Student Feedback

I’ve been studying Hindi with Maggie in Cambridge for almost two years now, and I’ve found her to be a wonderful teacher.  Maggie’s extensive knowledge and open, flexible teaching style have helped me progress at various stages of my study. She is excellent at explaining difficult concepts, and she listens carefully to students’ questions and needs.  Maggie also brings her own curiosity to the classes, often taking the time between lessons to look for answer to more challenging questions about nuances of grammar or culture.  I would highly recommend Maggie to any Hindi learner, at any level.  –Adrian Sackson

Maggie is an amazingly thorough and patient Hindi instructor. Working with her helped improve my vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation–and I always looked forward to going to class! –Jen Nash

Maggie is an inspired, patient teacher. She knows and imparts a lot more than book learning and gave me confidence to try out my beginners’ knowledge of Hindi right away.  She also had many suggestions for additional ways to learn and practice, such as recommendations for Hindi DVDs. I highly recommend her! –Sue Reinert

We really appreciated Maggie’s recent help with translating a holiday greeting into Hindi, for use in a special video for our global clients.  She expertly explained the subtle distinctions between certain Hindi words, and patiently advised us on which to use for our particular audience.  She took the time to ensure that we wrote the devanagari script accurately.  “Dhanyawad”–and “shukriya” too–and happy holidays to you, Maggie!  –Don R., CSC (Computer Sciences Corp., Falls Church, Virginia)

13 Responses to Student Feedback

  1. Matthew Schreiner

    I made a trip to India recently, and though I knew no Hindi, Maggie sent me on my way with a cheat-sheet of useful phrases and grammar information, including the most common verbs and conjugations that I would need for basic communication. Though my spoken delivery wasn’t great, I could begin to make myself understood because I had this critical resource. Thanks Maggie, for designing this for me.

  2. Maggie, I was just remembering how thrilled my dear grandparents were to receive your letters written in perfect Urdu and to talk to you over the phone in both English and Urdu! As natives of Lucknow, India, who took immense pride in their beautiful mother tongue and rich traditions, they were delighted that your stay with them in Pakistan, many moons ago, infused you with a passion for South Asian languages and inspired you to study these in depth at Brown University and Harvard–and to become an expert in them. Thank you so much for embracing their/our culture and heritage, and keeping it all alive through your learning and teaching!

  3. I absolutely love Maggie’s teaching style. She is incredibly adaptive and has a way of really ingraining the language in your head. I always leave my lesson feeling like I am truly learning Hindi. One great thing Maggie does is incorporate different types of learning into her lessons. She helps you find outside sources that can help you better your accent when practicing at home. She also provides beneficial charts for those that learn that way (I do!). I recently traveled to India for a summer position and Maggie adequately prepared me for my trip with the time I had. Even when I was in India learning from native speaking teachers, I missed Maggie’s style and looked forward to returning to it. Learning Hindi from an educated speaker that is also a native English speaker allows for a greater depth of study when discussing things like idioms, which takes an in depth knowledge of both languages to teach.

  4. As someone who has had a particularly difficult time with my Hindi listening comprehension skills, I think there’s a lot to be said about the value of Maggie’s diction and pacing for beginner and intermediate learners. She’s definitely helped me up my game in that area. Also, as a grammar hawk, she is very helpful in weeding out any bad habits you might be developing before they have the chance to take root.

  5. A. DeSantis

    After eight months living in India, where it was almost impossible to find a Hindi teacher, I went home to Boston for a month of vacation with plans to take Hindi classes twice weekly. The class I had signed up for was canceled due to low enrollment, but luckily Maggie was happy to help me out at the last minute. I had worked with two non-professional Hindi teachers in Gujarat (one was awful, the other is very nice and somewhat helpful, but not a natural language teacher). Ironically, it was easier to learn Hindi from Maggie than either of the native speakers.

    Now that I have returned to India, I am missing the classes with Maggie. I not only managed to learn more quickly with Maggie, but I was also much better able to remember what I have learned a week or two after class. She is patient and lets you work on ideas for a period that is long enough for you to absorb the material but not so long that it is boring. She also suggested some helpful resources I am still using in India. I highly recommend Maggie for either short-term intensive or long-term lessons for fun or practical purposes.

