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Extensive reading or reading for pleasure is an excellent way of getting a lot of "comprehensible input" in a foreign language. Graded readers provide this type of comprehensible input.

Hindi is one of the biggest languages in the world by number of native speakers. Hence this question: are there any graded readers for Hindi? And where can they be found?


Update: Since some answerers misinterpret the question: what I am looking for is a graded reader for extensive reading, i.e. a resource that allows you to acquire vocabulary by reading, not by looking up words or studying vocabulary lists that are provided with the text. A graded reader is not the same thing as a reader for intensive reading, in which texts are accompanied by vocabulary lists. Arranging the texts by order of difficulty does not turn a reader for intensive reading into a graded reader for extensive reading.

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For beginners, there is one called Reading Hindi: Novice to Intermediate by Kusum Knapczyk & Peter Knapczyk. If you are at a more advanced level, there is also The Routledge Intermediate Hindi Reader by Naresh Sharma.

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  • These aren't graded readers, unfortunately. It looks like you are confusing "reader" with "graded reader".
    – Tsundoku
    Oct 24, 2021 at 16:43
  • Both books describe themselves as graded readers in the first pages and both are written for learners of Hindi as a second language, organised in order of difficulty. They are not written for native Hindi speakers, which a reader (or an anthology) would be.
    – Jenny
    Oct 24, 2021 at 16:48
  • What is your understanding of a graded reader? Perhaps the conventions for usage of the term are not standardised.
    – Jenny
    Oct 24, 2021 at 16:56
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    It says on the first page of the latter suggestion: "The Routledge Intermediate Hindi Reader has been specially designed for intermediate and advanced learners of Hindi and comprises a broad selection of graded readings." Then, on the next page, it says "Each reader contains approximately 20 readings graded in order of difficulty to allow the learner to grow with the book and to acquire the necessary skills to continue reading independently."
    – Jenny
    Oct 24, 2021 at 17:13
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    It says on the first page of the former suggestion: "Reading Hindi: Novice to Intermediate is an innovative collection of graded readings... The graded readings support the learner as they build their confidence with the language, gradually encountering a wider range of grammar constructions and vocabulary as the book progresses."
    – Jenny
    Oct 24, 2021 at 17:20
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Jenny is correct. Reading Hindi: Novice to Intermediate by Kusum Knapczyk & Peter Knapczyk is a graded reader. It goes from easy to difficult. I use this reader.

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    The book suggested by Jenny is a "reader" for intensive reading, not a "graded reader" for extensive reading. Please bear this difference in mind. The question is about graded readers for extensive reading.
    – Tsundoku
    Aug 6 at 0:32
  • How do you know it is not for extensive reading? Please check the chapters by yourself and you will know the answer.
    – Piku
    Aug 6 at 1:11
  • I know the book is not a graded reader from the way in which the authors present it: it consists of lessons and has a note for instructors. In addition, each of the lessons has a vocabulary list. Graded readers don't consist of lessons and don't need an instructor. The goal of a graded reader is to allow learners to acquire vocabulary on their own and without dealing with vocabulary lists. Since you are unfamiliar with the distinction between "reader" and "graded reader", I have updated the question to explain it.
    – Tsundoku
    Aug 6 at 21:11

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