Writing an essay is one of the best ways to teach students how to expand on their own ideas by taking a subject and focusing on a specific aspect. Doing this in their first language may be easier than expressing themselves accurately in another language, like Hindi. But, it's also the perfect chance to discover the nuances and grammar of the language deeper than you ever have. Writing Hindi using English letters is only good for practicing pronunciation, so refreshing your ability to use the Devanagari Indian script will help you represent yourself as accurately as possible.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
Practice your Devanagari. If you're composing an essay by hand using the traditional Devanagari script, your penmanship will be on display as much as your subject matter. You won't have to worry about upper and lower case, because they are not represented in Hindi, but the essential connecting line that runs along the tops of letters is vital for reading comprehension. If you're using a virtual Devanagari keyboard, make sure your letter recognition is up to par.
Write in the informative style. An informative essay is the best way to get started for students that don't have a fluent grasp of Hindi, as well as more advanced students who want to concentrate on grammar and spelling. An informative essay simply delivers information to your reader and does not require you to do any editorialising, which means your statements can be simple and straightforward. Also, try not to use new words to impress the reader. Getting words from a bilingual dictionary means knowing how to use them correctly.
Proofread your essay. It's possible to write an "A"-level essay and receive a "B" because of careless mistakes, particularly in a foreign language. So it's important to carefully proofread your finished product. Use a red pen for spelling errors, a blue pen for grammatical errors and a green pen for content errors, like lack of transitions or awkward sentences. Once you have fixed and reread your paper, give it to someone else to read; they can catch mistakes you may have missed.
Tips and warnings
- Be prepared to provide evidence for every idea you include in your essay.
- Remember to stay on topic. The essay should reflect your proficiency in Hindi, but should also stay within the subject matter and essay style.
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