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as in-person classes, live-streamed Zoom sessions and video recordings

• This course is offered in 2024 Term 3 (Jul-Sep) on Tuesdays 4:00-4:40 pm and will run for eight consecutive weeks.

• This course is offered as an in-person course at the EarthDiverse Centre in Hamilton, New Zealand, live-streamed via Zoom if you live elsewhere, and as video recordings of the live sessions if you cannot attend the regularly scheduled class.

• This course continues in successive schools terms.

Date & Time:

Begins Tuesday 30 July 2024, 4:00-4:40pm

• This course begins on Tuesday 30 July 2024, 4:00-4:40pm (New Zealand time). The course meets for 8 consecutive weekly sessions. The final session will be held on Tuesday 17 Sep 2024.

• If you live outside of Hamilton or the Waikato in New Zealand and wish your child to Zoom in to our live class sessions, check the nearest local Time Zone equivalent below.

Time Zone equivalents:

for live-streaming Zoom Sessions from New Zealand. If your Time Zone doesn't suit our live-streamed class, you can also access our courses by watching the live-recorded sessions that are posted to the course webpage each week, usually within 1-2 days.

  • Honolulu, Hawai’i: begins Mon 29 Jul 2024, 6:00-6:40pm

  • US Pacific: begins Mon 29 Jul 2024, 9:00-9:40pm

  • US Eastern: begins Tue 30 Jul 2024, 12:00-12:40am

  • London, UK: begins Tue 30 Jul 2024, 5:00-5:40am

  • Paris, France: begins Tue 30 Jul 2024, 6:00-6:40am

  • New Delhi, India: begins Tue 30 Jul 2024, 9:30-10:10am

  • Bangkok: begins Tue 30 Jul 2024, 11:00-11:40am

  • Singapore: begins Tue 30 Jul 2024, 12:00-12:40pm

  • Tokyo, Japan: begins Tue 30 Jul 2024, 1:00-1:40pm

  • Sydney, Australia: begins Tue 30 Jul 2024, 2:00-2:40pm


Heritage Hindi for Kids (ages 5-10 years)

  • • This is Part 1 of a beginning Introductory Hindi language course for kids (ages 5-10 years old) taught over four successive 8-week School Terms (take as few or as many as you’d like!) specifically designed for the children of Hindi-speaking parents.

    • All of our language programmes focus on acquiring reading and conversational skills, and learning about local culture.

    • This course is specifically designed for young children and lasts for 40 minutes only.

    • We do not expect our children to study, but hope that they will begin practicing speaking at home with their families.

    • We do not assign any homework.

    • Come and have your child spend some time each week learning the Devānagrī script, conversational Hindi, and learning about Indian culture, and have some fun too!

  • • Heritage Hindi for Kids is specifically designed for children (ages 5-10) of Hindi-speaking parents. Our young students will learn introductory conversational Hindi, learn how to read and write Devanāgrī script, and will be encouraged to speak, use correct grammar, and learn new appropriate vocabulary.

    • One goal of the course will be to help our children overcome their wanting to speak in English only and will help give them the confidence they need to learn to speak Hindi and get immersed in their heritage language and culture.

  • • This Term begins with concentrating on conversational skills, learning introductory Hindi grammar, basic vocabulary, and comprehension.

  • • Subsequent Term courses will continue in the same time slot for the duration of the full course.

    • We’re able to accept new cohorts of students in subsequent School Terms.

Class Format:

  • 8 sessions per School Term

  • 40 minutes class session

  • Hybrid classes: students have the option of attending either in-person at the EarthDiverse Centre in the Hamilton CBD, or on-line via Zoom

  • Classes are recorded so that students can review sessions, or catch up on a missed class

  • Parents can drop off their children for the duration of the class, but Caregivers will need to sign their kids in and out

Course curriculum

Week by week new material will be posted throughout the duration of the course. Video recordings of each weekly session will be posted here after 1-2 days after each class.

    1. EarthDiverse Zoom instructions

    2. EarthDiverse Course Information

    1. EarthDiverse Hindi Alphabet Chart

    2. Master the Hindi Alphabet PDF

    3. Link to EarthDiverse's Hindi flashcard sets at

Additional course info:

  • Videos and PDF content of class presentations or whiteboard notes are uploaded weekly after each live session
  • Begins on Tue 30 Jul 2024
  • NZ time: Tuesdays 4:00-4:40 pm

Meet our Instructors:

Executive Director, Senior Lecturer Dr Todd Nachowitz, PhD

Dr Todd Nachowitz, PhD, is the Founder and Executive Director of EarthDiverse. Todd is a Hamilton-based lecturer, anthropologist, environmentalist and diversity educator. He previously taught in Religious Studies at the University of Waikato, teaching courses on Comparative Religion and Religious Fundamentalism & Extremism. Todd holds a Masters Degree in Development Anthropology from Syracuse University in upstate New York (1991) and a PhD from the University of Waikato (2015) in Political Science and Public Policy where he completed his thesis on diversity governance and the Indian diaspora in New Zealand.

