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Offered:

Please note that this course is a Zoom only course and there is no in-person component.

  • • This course is offered as a live-streamed course via Zoom, and as video recordings of the live sessions if you cannot attend the regularly scheduled class.

    • This conversational course is offered each Term throughout the year.

Date & Time:

Begins Sunday 28 July 2024

  • • Our 2024 Term 3 Conversational Hindi course meets on Sundays from 5:30-6:30pm beginning on Sunday 28 July 2024 (New Zealand time) and continues for eight consecutive weekly sessions. The last class of the Term is held on Sunday 15 Sep 2024.

  • • If you live outside of New Zealand and wish to Zoom in to our live class sessions, check the nearest local Time Zone equivalents below:

  • • This Conversational Hindi course will be held in the same time slot each Term.

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 the next day.

  • Honolulu, Hawai’i: begins Sat 27 July 2024, 7:30-8:30pm

  • US Pacific: begins Sat 27 July 2024, 10:30-11:30pm

  • US Eastern: begins Sun 28 July 2024, 1:30-2:30am

  • London, UK: begins Sun 28 July 2024, 6:30-7:30am

  • Paris, France: begins Sun 28 July 2024, 7:30-8:30am

  • New Delhi, India: begins Sun 28 July 2024, 11:00am-12:00pm

  • Bangkok, Thailand: begins Sun 28 July 2024, 12:30-1:30pm

  • Singapore: begins Sun 28 July 2024, 1:30-2:30pm

  • Tokyo, Japan: begins Sun 28 July 2024, 2:30-3:30pm

  • Sydney, Australia: begins Sun 28 July 2024, 3:30-4:30pm

Description:

Conversational Hindi with Annu

  • • This is part of a series of ongoing Conversational Practice courses taught throughout the year for those wishing to supplement their regular ongoing Hindi classes with conversational practice. All of our language programmes focus on acquiring conversational skills, and learning about local culture. Our courses are designed for busy people: we do not expect you to study outside of class, nor do we assign homework (unless you’d like some!). Come and spend 8 class hours per Term (eight 1 hour weekly classes) practicing your Hindi and learning about Indian culture with Annu, and have some fun too!

  • • Our Hindi 503: Conversational Hindi course is specifically designed for adults (and children over 10 yrs) from any level of our Hindi langauge courses (Introductory, Intermediate or Advanced) who wish to supplement their language learning through conversational practice. It is also for those who understand basic Hindi grammar, can read Devanāgarī, and who simply wish to practice speaking in Hindi. Our Conversational Hindi course is specifically designed for adults (and children over 10 yrs) who are ready for an hour of conversation classes in a group setting. These sessions are conducted live via Zoom only and there is no in-person component.

  • • Subsequent Term courses continue with Conversational Hindi and continue to include additional listening, speaking, and comprehension practice, grammar and vocabulary and will continue in the same time slot on Sundays as long as interest in Conversational practice continues.

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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 Course Information

    2. EarthDiverse Zoom instructions

    3. Link to EarthDiverse's Hindi flashcard sets at Quizlet.com

Additional course info:

  • Videos and any PDF content of class presentations or whiteboard notes are uploaded weekly after each live session.
  • Begins Sunday 28 July 2024
  • NZ time: Sundays 5:30-6:30pm

Meet our Instructor:

Hindi Instructor Annu Singh

Annu Singh, a proud native of Jaipur, has been immersed in the world of Hindi language and culture from a young age. Growing up in Varanasi, she inherited a deep appreciation for her native tongue from her father and guru Mr. Virendra Singh, an internationally revered Hindi teacher and pioneer in teaching Hindi as a foreign language. Inspired by his teachings and fueled by her own passion, Annu pursued her academic journey, earning a Bachelor's degree (BA) in vocal Music and her Master's degree (MA) in Hindi from Kashi Hindu University in Varanasi. With over two decades of experience, Annu has taught Hindi to students of all levels, from beginners to advanced, honing her skills and expertise along the way. She has also worked as a research assistant and translator to many scholars. Alongside her dedication to her craft, Annu is also a devoted wife and mother to her 18-year-old daughter who is also a language enthusiast and a science student.

In Annu’s classes, learning is all about joining a vibrant community where warmth, laughter, and genuine connections thrive. Through her engaging teaching style, she creates a welcoming space where students feel empowered to explore the language at their own pace. With a focus on conversation, she encourages her students to embrace the language organically, fostering not only linguistic proficiency but also a sense of community and friendship. Her approach is practical and she tailors lessons based on students’ needs.

Beyond the classroom, Annu is deeply committed to promoting Hindi language and culture. Whether she's organizing cultural events or sharing her knowledge with others, she works to preserve and celebrate the richness of Hindi heritage. With her enthusiasm and dedication, Annu inspires all learners and helps them delve into the beauty of the Hindi language. She strongly believes that language is the bridge to connecting cultures and guides us on our path to understand the food, culture, and lifestyles India.

Location:

This is a live-streamed course only and accessible via Zoom or via video recordings.

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.
Location

Distance Learning:

This course is offered via distance learning only and has no in-person component.

  • 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.

  • • Our Live-streamed Hamilton classes are available via free Zoom software. 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 on the date and time of the scheduled Zoom 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.

Price:

• One price only. Price is in New Zealand dollars and includes GST. • Price remains the same regardless of your chosen method for accessing this course.

Notes:

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.

  • • Any Term can be taken independently of the others.

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

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

    • All classes encourage questions and group discussion.

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

    • Guests of registered participants are welcome to attend a single session without registering.

    • 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!

Materials:

All materials are included in the course fees. These are developed by our instructors and distributed as PDF files on the course webpage.

  • • Course materials (if any) are provided to all registered students as digital materials made available to you on the course webpage for download (accessible after registration). There is no need to purchase any additional textbooks for this course, although you may choose to do so to supplement your learning.

  • • 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 a digital whiteboard are posted to the class webpage on your dashboard as a PDF file so that you can print these out at home and add them to your own notebook.

Prerequisites:

A keen desire to practice speaking Hindi!

  • No prerequisites if you are already familiar with the Devanāgrī script and have some familiarity with Hindi grammar or spoken Hindi.

  • This course is open to all learners aged 10 years and above.