If you don’t have time to work in an Indian restaurant or go on an extended trip to South Asia right now, this may be a good time to schedule 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 small fee. I can also provide lessons via telephone and Skype.
I have recently switched to a sliding payment scale, due to the (upward) sliding cost of living in my own life. For those well-established in a lucrative job or people being reimbursed by a corporate entity, it’s $59-$75 per one-hour lesson. For less-established or younger people, $40-49. Please let me know where you think you fit in on the scale.
Classes of three or more people can be arranged at $20 per student, and semi-private lessons of two people are $25 per student. Right now (spring/summer 2016) I am offering a beginning class and an advanced beginning/intermediate class. Contact me for more information on rates and/or group classes.
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.
Private or Group Lessons?
If your goal is to improve your conversation, often it’s best to have private lessons, in which the focus is all on you. But some students prefer the pace and atmosphere of a group, in which you get do a bit more listening, respond to different types of speakers, and get input from different people, with their different learning styles and questions that may be different from yours. Speaking is the one skill you can’t really practice on your own, so it’s important to get that practice as much as possible during class. Also, for most students, the hardest thing to achieve in a foreign language is verbal fluency, perhaps because of limited opportunities to practice, so it can certainly make sense to stick to private or semi-private lessons, unless you have opportunities outside of class to practice speaking.
It’s more useful to do study a few minutes of Hindi-Urdu every day than to study for even several hours once a week. The brain really seems to respond better if you can keep a foreign language on the tip of your tongue. So I try to help you find recordings, online resources, movies, and other listening and interactive resources to use between lessons. Some are also listed on the Resources page of this site.