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#61 Oct 2nd, 2006, 17:11
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Hindi for ipods

Thanks for this link.

Worldnomads is a great company for travel insurance. I was waiting for them to come out with the Hindi on ipod so great to know it has happened. Thank you.
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I'm also interested in studying Hindi in Landour, and I've been wondering whether I should book a course (e.g. the "Intensive Hindi Course") for a certain period (e.g. September to November) in advance in addition to booking accommodation in advance, and how much in advance?


If they have such courses really: It appears to me that students request for a certain number of classes for each week, and hope for the best: To have the requested number of classes, with the requested teachers, etc.

They don't mention booking courses in advance on their web page, so I don't know whether it's possible. I've been scouring the web and the indiamike threads for information, and it appears that Landour is very popular with Hindi students (also groups) almost throughout the year, and I would hate to take time off from work for "nothing" (few classes per few weeks).

I should email them, I know.
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Have you checked out Himalayan Hindi House at www.angelfire.com/indie/himhindi/? Sounds like a very organized environment to me, and maybe more what you are looking for. As for me, I can only get to India in January, so the mountains are out. I'll have to visit my local Dunkin' Donuts shop the other 11 months.
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Hi, I took a look at HHH earlier (I think one IMer has been there), I took another look now, and HHH appears organised (much more school-like and much more expensive, but may be worth the investment), but it also appears that HHH has ONE course per year only? ("6 WEEK ELEMENTARY INTENSIVE COURSE: August to September: Dates to be announced") Plus, "There will be no more than Five students in a course at a time. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis." I should register now if I want a place?! (And I haven't even asked for a study leave... I'm planning only.)


BTW, it appears that HHH is also planning to become Hindi Sanskrit Yoga Trekking Centre ("Sanskrit, Yoga and Trekking: Arrangements are being made to provide these services."):
http://www.geocities.com/hindisanskrit/index.html

I'm not very organised myself, and Landour appears flexible, (I'm thirty something so I wonder whether HHH is too school-like), and Landour/Mussoorie is a better base for exploring the region. Still, my employer and managers don't love India & Hindi quite as much as I do, so if they give me a study leave for studying Hindi in India, I want more to study seriously (and learn) then and less to "explore". I guess...

And I guess I have to write some emails... to Landour / HHH.
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Hey Ploink,

When you say thirties something, you are talking to someone who is fifties something and been through similar situations learning German and Japanese, the latter to help me forget my 50th. Maybe I'm now working on forgetting my 60th.

Anyhow, when you try to immerse there is plenty of adventure in just discovering more intimate things about the culture. I thought HHH could give the structure needed for immersion while using the local mountain color and culture to enhance it. If I weren't duty-bound in the summer I would be there.

This is the director's summer gig back home from Australia. That is why there are only summer courses. Besides, you get to escape the heat of the plains.

Lucky you to have the choice! (If boss agrees)
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Ah, contrabassista, you are right... My M.A. degree certificate is less than a month old, thus I shy away from... erm, school, school-like courses, erm....? OK. I stop. I sound stupid. Really stupid. Because I want to study Hindi, and learn Hindi, and I'd love to be at the Himalayas, it's one of my dreams, to see the Himalayas, and to be at the Himalayas. (I've been to India twice, ten weeks in total, and never been more to the north than Delhi.) So, yes, I suppose I am lucky to have the choice, even though I wonder whether HHH already has tens of people on their "waiting list", waiting for the dates of the course to be announced. I guess I just feel "OMG, do I have to decide now?!" - I just started planning, but it appears that decisions and bookings are best made early, whether I opt for Landour or HHH - or something else. I've also planned to travel in the summer, in South East Asia, so maybe I could combine the two travelling and studying - if I have the study leave, and if I have the money.
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I'm also interested in studying Hindi in Landour, and I've been wondering whether I should book a course (e.g. the "Intensive Hindi Course") for a certain period (e.g. September to November) in advance in addition to booking accommodation in advance, and how much in advance?
I would book the course as well as accommodation as soon as I knew what dates I would wanna study at the school. All you really have to do when you know the dates is to send a short note to the school letting them know what dates you want to study there and if it's full time or part time, and then meet with the principal when you arrive in Mussoorie and talk with him in person about what you want to get out of your time there.


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If they have such courses really: It appears to me that students request for a certain number of classes for each week, and hope for the best: To have the requested number of classes, with the requested teachers, etc.

If you choose to study full time it is four classes a day and part time should be two classes a day. What you request is what hours (morning or afternoon) and teachers. And they try to meet your requests, but during the busy period it might be hard to always get what you request.


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They don't mention booking courses in advance on their web page, so I don't know whether it's possible. I've been scouring the web and the indiamike threads for information, and it appears that Landour is very popular with Hindi students (also groups) almost throughout the year, and I would hate to take time off from work for "nothing" (few classes per few weeks).
It's usually not that busy in the beginning of the year and towards the end of the year, but it is a popular school and May-October it is crowded, but if you have booked in advance it should be no problem. During the summer months there are usually a few bigger groups of students coming. I would recommend early spring or fall!

Good luck with your plans!
"You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen." ~ Paulo Coelho
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Also, keep in mind that the school is closed now and opens again in February, so you might not get a respond from them until then if you e-mail them!
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Thanks boundlesstraveler. I also received an encouraging PM from an IMer who's been to HHH. It may be easier for me to arrange to attend Landour even though HHH appears to be . Now I only the need the courage to try to realise my dreams - Hindi & the Himalayas! Maybe it isn't what I expect it to be, but I won't know if I won't even... <trying to be courageous>
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Originally Posted by diplomacy Cheers everyone,

good language schools in India...for hindi etc... preferably in the south?
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Landour Language School

I just completed three wonderful months at Landour Language school. The teachers are wonderful. they will tailor classes to suit your needs. Among my favourites, Jaswinder, Girish, and Habib. Especially Habib! He likes to involve his students in conversation which is so helpful, especially if you tape your class and listen to it later. Even though the school is closed right now, (Dec 8- Feb) you can still arrange private classes with the teachers. there is always someone at the school during the week, even when classes are not officially scheduled.
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Hindi Institutes

I'm thinking of going to a language institute to learn a bit of Hindi.

As my government approves for financial aid (as long as the institute meets a certain number of requirements) I would need some help.

1. The course needs to be at least 13 weeks long and full-time.

2. I need to receive a certificate/ diploma that states if I have passed the course.

Does anyone know of any schools that meet these standards?

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Originally Posted by diplomacy Does anyone know of any schools that meet these standards?
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Where & when are you looking for these classes? What area, city, etc? A little more info please...
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Later this year. Perhaps August or September.

Most Hindi institutes are generally in Northern Indian, aren't they? So, around this area. I've found Landourd but would like to see another couple of alternatives as well.



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