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STARTALK Hindi 2018 Reading Listening Project

The following material is prepared according to the thematic topics of YHS STARTALK Hindi 2018 Program. Our goal is to help you develop your understanding of Hindi key words and sentences related with places to see in India. Please use these audio and scripted material as many times as you wish in order to improve your listening, reading and writing skills. When you listen to a passage, you may look at a printed copy of the text and highlight key words and sentences that you could recognize. You can highlight as many words and sentences as you can. See for yourself how many words or sentences you can learn. You may like to construct a new sentence using key words you learned.

If you don’t understand a word or a sentence, please refer to or feel free to email us with your questions at: We will respond to your questions quickly. To assess your listening proficiency level please refer to ACTFL LISTENING PROFICIENCY GUIDELINES FOR INTERMEDIATE AND NOVICE LEVELS provided at the bottom of this document.

We have presented 12 topics, in text and audio formats, accompanied by activities for learners to attempt. Each topic is divided in two sections-A and B-referring to Novice and Intermediate ranges of proficiency levels. They are not necessarily organized in ascending order from less challenging to more challenging in terms of new words and sentence structure. However, we realize that external help from parents and teachers would be necessary for learners as they learn keywords and sentences under various topics. This material is not time sensitive and students should learn at their own pace as they move on from one topic to the other. Please attempt the topics according to your abilities and move on to challenging yourself.

The following is part of the ACTFL original document that may be viewed here:

ACTFL Listening Proficiency Guidelines For Intermediate And Novice Levels  


At the Intermediate level, listeners can understand information conveyed in simple, sentence-length speech on familiar or everyday topics. They are generally able to comprehend one utterance at a time while engaged in face-to-face conversations or in routine listening tasks such as understanding highly contextualized messages, straightforward announcements, or simple instructions and directions. Listeners rely heavily on redundancy, restatement, paraphrasing, and contextual clues.

Intermediate-level listeners understand speech that conveys basic information. This speech is simple, minimally connected, and contains high-frequency vocabulary.

Intermediate-level listeners are most accurate in their comprehension when getting meaning from simple, straightforward speech. They are able to comprehend messages found in highly familiar everyday contexts. Intermediate listeners require a controlled listening environment where they hear what they may expect to hear.

Intermediate High

At the Intermediate High sublevel, listeners are able to understand, with ease and confidence, simple sentence-length speech in basic personal and social contexts. They can derive substantial meaning from some connected texts typically understood by Advanced-level listeners although there often will be gaps in understanding due to a limited knowledge of the vocabulary and structures of the spoken language.

Intermediate Mid

At the Intermediate Mid sublevel, listeners are able to understand simple, sentence-length speech, one utterance at a time, in a variety of basic personal and social contexts. Comprehension is most often accurate with highly familiar and predictable topics although a few misunderstandings may occur. Intermediate Mid listeners may get some meaning from oral texts typically understood by Advanced-level listeners.

Intermediate Low

At the Intermediate Low sublevel, listeners are able to understand some information from sentence-length speech, one utterance at a time, in basic personal and social contexts, though comprehension is often uneven. At the Intermediate Low sublevel, listeners show little or no comprehension of oral texts typically understood by Advanced-level listeners.


At the Novice level, listeners can understand key words, true aural cognates, and formulaic expressions that are highly contextualized and highly predictable, such as those found in introductions and basic courtesies.

Novice-level listeners understand words and phrases from simple questions, statements, and high-frequency commands. They typically require repetition, rephrasing and/or a slowed rate of speech for comprehension. They rely heavily on extralinguistic support to derive meaning.

Novice-level listeners are most accurate when they are able to recognize speech that they can anticipate. In this way, these listeners tend to recognize rather than truly comprehend. Their listening is largely dependent on factors other than the message itself.

Novice High

At the Novice High sub level, listeners are often but not always able to understand information from sentence-length speech, one utterance at a time, in basic personal and social contexts where there is contextual or extralinguistic support, though comprehension may often be very uneven. They are able to understand speech dealing with areas of practical need such as highly standardized messages, phrases, or instructions, if the vocabulary has been learned.

Novice Mid

At the Novice Mid sub level, listeners can recognize and begin to understand a number of high-frequency, highly contextualized words and phrases including aural cognates and borrowed words. Typically, they understand little more than one phrase at a time, and repetition may be required.

Novice Low

At the Novice Low sub level, listeners are able occasionally to recognize isolated words or very high-frequency phrases when those are strongly supported by context. These listeners show virtually no comprehension of any kind of spoken message, not even within the most basic personal and social contexts.