Countdown timer

Remember, it's never too late to register for a class, even after it's begun. You can always catch up with any sessions you may have missed by watching the video recordings of previous sessions. The time remaining to register before the first class session is below, so stop hesitating and get to it!

  • 00 Days
  • 00 Hours
  • 00 Minutes
  • 00 Seconds


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

  • • Intermediate Urdu 303, Part 7 is offered Term 1 (Feb-Apr) and Term 3 (Jul-Sep) each year, pending sufficient enrolment.

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

Date & Time:

Begins Friday 2 Aug 2024 (NZ time), or Thursday 1 August 6:00pm (US Eastern time)

  • • Our 2024 Term 3 Intermediate Urdu 303 course meets on Fridays via Zoom from 10:00-11:30am beginning on 2 Aug 2024 (New Zealand time). The course meets for 8 consecutive weekly sessions. The final session will be held on Friday 20 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 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 the next day.

  • Honolulu, Hawai’i: begins Thu 1 Aug 2024, 12:00-1:30pm

  • US Pacific: begins Thu 1 Aug 2024, 3:00-4:30pm

  • US Central: begins Thu 1 Aug 2024, 5:00-6:30pm

  • US Eastern: begins Thu 1 Aug 2024, 6:00-7:30 pm

  • London, UK: begins Thu 1 Aug 2024, 11:00pm-12:30am

  • New Delhi, India: begins Fri 2 Aug 2024, 3:30-5:00am

  • Bangkok, Thailand: begins Fri 2 Aug 2024, 5:00-6:30am

  • Singapore/Shanghai: begins Fri 2 Aug 2024, 6:00-7:30am

  • Tokyo, Japan: begins Fri 2 Aug 2024, 7:00-8:30am

  • Sydney, Australia: begins Fri 2 Aug 2024, 8:00-9:30am

YouTube Stars Karl Rock & Manisha Endorse EarthDiverse!

8 January 2023


Urdu 303: Intermediate Urdu, Part 7

  • • Our Intermediate Urdu 303, Part 7 course continues on from Introductory Urdu 101-104 and Intermediate 201-302, with additional conversation, vocabulary and grammar with an emphasis on speaking and listening comprehension. During subsequent Terms (Intermediate Urdu 304 and beyond) we continue to emphasise spoken Urdu grammar and new vocabulary, as well as add additional reading, proper pronunciation and comprehension exercises. Learning about Pakistani and North Indian culture is an integral a part of our study.

  • • This Urdu 303 course is a continuation of our Intermediate Urdu series (Part 7) taught over 8 school terms specifically designed for Intermediate Urdu learners. Our language and culture courses focus on teaching and learning only, and we do not expect you to study outside of class nor do we assign homework. Come and spend 12 class hours per Term (eight 1.5 hour weekly classes) learning Urdu and its culture, and have some fun too! All of our language classes are designed for busy people.

  • • Subsequent Term courses continue with Intermediate Urdu (i.e. our Urdu 304 courses and beyond) and continue to include additional reading and comprehension practice, grammar, vocabulary, and conversation and will continue in the same time slot for the duration of the full course.

Course curriculum

    1. EarthDiverse Course Information

    2. EarthDiverse Zoom Instructions PDF

    1. “Introductory Urdu” textbook by Dr Todd Nachowitz, PhD (updated 10 March 2024 with complete Chapter 4)

    2. Link to access Quizlet EarthDiverse Urdu flashcard sets:

Additional course info:

  • Video and PDF content of class presentations or whiteboard notes are uploaded 1-2 days after each live session
  • Begins on Fri 2 Aug 2024 (NZ)
  • NZ time: Fridays 10:00-11:30am

Meet our Instructor:

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 Centre 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.

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

  • • 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 are in New Zealand dollars and include GST. • Unwaged includes students, seniors, retirees and unemployed. • Prices remain the same regardless of your chosen method for accessing this course.


Those who cannot make the class meeting day and time 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.

  • • 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!


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

• Intermediate Urdu materials will be used throughout the course and are included in the course fees. These will be distributed as PDF files and posted to the course web page each week, which you can print at home and add to your own loose-leaf notebook.

• You will require a pen or pencil, a notebook for taking notes, and perhaps a recording app on your phone to record yourself and your spoken progress.

• Any notes that your instructor writes on the class whiteboard will also be posted as a digital PDF file on the course web page so that you can print these out at home and add them to your own notebook.

• An “Introductory Urdu” text is included in the course fees. This is currently available as a PDF file for download from the course webpage once you have completed the registration process and can access your Dashboard.


A keen desire to continue your Urdu language journey!

  • • Completion of Introductory Urdu 101-104 and Intermediate Urdu 201-302, or equivalent.

  • • If you are already familiar with the Urdu script and have sufficient introductory grammar, vocabulary and basic conversational ability you may be eligible to take this course.

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