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Learn Indian Language through Artificial Intelligence

LILA is a milestone in language learning through Artificial Intelligence Technology. The LILA series, developed with the support of Department of Official Language (DOL), Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), New Delhi, includes:

- LILA Hindi PRABODH (on DOS, Linux and Windows platforms)
   
- LILA Hindi PRAVEEN (on DOS, Linux and Windows platforms)
   
- LILA Hindi PRAGYA (on Windows platforms)
   
- LILA HINDI Prabodh Praveen Pragya on Web
   
- LILA Hindi Prabodh Praveen Pragya Web version through South Indian Languages
   
- LILA Hindi Prabodh Praveen Pragya Web version through Bangla Language
 

These are Intelligent Self-Tutoring Systems for HINDI, especially designed for Government departments, Banks, Public Sector Undertakings and Corporate employees. These packages are also useful for other non-Hindi speakers who wish to learn Hindi from the basic to the advanced stage. The courses are based on the Hindi Prabodh, Praveen and Pragya syllabus, being conducted through classroom teaching and distant education by the DOL. The packages aim at imparting basic functional knowledge of Hindi, required to communicate in simple day-to-day situations, to achieve a sound base of Hindi and its core functional grammar. The constant interactive participation through a computer in the self-learning process is likely to give the learner an edge in the skill of reading, writing, speaking and understanding grammar and its effective usage.

The Department of Official Language has revised the Prabodh courseware and has made it available on the Internet on September 14, 2005. The package includes all the features as mentioned below:

 
The Salient features of the LILA packages are:
 
- Tracer Module: Here, all characters are composed of stroke types. Many strokes make up a character, but for esthetic and practical reasons, an order for writing characters is preferred. When writing characters, they should be contained in an imaginary box, and in proportion to other characters with which they appear. Forethought is needed to make a character look right, beginning with where one places the character's first pen stroke, and the proportions of each stroke in relation to the rest of the character as a whole. When one understands the principles behind the writing process, one can count the number of strokes easily. The TRACER module enables the user to write each Hindi alphabet stroke-by-stroke. The order of the strokes allows a writer to reproduce Hindi characters in a uniform manner.
   
- Speech Facility: The Speech Facility has been provided to facilitate, learning of the correct pronunciation and intonation of the words and sentences. Related words and their meanings along with images have also been provided as part of the Vocabulary Section. To practice correct pronunciation, there is a Record and Compare facility, which allows the user to record a word or a sentence in his her own voice and compare it with the standard pronunciation available in the packages.
   
- Video Interface: For easy comprehension, every lesson has a video film running alongside the narrative. The sentence spoken in the clipping is highlighted in the text. Thus making learning easy and interesting. Images have also been provided for better recapitulation and understanding of concepts.
   
- An On-Line Hindi-English Dictionary is available with meanings, a grammatical category and pronunciation for easy reference. This is accessible from any section of the lesson. The packages also provide commonly used words and official terminology with pictures and sound.
   
- Cultural Notes have been incorporated to highlight various aspects of Indian Culture explained through pictures and text in the dictionary and lessons.
   
- Other salient features include:

       - Pedagogically controlled and graded lessons
       - Grammatical Notes for each lesson
       - Exhaustive interactive exercises
       - Self evaluation tests with markings