Language Classes

Language Classes:

EarthDiverse is pleased to announce the start of a new language programme designed for those who do not read, write or speak a foreign language, and for non-native speakers to better engage with native speakers. The courses begin at introductory levels in 2019 Term 3 and will continue in Term 4 and beyond.

At EarthDiverse, we believe that language is culture, and there is no true understanding of other cultures unless we make an effort to learn non-English languages. If we truly wish to engage with others we must begin to learn some of the other spoken languages and written alphabets of our diverse earth. We have the capacity!

Language learning can be fun and engaging, and is a great way to exercise our brains.

The first languages on offer in 2019 will be:

  • Hindi – हिन्दी
  • Hebrew – עִבְרִית‎

Hindi and Hebrew classes begin in 2019 Term 3, during the week beginning Monday 29 July 2019.

LOCATION: all language classes are held at Artmakers Trust, Norris Ward Park Arts Centre, 2 Seddon Road, Hamilton. The carpark entrance is off Seddon Road at the back of Norris Ward Park. The classroom is immediately to the left of the Waikato Society of Potters studio. There is plenty of free parking available in the carpark just outside the classroom. Bikes are also welcomed!

• HINDI (हिन्दी) CLASSES:

  • HINDI classes (Term 3) are taught weekly on Friday afternoons from 4:00-5:30pm beginning on Friday 2 August and run for 8 weeks through to Friday 20 September 2019.  Term 4 classes begin on Friday 18 October and run for 8 weeks, ending on Friday 6 December 2019.
  • Term 3 classes will begin with learning the Devanāgrī (देवनागरी) script, writing and reading practice, and include basic introductory grammar and conversation.
  • Term 4 classes will continue with Introductory grammar lessons, conversation, and reading and writing.
  • Classes are taught by Dr Todd Nachowitz, who has been studying Hindi and Urdu since 1978, and has lived and worked in India and Pakistan during the 1980s and 1990s. Todd has taught Hindi and Urdu at both Syracuse University in upstate New York and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the United States, as well as for the University of California-Berkeley while he was Field Director of the Berkley Urdu Language Programme (BULPIP) in Lahore, Pakistan.
  • Cost per person per Term (8 classes):
  • Waged: $104 (includes $4 online registration fee)
  • Unwaged (unemployed, students, seniors): $84 (includes $4 online registration fee)

AGES: Our Hindi class is generally for teens and adults, but children aged 10 and above can be considered for the class. If you are interested in a separate class for younger children below the age of 10, please contact us at <info @ earthdiverse.org.nz> as there are currently other parents who are interested as well. We’d be pleased to be able to offer another class for young children once we have enough interest.

TO REGISTER for our Hindi class, please go to our Registration page by clicking on the ‘Registration’ link in the Main Menu above, or by clicking here. Then scroll down to the appropriate section under Hindi Language classes and choose the correct ‘Pay Now’ button to initiate registration and payment.

Please contact us at <info @ earthdiverse.org.nz> if you wish to join a class currently in session.


• HEBREW (עִבְרִית) CLASSES:

  • HEBREW classes (for Terms 3 & 4) are taught on Wednesday evenings from 6:00-7:30pm beginning on Wednesday 31 July and run on the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of each month during school Terms. Classes will also be held in months (i.e. October) that include a 5th Wednesday.
    • There are 5 classes each Term
    • Term 3 classes on 31 Jul, 14 Aug, 28 Aug and 11 Sep and 25 Sep 2019
    • Term 4 classes on 23 Oct, 30 Oct, 13 Nov, 27 Nov and 11 Dec 2019
  • Classes are taught by our Kiwi-Israeli Instructor Benny Tobias.
  • Cost per person per Term (5 classes per Term):
    • Waged: $66.50
    • Unwaged (unemployed, students, seniors): $54
    • Costs include a per person per Term $4 online registration fee

TO REGISTER for our Term 3 Hebrew class, please go to our Registration page by clicking on the ‘Registration’ link in the Main Menu above, or by clicking here. Then scroll down to the appropriate section under Hebrew language classes and choose the correct ‘Pay Now’ button to initiate registration and payment.

Please contact us at <info @ earthdiverse.org.nz> if you wish to join a class currently in session.

• ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE CLASSES:

  • Urdu – اُردُو classes will begin in 2020

If you are interested in teaching a language that is not usually taught in New Zealand, we are interested in talking with you! Drop us a line at <info @ earthdiverse.org.nz>. We plan to offer classes in Arabic, Punjabi, and other languages in 2020.

 If you are interested in attending any of these classes or would like additional information, please drop us an email at <info @ earthdiverse.org.nz>.

Page last updated 3 August 2019.