Urdu Language Classes

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Term 3 Registration and payment is available now on our Registration page.

Our Introductory Urdu language classes begin with a focus on learning the Nastaʿlīq (نستعلیق) script and basic conversation and vocabulary. Subsequent Terms reinforce both reading and writing, and focus on grammar, conversation and vocabulary.

EarthDiverse currently offers the following Urdu language classes on a rotating basis:

  • Urdu 101: Introductory Urdu – Term 1
  • Urdu 102: Introductory Urdu – Term 2
  • Urdu 103: Introductory Urdu – Term 3 (currently offered 2020 Term 3)
  • Urdu 104: Introductory Urdu – Term 4
  • Urdu 201: Intermediate Urdu – Term 1
  • Urdu 202: Intermediate Urdu – Term 2
  • Urdu 203: Intermediate Urdu – Term 3
  • Urdu 204: Intermediate Urdu – Term 4

The first series of Introductory Urdu classes (101-104) will continue throughout 2020. Intermediate Urdu (201-204) will be offered during the 2021 year.

Our 2020 Urdu classes are generally for adults and teens. If you are interested in a separate class for younger children that does not focus on literacy, please contact us via the Contact form on our Contact page as there may be other parents who are interested as well, in which case it may be possible to add a short spoken language class for young children.

Faisal Masjid, Islamabad

The following Urdu class is currently being offered in Hamilton in 2020 Term 3:

URDU 101-104: INTRODUCTORY URDU – Terms 14

Our Introductory Urdu 101 course is specifically designed for adults (and older teens) who do not know how to read, write or speak the Urdu language, and who are unfamiliar with the Nastaʿlīq (نستعلیق) script. Subsequent Urdu 102-104 courses continue with reading and writing, grammar and vocabulary. These courses are taught on a rolling basis throughout the year. The 2020 Term 3 course is Urdu 103 and continues on from Urdu 101 and Urdu 102.

Term 1 Introductory classes began with learning Nastaʿlīq script, writing and reading practice, and include basic introductory grammar and some conversation. Term 2 classes will continue with Nastaʿlīq reading and writing practice, and will continue with introductory grammar, vocabulary, and conversation. Adults and older teens who already understand and speak Urdu, but who do not know how to read and write in Nastaʿlīq, may chose to enroll in the Term 1 course only.

Introductory Urdu 101-104 is currently offered this year on Tuesday afternoons from 4:00-5:30pm during school Terms. Each Term consists of 8 weekly classes. Urdu 103 Term 3 classes begin on Tuesday 28 July 2020 and run for eight successive weeks, with the last class of the Term held on Tuesday 15 September 2020. Subsequent classes (Urdu 104) will be held in the same time slot for the rest of the year.

DISTANCE-LEARNING OPTIONS: Our Introductory Urdu courses offer distance learning options for those unable to attend classes in-person. Live-streamed classes are available via free Zoom software, or those unable to attend the date and time of the actual class sessions can watch the live-recorded video sessions on their computers, laptops, tablets or mobile devices and study at their own pace. These recorded sessions will be available soon after each class finishes so that you may watch the recorded video via any web-browser at your leisure. Your instructor will provide details on how to access your classes before your course begins.

Cost per person per Term (8 classes):

  • Waged: $104 (includes $4 online registration fee)
  • Unwaged (unemployed, students, seniors): $84 (includes $4 online registration fee)

The course fee includes all teaching materials. Individual notebooks for note taking are not provided. Students must bring their own notebooks and pens/pencils.


Term 3 Registration and payment information can be found on our Registration page.


COURSE MATERIALS: An “Introductory Urdu” text, written by Dr Todd Nachowitz, is included in the course fees. These are currently being distributed in class as handouts or PDF files, but will comprise a completed textbook once the course is completed. Students should purchase a loose-leaf binder and a notebook for taking notes.

INSTRUCTOR: 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 studied Hindi under the tutelage of Dr Tej Bhatia of Syracuse University, (1978-1980) and Pandit Virendra Singh of Varanasi (1980-1988), and studied Urdu under the direction of Dr Muhammad Umar Memon at the University of Wisconsin, Ustad Qamar Jalil of Lahore, Pakistan, and with Urdu Calligrapher Ustad Shor Sahab (also of Lahore) since 1983. Todd has taught both Hindi and Urdu at Syracuse University in upstate New York, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the United States, as Director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s College Year in India Programme in Varanasi (1985-1988), and as Field Director of the University of California-Berkeley’s Berkley Urdu Language Programme in Pakistan (BULPIP) in Lahore in 1991-1992.

Dr Todd Nachowitz, Humayan’s Tomb, New Delhi, India, February 2015.

LOCATION: all language classes are held at Artmakers Trust, Norris Ward Park Arts Centre, 2 Seddon Road, Hamilton, located on the corner of Ward Street and Seddon Road. 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!

To REGISTER for our Urdu 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 Urdu Language classes and choose the correct ‘Pay Now’ button to initiate registration and payment.

page last updated on 9 July 2020.