of the British in India), many basic words in Hindi are the
same as or similar to their equivalent in English.
The primary source of Hindi is Sanskrit, one of the most ancient
spoken and written languages in the world and one of the earliest members
of the Indo-European language family. Like Sanskrit, Hindi is written
in the Dev Naagari script, which is common to several other Indian languages
as well. Much of the vocabulary of Hindi comes from Sanskrit, though
Hindi also has a special relationship with Urdu. Their grammar and much
of their vocabulary are virtually identical.
For more in depth information about the origin, principals and etymology
of Dev Naagari, along with helpful descriptions of its symbols, you can
check the following web site: www.answers.com/devnagari