If you can’t go on an extended trip to South Asia right now, this may be a good time for Hindi-Urdu tutoring or classes. Meetings can be scheduled as often as you like, and at flexible times, depending on availability. I usually teach at my house in West Cambridge, but can travel to nearby locations for a fee. I also provide lessons remotely via Skype.
For the well-established or those being reimbursed by a corporate entity, the cost is $65-$80 per one-hour lesson; for less-established or younger people, or those working for the greater good at lower salaries, $55-$65. Group lessons are cheaper at $25 per person (generally class size is three to four people). Semi-private lessons for two people are $30-40 per student.
Some students prefer the pace and atmosphere of group lessons, in which you can share cultural experiences with your classmates, respond to different types of speakers, and gain insights from different people, with their different learning styles and questions that may be different from yours. However, the scheduling can be a bit more difficult, and it may take some time for me to find other students at your level.
On the other hand, if you are at an intermediate or advanced level, and/or have particular thematic or cultural areas you would like to focus on, then private lessons may be best.
Conversation is the one skill you can’t really practice alone, so for most students it’s important to get conversational practice during class, whether it be private or group. I do try to provide a lot of speaking practice during all types of classes. I will also try to help you develop contacts in the community so that you can practice outside of class, and introduce you to various recordings, online resources, learning apps, movies, cultural events, and other resources to help you use your Hindi-Urdu between lessons. Some are also listed on the Resources page of this site.
If for some reason, the cost is untenable for you, please let me know and we’ll see what we can figure out.
I also offer a limited number of Hindi-Urdu lessons through the Boston-area time bank, Time Trade Circle (TTC). If you are interested in joining TTC, lessons are free of any monetary cost, but are paid for according to time spent. You would provide any service you want to other time bank members and bank the time you earn, which you can then spend on Hindi lessons or other services you need. The TTC is a wonderful resource, and I have received many great services through them, including petsitting, rides to the airport, Spanish and French lessons, Reiki massage, and help with my bewitching website. TTC gives you five free hours when you join, but you need to attend a one-hour orientation first. Check the TTC website for more information and upcoming orientation dates and times.