Language resources


Today, Mandarin is established as the world's largest language in terms of native speakers. It is the most important language in the Asia-Pacific region, an official language in the United Nations, and widely used in international trade. Learn more about Chinese language studies at the ANU

Devanagari alphabet

The Devanagari alphabet is used for:

  • Hindi, the official language of India
  • Sanskrit, the primary South Asian classical language
  • Marathi, the state language of the Indian state of Maharashtra
  • Nepali, the official language of the Kingdom of Nepal


The Hindi-Urdu program provides students with the skills necessary to speak, read and write the sister languages Hindi and Urdu. While spoken Hindi and Urdu share the same grammar and basic vocabulary, the two languages differ in script and literary usage. Knowledge of Hindi is essential for those interested in any aspect of the civilisation and society of modern India and a familiarity with Urdu, the official national language of Pakistan, is necessary for those who want to focus on contemporary Pakistan.

The legacy Hindi language studies resource aims to provide students with the skills necessary to communicate in spoken Hindi as well as to read a wide range of materials written in Hindi, including novels, newspapers and scholarly works.


Learning to read colloquial Indonesian (pdf, 358KB) module. For students who know formal standard Indonesian fairly well but do not yet know colloquial Indonesian. It aims to equip them with a good enough reading knowledge to enjoy a range of colloquial texts.


You will be listening to 35 short utterances spoken by a female speaker and evaluating how natural these utterances sound.

Ku Waru, Kaluli and Duna (Trans New Guinea)

Publications and audio language acquisition resources by Prof Alan Rumsey.


Three week intensive Mongolian language course

This intensive course which took place in January 2013, was designed for beginners and provided the foundation for practical listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.


Classical Sanskrit is the key to the treasure-trove of South Asian cultures, spirituality and wisdom. It is the primary language of classical Indian art, music, dance, literature and religion. It is also of interest to students of historical and comparative linguistics and provides a basis for the study of modern Indian languages. Sanskrit resources


Tibetan language resources

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