Learn Hindi, explore Indian culture, traditions and language in a friendly, interactive atmosphere.
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This course offers a course fee subsidy through funding from the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) for NZ citizen and permanent migrant adults, and young people aged 16+ who are not currently enrolled in a NZ secondary school. We need to collect extra information such as age, ethnicity, educational achievement and gender for statistical purposes. You must also provide evidence of NZ citizenship or residency if requested. A condition of accepting this course fee subsidy is that you will attend at least 80% of classes.
Learn the language and culture of the world's largest democracy. Through a variety of activities - speaking, reading, writing, listening - you will start to communicate in Hindi in everyday situations. Grammatical structures and vocabulary will be practised in a relaxed and enjoyable way. This course will also introduce you to Indian culture and traditions and is suitable for those with little or no previous knowledge of Hindi.
On completion of this course we expect that you will be able to speak some basic Hindi, remember some essential vocab, be starting to learn some simple grammar, have the basics of pronunciation, and have some idea of Indian culture and traditions. The amount of revision undertaken between classes can have a large influence on the final outcome for individuals.
Each week, the course will build upon itself. We ask students to revise material between classes. In addition, a short homework exercise is usually set. We encourage students to also take advantage of free online learning forums to practise Hindi e.g. Rocketlanguages.com.
We have created a blog for tips and tricks on effective Spanish language learning. Most of the ideas contained in the blog are relevant to any language learning, including Hindi.
From August 2017 course with Sushila Sharma:
"Loved Sushila, and the rest of the class was lovely too. Was a fun environment to learn in."
"Enjoyed the relaxed setting and the relevant topics that made it fun to learn Hindi for the first time. Sushila was fantastic. I really enjoyed her class and she made learning Hindi fun."
From May 2015 course:
"It was very educational. It was fun. Learnt so much and more. Sushila was fantastic. Every class was so knowledge filled." "Sushila was faultless. She brought humour into it." "Sushila has extensive knowledge and met the needs of a diverse group (both Fijian Hindi and Indian Hindi). She created a lovely relaxed atmosphere. Great classmates as well!""Amazing fun class. Learnt a lot of Hindi for my upcoming trip. The tutor was fantastic and made it so fun and easy to learn." Angela "I've really enjoyed this class, thank you so much Sushila you are such an awesome teacher - I wish you taught an advanced Hindi class here I would so go!"
"I enjoyed this class very much. The tutor is a very good communicator and very knowledgeable." June 2014
"[The]course was a good overview of hindi, made interesting and entertaining by Sushila (tutor) and class participants. Informal nature combined with formal lesson structure struck right balance. The course 'whetted my appetite' for more." June 2014
"Sushila covered a good variety of simple Hindi beginnings. Devanagari script, colours, days of weeks, numbers, helpful phrases, body parts and interrogatives. Some chances to speak. I enjoyed the course and Sushila is an excellent tutor". Robin R June 2014
"Learnt a lot, especially useful phrases and ability to practise with one another. I'll be dangerous on my India trip now!". Brad B June 2014