Prior to settling in New Zealand in 1995, Todd lived and worked in the United States, India, Pakistan and Nepal. He spent 11 years in South Asia as the Academic Director for university study-abroad programmes in Varanasi, India (for the University of Wisconsin-Madison); Lahore, Pakistan (for the University of California-Berkeley); and Kathmandu, Nepal (for School for International Training, based in Brattleboro, Vermont, USA) focusing on language, culture and religion.

Todd speaks Hindi and Urdu, and is a specialist in comparative world religions and the history, religions, languages and cultures of South Asia. He also currently teaches our Hindi and Urdu language courses and the Religious Diversity courses at EarthDiverse.


This class is a hybrid class with both in-person sessions in our classrooms and streamed live via Zoom.

All in-person classes are held at the EarthDiverse Centre located at 401 Anglesea Street, Hamilton Central, Hamilton, New Zealand (located just north of the Hamilton Central Bus Station) (entrance is located on the side of the building, see map below). Those looking for parking for our evening classes can park just in front of the building in any of the available car parks. Daytime parking can be found in our dedicated car parks, or free 2-hour on-street daytime parking can be found just in front of Anglesea Street.

Distance Learning:

This course has distance-learning options for those unable to attend the live class sessions in Hamilton. Students have three options for attending our courses once they have registered:

  • Attend in-person classes in our Hamilton classrooms at the regularly scheduled day and time.

  • Attend our live on-line classroom sessions via Zoom at the regular scheduled day and time.

  • Watch the live-recorded class sessions at your leisure, at a time, day and place more suited to your schedule.

Distance-Learning options:

Live Zoom sessions and video recordings.

  • • In addition to our in-person classes in Hamilton, our courses offer distance learning options for those unable to attend classes in-person. Live-streamed Hamilton classes are available via free Zoom software for those living outside the Waikato. Live-streaming allows you to participate fully in your own learning, ask questions of the instructor and participate fully in the same way as if you were in the physical classroom.

  • • Those unable to attend the scheduled date and time of the actual class sessions, or those who need to miss a class or two due to previous engagements or unexpected illness, can watch any or all of the live-recorded video sessions on their computers, laptops, tablets or mobile devices and study at their own pace and in their own time.

  • • Detailed instructions on how to access our distance learning components will be sent after completing your registration. There are no additional fees for this service. However, distance learners will need access to a desktop or laptop computer with a good quality web-camera (tablet devices and mobile phones can also access our live-streamed classes), a built-in microphone (most modern laptops have built-in microphones) or a headset with a microphone. You will also need to download and install the free Zoom software on your computer or device. Those accessing the video recordings will be able to do so with a simple web browser on any device.

Pricing options:

• All prices in NZ dollars and includes GST.

• Click the Enrol Now button to register your child.

• You can pay by credit card but please add their name(s) to the "Gift" section during checkout.


Those who cannot make the class meeting day and time either in-person or via live Zoom sessions may consider accessing this course through the weekly recorded video sessions. Class videos are usually posted within 1-2 days of each live class session and are available for your own personal learning on a day and time of your choosing.

• This course has no assignments, quizzes, tests or exams.

• You will not need to purchase any additional course materials for your child.

• Parents are welcome to attend and sit in class with their child, or enjoy some relaxing downtime in our lounge. Course fees include tea/coffee/snack at each session, so help yourself!

• Alternatively, you can drop your child off but we are not responsible to look after them outside of class time.

• There are no refunds for missed classes. If you miss a class, you can watch the video recording!

• Any Term can be taken independently of the others, and there are no prerequisites for any of the Term courses.

• If, however, this course is cancelled due to insufficient enrolments please note that your registration fee will either be refunded in full or you may select to receive a course credit. Your choice!


All materials are included in the course fees.

• Your child only needs to show up.

• A notebook and a writing implement may be useful if your child is old enough to take notes.


A keen desire for your kids to begin learning Hindi!

• There are no prerequisites for this course.

• This course is open to children aged 5-10 years only.

• Older Children may enrol in any of our other Hindi courses at different levels.