Hindi Listening Practice – Some Online Resources

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The key to finding good listening practice content is to find material that is neither too easy nor too difficult.

Below I’ve listed some free online resources to build your Hindi listening skills with authentic content. Most of this content is suitable for intermediate to advanced-level students, but it always helps to start priming your ears at the basic level.

Man with headphones getting Hindi listening practice on a mobile device.

Hindi Urdu Flagship

Made explicitly for Hindi-Urdu language students, most HUF listening resources come with glossaries and audio/video files that you can download.

Glossaries Alive (Level: Basic) – This was made as a companion to Teach Yourself – Complete Hindi. Still, it offers valuable listening practice for basic-level students no matter what book you use.

Spoken Thesaurus (Level: Intermediate to Advanced) – Using this, students can listen to discussions, in Hindi, of closely related words.

Hindi Urdu Voicemail (Level: Intermediate to Advanced) – This offers learners practice listening to authentic voicemails. Students are encouraged to try and understand the “gist” of the message without necessarily understanding every word. Unfortunately, there aren’t currently any corresponding glossaries provided.

Language for Health (Level: Advanced) – A derivative website of Hindi Urdu Flagship, this offers upper intermediate to advanced students authentic interviews with native speakers (and accompanying glossaries) on health-related topics.

Hamari Boli (Level: Intermediate to Advanced) – This is an excellent resource for upper-intermediate to advanced students, which provides interviews with native speakers discussing word usage in various situations.

Logo of Hindi StarTalk - Start Talking Hindi

Compiled by Columbia University, you’ll find high-quality, unscripted videos of native speakers talking about various themes in various contexts. There are also vocabulary lists available to download to accompany each video.

Hindi Films and Shows on YouTube

There’s no better source than YouTube for a vast amount of authentic listening material. As glossaries aren’t provided, content in Hindi you watch on YouTube is usually most appropriate for upper-intermediate to advanced students. Some videos, however, do include English subtitles, though the quality of the subtitles can be very hit-or-miss!

Hindi Films

You might be surprised by the number of (relatively older) Hindi films you can watch for free on YouTube. Generally speaking, the most recent Hindi films aren’t on YouTube as their copyright holders keep them off, but you’ll find older classics, such as the following:

Hindi film poster of Shree 420 from 1955

Shree 420

Hindi film poster of Mughal-e-Azam from 1960


Hindi film poster of Bawarchi from 1972


Hindi film poster of Chupke Chupke from 1975

Chupke Chupke

Hindi film poster of Sholay from 1975


Khatta Meetha

Hindi film poster of Don from 1978


Hindi film poster of Gol Maal from 1979

Gol Maal

Hindi film poster of Baton Baton Mein from 1979

Baton Baton Mein

Hindi film poster of Khubsoorat from 1980


Hindi film poster of Satte Pe Satta from 1982

Satte Pe Satta

Hindi film poster of Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro from 1983

Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro

Hindi TV Shows

Whether you’re into melodramatic Hindi soaps, news, game shows, or reality shows, there’s plenty of Hindi TV content. Below I’ve listed some of the shows I have found the most accessible for students in terms of Hindi listening practice.

Logo of Hindi TV show Kaun Banega Crorepati
Kaun Banega Crorepati

The Hindi version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, this game show is currently hosted by Hindi actor superstar Amitabh Bachchan. Students benefit from the mixture of conversational and formal language, and especially from the question being displayed on the screen as the contestant mulls it over.

Satyamev Jayate

This is a talk show hosted by Aamir Khan, which ran from 2012 to 2014 and confronted interesting and sometimes controversial topics. The language used is generally standard (depending on who the guest is).

Logo of Hindi TV show Satyamev Jayate
Logo of Hindi TV show MasterChef India
MasterChef India

Another global franchise with a Hindi version, this show often uses conversational language, with a fair bit of Hinglish thrown in. And, of course, you learn a lot of cooking and food vocabulary, often with recipes displayed on the screen.

Doraemon (Hindi)

What, you might ask, is a Japanese anime show doing on this list? Doraemon was dubbed into Hindi and became one of India’s most popular children’s shows. What I like about this show for Hindi students is that the voice actors speak clearly and loudly in relatively simple Hindi.

Logo of Hindi TV show Doraemon in Hindi

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