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, for first or second generation children of migrants who wish to speak their Heritage Language, and for non-native Kiwi speakers to better engage with native speakers. The 2019 classes begin at introductory levels in Term 3 and continue in Term 4 and beyond.

The first language classes on offer in Terms 3 & 4 in 2019 are:

  • Hindi – हिन्दी
  • Hebrew – עִבְרִית‎

Our current Term 4 Hebrew class begins again on Wednesday 16 October 2019 and will run for eight successive weeks, with the last class of the year held on Wednesday 4 December 2019. Our current Term 4 Hindi class begins again on Friday 18 October 2019 and runs for eight successive weeks, with the last class of the year held on Friday 6 December 2019.

2020 CLASSES: Three new introductory classes in Hindi, the first a day class for young children aged 5-9, an after-school class for kids aged 10-17, and an evening adult class, will all begin during Term 1 in February 2020. A new Hebrew class starting from scratch will also start up again in February 2020. Also, a class in the Urdu language, including the teaching of the Urdu script, will begin in February 2020. Please drop us a line to register your interest in these new classes so that we can begin to schedule days and times for these classes.

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.

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 4) are taught weekly on Friday afternoons from 4:00-5:30pm beginning on Friday 18 October and run for 8 weeks through to Friday 6 December 2019.  
  • Term 3 classes began with learning the Devanāgrī (देवनागरी) script, writing and reading practice, and included basic introductory grammar and some conversation.
  • Term 4 classes will continue with Devanāgrī (देवनागरी) script reading and writing practice, and will continue with introductory grammar, vocabulary, and conversation
  • an “Introductory Hindi” text, written by Dr Todd Nachowitz and Virendra Singh, is included in the course fees.
  • 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 2019 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 will offer specially-tailored classes for children and young adults beginning in February 2020.

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 are taught on Wednesday evenings from 6:00-7:30pm during the school Terms. Term 4 classes begin again on Wednesday 16 October 2019 and run for eight weeks through to Wednesday 4 December.
  • Classes are taught by our Kiwi-Israeli Instructor Benny Tobias.
  • Cost per person per Term (8 classes per Term):
    • Waged: $104
    • Unwaged (unemployed, students, seniors): $84
    • Costs include a per person per Term $4 online registration fee

A second registration option exists for those who, for a variety of reasons, are unable to attend all 8 classes. This option would allow participants to select any five classes throughout the eight-session Term and attend only those five sessions.

  • 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 4 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. Make sure you chose the appropriate fee (waged or unwaged) for the number of sessions (8 or 5) you wish to attend.

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

• ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE CLASSES:

  • Urdu – اُردُو classes, including the teaching of the Nastaʿlīq (نستعلیق) script, will begin in February 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 28 September 2019.