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#331 Aug 14th, 2017, 01:04
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Check with Redburn Lodge.
#332 Aug 14th, 2017, 11:29
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Thanks!

OK, I just noticed something very important, that, somehow, I seem to not have noticed before. That's what happens when stupid me reads things in a hurry...

I was under the impression that the fees stated on LLS's website referred to daily fees. But now, after reading it more carefully, it seems that those fees refer to each hourly (50 minute, actually) lesson.

So, if the full Introductory Hindi Course consists of 240 classes, and the fee for each private class is 575 rupees, does that mean that, after 12 weeks, I'll end up paying 138 000 rupees for tuition alone?! Please, say it ain't so... I mean, that's around 1800 euros!

Wasn't LLS supposed to be affordable? I mean, that's what I had read in a few places...
#333 Aug 14th, 2017, 11:43
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Originally Posted by O Rei do Frango View Post I mean, that's what I had read in a few places...
Maybe it was for those who mentioned it was affordable.


The website also mentions

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*Students can be enrolled for a shorter period of time but in any case not less than for a period of two weeks.
#334 Aug 14th, 2017, 11:58
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Stay at Doma's Inn for a couple of days. It's relatively cheaper to the other options mentioned.

You are bound to meet the owner, Tashi Choden there in your first day or so. Tashi has his own house there and gives it out on a room basis to LLS students. You can check availability with him. His house is bang opposite Rokeby Manor's bar, Stray Dog: Stubli and is at most a 200 metres walk from LLS. He also has bikes to rent out. Would be much cheaper than the accommodation being quoted to you.

The other options are to ask at Chaar Dukaan (if I remember correctly, behind it some old lady gives out her room for rent and meals) and then on the other side of Sisters Bazaar near Prakash's store. But easier to walk there and enquire, no chance you're getting information online.
#335 Aug 14th, 2017, 12:34
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Thanks a lot for tips, guys! I think I'll do just that. See if I get a place to stay for a couple of days and then look around for options. The truth is, while travelling around India, I never book accommodation. I just show up at the place and look around and that method always seems to work best. Lower prices and I see what I'm getting before agreeing to anything. But, since I don't know the situation in Landour, which sounds kind of isolated and always booked up by students...
I'm actually thinking of, long term, staying somewhere around the Bazaar or even Mussoorie proper (if it's not all that far), as I really want to be able to deal with Hindi-speaking people as much as I can, outside of classes. No point in learning Hindi in India, if I'm just going to be speaking English all the time.

Though, right now, I'll have to decide quickly about whether I'm really going to study there. I was so preoccupied with the visa matter, that hadn't even looked properly into the fees (hardly an insignificant matter, I know...).
I mean, spending 3 months in Mussoorie learning Hindi seems like a great experience, and I've been reading great things about LLS (and some not-so-good things too, but, overall, people seem to be happy with it), but spending 138 000 rupees on tuition alone, over a period of 3 months, would seriously impact the rest of my travel-around-India plans...
And I am aware that I can also study there for just 2 weeks, but I'd really like to be able to finish a full course. After all, if I'm spending my time and money there, I'd like to leave the place with the feeling that I actually learned something and I don't really see what I could learn in just 2 or 3 weeks, so, even though it would be less money, I'd probably consider that amount of money to have been wasted...
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Eons ago, I met a person in Sao Paulo. BR who spoke Hindi very well. It so happened that she was an Consular Officer for Portugal, who had done one stint in New Delhi in the '80s. She learnt her language from the local University.

Maybe you could avail of such a course from Lisbon cheaper than at this school ?
#337 Aug 14th, 2017, 16:12
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Originally Posted by nycank View Post Eons ago, I met a person in Sao Paulo. BR who spoke Hindi very well. It so happened that she was an Consular Officer for Portugal, who had done one stint in New Delhi in the '80s. She learnt her language from the local University.

Maybe you could avail of such a course from Lisbon cheaper than at this school ?
I know I certainly can. The thing is learning Hindi in India would be much more effective and enjoyable. I'd have no chance to practice in Portugal and it would be tough to stay motivated.

I'm in Srinagar now. Dharamshala is not far... I do know that there's quite a bit of choice in McLeodganj, with private tutors and such. I've also come upon McLeodganj's Om Yoga's website and they say they also have Hindi lessons there. I've emailed them and they said that it is 6000 rupees for 15 days (2 hours a day). It wasn't clear whether those 15 days are actually 15 days of classes, or if it's just two weeks in which we have classes from Monday to Friday, though...
I didn't manage to find any opinions regarding Om Yoga's Hindi lessons, only about its yoga classes (whose reviews went from "really good" to "terrible, the teachers are so negligent and don't give a shit").

Anyway, has anyone here taken part in any Hindi lessons at McLeodganj? If so, what's your take on it?
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Originally Posted by O Rei do Frango View Post I know I certainly can. The thing is learning Hindi in India would be much more effective and enjoyable.
That is the key. Whether the places you choose, or are contemplating on choosing, will be effective is debatable. If you want to have serious immersion, then pick a real University's language courses.
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