Preparing for HUF

The Flagship program follows an intensive curriculum that covers the wide range of cultural and linguistic traditions of Hindi and Urdu. Prospective students may find it helpful to begin some private study before joining the program; HUF’s online learning and teaching resources are a good place to start. Our Glossaries Alive podcast is appropriate for beginners, while the Spoken Thesaurus is intended for learners at the intermediate level. Our website also offers a wide range of other materials available to all comers. Listed below are some additional resources that you may find useful.


Teach Yourself Hindi | Rupert Snell

Teach Yourself Beginner’s Hindi Script | Rupert Snell

Let’s Study Urdu | Ali S. Asani & Syed Akbar Hyder

Let’s Study Urdu: An Introduction to the Script | Ali S. Asani & Syed Akbar Hyder

Urdu: An Essential Grammar | Ruth Laila Schmidt

Introduction to Hindi Grammar | Usha R. Jain


The Oxford Hindi-English Dictionary | RS McGregor

A Dictionary of Urdu, Classical Hindi, and English | John T Platts (online version available)

The Oxford English-Urdu Dictionary | Shanul Haq Haqqee

Rajpal English-Hindi Dictionary | Hardev Bahri

Online: Digital Dictionaries of South Asia


Online: CRULP Online Urdu Dictionary

Miscellaneous Online Resources

A Door into Hindi

New Directions, New People


BBC Hindi and BBC Urdu

Siasat Daily online