URDU (اُردُو) LANGUAGE COURSES:

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Study Urdu with EarthDiverse!

Urdu is an Indo-Aryan language spoken widely across South Asia. It is also the national language of Pakistan. Urdu is spoken by approximately 66 million South Asians who speak it as their mother tongue. It is the 11th most widely spoken language in the world with an estimated 170 million speakers worldwide, including those who speak it as a second language. The ghazals of Urdu poetry are often considered amongst the world’s highest linguistic achievements.

TERM 4 URDU COURSES BEGIN THE WEEK STARTING MONDAY 17 OCTOBER 2022.

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.

Our Urdu courses are for those wishing to study the Urdu language, spoken across Pakistan and India, and in the South Asian diaspora. Our Urdu 101 course is also specially designed to teach the Urdu script, and is perfect for Urdu speakers who never learned to read and write, and for native Hindi speakers who may also wish to learn how to read and write in Urdu’s Nastaʿlīq (نستعلیق) script, e.g. Urdu for Hindi Speakers.

EarthDiverse currently offers the following Urdu language classes on a rotating and evolving basis, with new intakes of students in Urdu 101 beginning twice a year, in Term 1 (February) and again in Term 3 (July-August). 101 & 103 courses are offered in Terms 1 & 3 each year, and 102 & 104 courses are offered in Terms 2 & 4 each year. If you have some elementary understanding, you may consider starting in a 102 or 103 course as well. When completing one 8-week course, each cohort can begin advancing to the next course in the series.

EarthDiverse offers the following Urdu language courses on a rotating basis:

 

LOCATION: EarthDiverse Centre, 401 Anglesea Street, Hamilton Central, Hamilton, on-line via Zoom, or through video recordings of our live-streamed sessions posted 1-2 days after each class.

DISTANCE-LEARNING OPTIONS: Our 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: NZ$150 per person per term (includes GST + online registration fee)
  • Unwaged (unemployed, students, seniors): NZ$125 (includes GST + online registration fee)

URDU COURSES OFFERED IN 2022 TERM 4 (Oct-Dec) ARE:

URDU COURSES OFFERED IN 2023 TERM 1 (Feb-Apr) ARE:

FOR DETAILED INFORMATION ON EACH COURSE, AND THE TIME ZOME EQUIVALENTS IN OTHER COUNTRIES, PEASE CLICK ON THE APPROPRIATE TILE BELOW:

FLASH! March 2022: We had a lovely visit this week with Deputy High Commissioner Mariya Abdul Ghafoor from the High Commission of Pakistan. The High Commision in Wellington has gifted EarthDiverse a collection of Urdu textbooks from their national curriculum for our Urdu language programme at EarthDiverse. Watch her brief (30 second) greeting below.

!بہت بہت شکریہ پاکستان

July 2021: EarthDiverse and its Urdu Language programme are featured on Karl Rock’s fabulously successful You Tube channel: