6+ Best Hindi Textbooks & Phrasebooks for Beginners

Looking for the best Hindi textbooks?

See, some people like learning with courses.

Others want language apps. And some people like learning with textbooks.

And Hindi textbooks are a simple way to learn Hindi. Why?

Books guide you from page 0, to page 1, to page 3… to page 100. From your first words to your first conversation. You learn tons of words and grammar rules along the way.

So, in this guide, you’ll find some of the best Hindi textbooks and phrasebooks.

By the way, if you want to HEAR real Hindi, check out this audio lesson while you browse the books. (3-Minute Hindi Lesson from HindiPod101.com)


A quick note for Kindle users:.

If you’re looking to get books on your Kindle, I highly recommend you try a free sample on Amazon first. The reason is, Kindle books may not have as good of formatting. Also, textbooks are notoriously hard to use on a Kindle or any digital device. You’d want to flick back and forth between pages to review, look something up or refresh your memory on some word or grammar rule. Kindles do not make it easy to do that. They’re great for reading non-fiction and anything where you don’t have to backtrack… which is something you need to do with non-fiction and educational books.

1. Complete Hindi: Your Complete Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing

This may be one of the best Hindi textbooks out there.

  • Pages: 496
  • By: Teach Yourself

Like most, you learn dialogues, grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary, but that’s not all.

This 24-chapter book includes exercises and tests inside the book to force you to practice what you’ve learned. Also, you can get a CD for the dialogues to practice your listening skills.

  • Strength: Good, well-rounded textbook with exercises.

Overall, this textbook gives you A LOT for your money and thus is worthy of a first choice pick.

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2. Elementary Hindi: Learn to Communicate in Everyday Situations (MP3 Audio CD Included)

Note: If you go for this book, you’ll want to buy the accompanying workbook. So, the good news is, there is an accompanying workbook whereas most textbooks don’t have one. The bad news is, you have to buy it separately.

  • Pages: 353
  • By Tuttle

That aside, Elementary Hindi is as good of a textbook as any other. You learn the alphabet, conversations based on common situations, you get grammar explanations, vocab, cultural notes, and you get an audio CD/MP3 to listen along with.

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If you’re interested in the accompanying Hindi workbook for “Elementary Hindi,” here it is:

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3. Master the Hindi Alphabet, A Handwriting Practice Workbook

Why is a workbook on the list of best Hindi textbooks? Well…

Seeing how unique the Hindi alphabet is, I think it’s well worth it to get a workbook to help you practice and master it. Otherwise, you’ll be bouncing around from YouTube video to YouTube video.

  • Pages: 150
  • Independently Published

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4. Learn Hindi: Start Speaking Today. Absolute Beginner to Conversational Speaker Made Simple and Easy!

Although this isn’t as heavy or as serious as a textbook…

..it’s still a good starter book for any casual learner, traveler and people with commitment issues.

  • 144 pages
  • Independently Published

You learn basic greetings, grammar, forming sentences, vocabulary, numbers and much more. So, if you don’t really want a big academic textbook and want something lighter, try this out.

Note: This book teaches you via romanized Hindi. So, you will not learn the alphabet here. But, if you want to skip the alphabet and move on to the words, phrases and grammar, try it out.

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5. Essential Hindi: Speak Hindi with Confidence! (Hindi Phrasebook & Dictionary)

If you want to skip grammar and start speaking… Or, if you want to add more Hindi phrases to your brain, you can and should definitely get a phrasebook. Phrasebooks expand your range of expression (get you speaking more) by teaching you ready-made phrases for all kinds of situations.

  • 192 pages
  • By Tuttle Publishing

And Essential Hindi teaches you 1,500+ phrases plus has a dictionary with over 2,000 words.

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6. Making Out in Hindi: A guide to Hindi as it’s really spoken!

This is another fun phrasebook to have on hand if you want to learn Hindi slang. Also, incredibly affordable!

  • Pages: 80
  • By Tuttle
  • Strength: Fun Phrases

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These are some of the best Hindi textbooks and books I’ve found so far.

But, if you want something a little more than a “book,” then I recommend HindiPod101.

HindiPod101 is a Hindi learning program. You get audio/video lessons made by real teachers. The lessons get you speaking in minutes and are just 3-15 minutes in length. Just press the play button below to check out a lesson.


So, if you want to HEAR real Hindi and learn faster with a program, I recommend them.

Click here to get a Free Lifetime Account at HindiPod101.com.

– The Main Junkie

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