Hindi / Year 5 and 6 / Understanding / Systems of language

Curriculum content descriptions

Understand how the conventions of written script determine the structure and organisation of written language, and understand the relationship between word formation and pronunciation

[Key concepts: variation, discrimination, representation; Key processes: understanding, recognising, applying conventions]


  • understanding that the Hindi language varies from region to region as it is influenced by local culture, practices and customs, and that this variation impacts on pronunciation but is not represented in written Hindi; for example, the word for ‘much/many’ is pronounced by many speakers as बहौत but is spelled according to its standard spelling as बहुत
  • recognising the Hindi pronunciation and Devanagari spelling of old loan words from English into Hindi, such as -अस्पताल/हस्पताल; अफ़सर; पलस्तर
  • understanding the conventions by which new loan words are written in Hindi, for example, the way in which English ‘t’ and ‘d’ sounds are represented normally as ट and ड, the replacement of English ‘th’ sounds by थ and ways in which English vowels such as short ‘a’ sounds are replaced by Hindi vowel sounds, as in डॉलर versus डालर
  • recognising and practising the spelling of words in Devanagari script that involve combinations of pronouns and postpositions that lose the inherent ‘a’ inside a word such as उसका, and understanding how the loss of the inherent ‘a’ at the end of a verb stem is not represented in Devanagari, for example, सुनना/सुनता
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
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