Term 2 (May-June) and Term 4 (October-December) each year.

Date and Time:

Our 2022 Term 4 course meets on Tuesdays beginning 18 October 2022 from 7:00-8:30pm (NZ time) and meets for 8 consecutive weeks, with our last session on Tuesday 6 December 2022. Subsequent classes (Hindi 201-204) will be held in the same time slot for each cohort.

Time Zone Equivalents:

for live streaming Zoom sessions from New Zealand

  • Honolulu, Hawai’i: begins Mon 17 Oct 2022, 8:00-9:30pm

  • US Pacific: begins Mon 17 Oct 2022, 11:00pm-12:30am

  • US Eastern: begins Tue 18 Oct 2022, 2:00-3:30am

  • London, UK: begins Tue 18 Oct 2022, 7:00-8:30am

  • Paris, France: begins Tue 18 Oct 2022, 8:00-9:30am

  • New Delhi, India: begins Tue 18 Oct 2022, 11:30am-1:00pm

  • Bangkok, Thailand: begins Tue 18 Oct 2022, 1:00-2:30pm

  • Singapore: begins Tue 18 Oct 2022, 2:00-3:30pm

  • Sydney, Australia: begins Tue 18 Oct 2022, 5:00-6:30pm


Introductory Hindi 104 continues with reinforcing the Devanāgarī (देवनागरी) script, writing and reading practice, and includes continued introductory grammar, vocabulary and conversation. Subsequent Terms continue to reinforce both reading and writing and focus on teaching new grammar, conversation and vocabulary.

Who can take this course?

Our Introductory Hindi 104 course is specifically designed for adults (and children over 10 yrs) who have completed the Hindi 101-103 courses and who wish to continue their language learning. This class may also be suitable for new students who can already read and write in Devanāgarī, but who may have basic Hindi grammar and vocabulary skills. If you are a potential new student and may wish to enrol.

Meet our Intructor

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.


All in-person classes are held at the EarthDiverse offices and classrooms located at 401 Anglesea Street, Hamilton Central, Hamilton (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.


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. These options can be mixed and matched throughout the course to suit your own availability and location.

Distance-Learning options:

  • 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. Unwaged includes students, seniors and retirees.

Course curriculum

  1. 1
    • 20221018 T4.1 Hindi 104 class notes

    • 20221018 T4.1 Hindi 104 video

  2. 2
    • 20221025 T4.2 Hindi 104 class notes

    • 20221025 T4.2 Hindi 104 video

  3. 3
    • 20221108 T4.3 Hindi 104 class notes

    • 20221108 T4.3 Hindi 104 video

  4. 4
    • 20221115 T4.4 Hindi 104 class notes

    • 20221115 T4.4 Hindi 104 video

  5. 5
    • 20221122 T4.5 Hindi 104 class notes

    • 20221122 T4.5 Hindi 104 video

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    • 20221129 T4.6 Hindi 104 class notes

    • 20221129 T4.6 Hindi 104 video

Prerequisites :

Hindi 101-103, or no prerequisites if you are already familiar with the Devanāgrī script but are unfamiliar with Hindi grammar or spoken Hindi.


An “Introductory Hindi” text is included in the course fees. This is posted on the course webpage and is available once you have registered for the course. You will only require a pen or pencil, a notebook for taking your own class notes, and a loose-leaf binder. Any notes that our instructor writes on the class whiteboard will be posted a digital PDF to the course webpage so that you can print these out at home and add them to your own notebook.

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