  6. She is absolutely amazing!! When I emailed her – she was able to meet me the following week. We met on a weekly basis to speak and review grammar. She is familiar with introducing Hindi in a systematic manner so the student progresses with ease. She was quite patient with me as I practiced speaking in Hindi. At the end of each session I knew my skills were improving and I am looking forward to practicing what I have learned on my trip to India.

    I would highly recommend getting in touch with Maggie if you’re interested in learning Hindi!

  7. Kate Long

    I cannot recommend Maggie highly enough! I started working with Maggie in September 2013 and my Hindi has grown by leaps and bounds. She is incredibly knowledgable, extremely patient, and her good humor goes a long way when I am struggling with a new grammatical concept! Maggie really pushed me to dive straight into learning to read and write Devanagari (I had originally only wanted to boost my conversational ability), and I’m so grateful for her guidance. Maggie goes the extra mile to make sure that questions are answered, and is open to teaching Hindi in a variety of ways: conversation, books, movies, and even eating at Indian restaurants together! I plan on continuing to work with Maggie as long as I am a student in the Boston area.

  8. I have enjoyed working with Meggie. I am a slow beginner in Hindi, but she adjusts classes to meet my needs and interests. She finds various ways for us to use our Hindi and makes great suggestions for ways to practice outside of class. She is understanding and patient and finds a good balance between encouraging and understanding other demands in our lives.

  9. I began studying with Maggie a few months ago as a newbie to the east coast. I drive 1.5 hours each way to take her class, and it’s worth it! Before the class, my only exposure to Hindi had been a few Pimsleur chapters and meeting my boyfriend’s parents. Now, after only a few months, Maggie has helped me get to the point that my BF assumes I understand more than I do when we are around friends and family! I think that level of success is because Maggie is flexible in terms of scheduling classes so our small group can always practice together despite our different schedules. She also provides various homework avenues that keep me interested and feel applicable. However, there is not so much homework that I feel burdened by it, and can use that time to do some creative Hindi learning on my own. The classes are light-hearted, but the atmosphere is safe for more serious discussions when I am trying to understand the culture around the language.

  10. Maggie is a wonderful, patient teacher, and I have really enjoyed taking Hindi classes with fellow Americans dating or married to Indian people. I always feel comfortable to try new vocabulary or grammar rules I’ve learned in the encouraging atmosphere of the class. Learning a new language (and script!) in my 30s has definitely been challenging, but Maggie makes it fun with various games and casual conversation about our daily lives in Hindi. I also feel like Maggie and my classmates are a great support group as I navigate the differences between American and Indian culture with my in-laws!

  11. Maggie approaches each student by inquiring on their language needs and designs plans for their success. I have been taking classes with her for a year and have been able to polish my grammar skills and learn about insights into South Asian culture. Maggie utilizes interactive approaches and learning methods like games and YouTube videos that are effective for working professionals. The resources she has have complimented this process and helped me see that learning language later in life does not need the “its too hard” stigma attached to it. Her patience combined with her encouraging attitude create a nurturing space for learning. Maggie also provides real world experiences to use Hindi-Urdu, with meet-ups and restaurant experiences in the Boston area. Highly recommend for those seeking a non-judgmental instructor who will guide you objectively in navigating languages that help you connect with millions worldwide

  12. I like working with Maggie because she has strong roots in teaching the structure of language – rather than what I did at first, which was try to learn from a friend who was a native speaker but hadn’t taught before. She encourages conversation, and assigns just enough homework to keep your practice up so you can improve. She also has really good resources you can use, which help you learn outside of lessons, and was proactive in finding another student I could share lessons with, which was helpful for both group conversation, and sharing costs. She genuinely cares about sharing knowledge and helping you reach your goals, will encourage you to keep practicing and learning, and is always available for questions.

  13. Really appreciated her flexibility. I have more of an eye toward learning Urdu since my wife is Pakistani and Maggie was happy to discuss Hindi/Urdu differences & take that all in stride. I’ve learned a lot here!

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