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by J0annaWarszawa on December 3, 2017
I spent 2 weeks with a friend on Hindi language classes organised by Indo Vacations. We stayed at the Indo Home Stay where we occupied a 3 room flat above our hosts own home. Our hosts Sanjeev, Suman and young Ria made us feel at home - right from the airport pickup, filling our fridge for a start, through guiding us through practical stuff like shopping, laundry, finding places where we could take lunch etc. The flat had everything we needed, full kitchen equipment, A/C & fans, towels, linens, blankets. The area is outside the city centre, but with all the facilities nearby - restaurants, grocery, pharmacy, bookstore at local prices. Transportation (auto-rickshaws) is very easy to get in the area and moving to places of interest was not a problem. We felt safe at all times. The class itself was very demanding, but it was exactly what I was looking for. We were not beginners and before we came, our teacher Suman Minglani questioned us on what our level is and what we are most interested in learning. Class was 10:00 to 13:30 every weekday plus homework which took us 1-1.5h per day. Lessons - in our hosts' appartment downstairs - were conducted 90% in Hindi, with only some explanations given in English (a plus for me!). We followed the Rupert Snell "Teach Yourself" book, but most topics chosen, examples and homework exercises focused on our weakest points. We read local newspapers & children's stories, and had some practical exercise such as shopping at a vegetable store or bookstore. Although it seems like a lot of time to spend in class, we still had the time for individual sightseeing and activities like cinema, Bapu Bazaar, Albert Hall museum, Birla Mandir, Galta Kund, Nahargarh fort. One Saturday with guide&driver was included in the language class "package" and we got to see even more Jaipur attractions. Suman and Sanjeev also invited us to join some of their home activities, we learnt to make lassi, participated in a ceremony and were invited to a farewell dinner. The family was always there to help us out or answer our questions. If you plan a Hindi class, I definitely recommend Indo Vacations. For more practice - go out and talk, talk, talk. Everyone is really happy to hear a foreigner speak Hindi.
by Nanckauf on January 1, 2016
During my three week stay I took Hindi lessons mornings Monday through Friday from 10:00 to 1:30. I was not a complete beginner, but one who desperately needed to actively use what I'd been learning on my own. My teacher, Suman, focussed right in on my weaknesses: I'd been too dependent on transliteration which resulted in some really mistaken pronunciations. By having me read Devanagari script every day from a series of children's stories, Suman helped me out of my comfort zone, i.e.,over-reliance on transliteration. It was painful at times, but it got me weaned. At the end of my stay I was reading Devanagari as never before. Waiting for my departure flight, I eagerly read every snatch of script I could find in the airport. What a triumph. She helped me break pronunciation mistakes that only a certain fluency in Devanagari can achieve. Old habits die hard, but I feel I'm improving. Suman followed a Rupert Snell learning book, and from going step-by-step through the lessons, I emerged much stronger and with a better grasp of grammar. The work ahead is cut out for me. What I would have liked to have had was more opportunity to simply listen and talk in informal settings. I think I misunderstood the basic arrangement of my stay. I'd been expecting to more or less live with a family, but instead I lived alone in my own flat. Chances for speaking informally were up to me. I was on my own for this, which meant I had to scare up situations from shopping, making arrangements with rickshaw drivers, or asking street directions. There's a practical limit to what this can bring. Sometimes I felt it necessary to simply go out cruising for situations. That's a bit of a burden for a beginner. The flat couldn't have been better. It was spacious, the kitchen was well-equipped, and I even had my own balcony where I could watch gorgeous sunrises coming over the hills to the east of Jaipur. I could also go up to the building's rooftop for fresh air and for gazing around the city from a third floor height. From the flat and rooftop I could gaze down on an adjacent plant nursery with its hundreds of lovely plants and flowers.The neighbourhood was pleasant. But, whether from the flat, the balcony, or the rooftop, my life was essentially alone and isolated. Twice Suman and Sanjeev invited me to join them outside Suman's classes. Once in a short excursion out to a village farm (Suman packed an excellent picnic for us) and once for my "farewell meal" in their home (Suman served up Makki ki Roti and Sarso, an all-time favourite of mine). Both occasions made possible some informal speaking and listening, which are otherwise hard to come by with Hindi-speaking people for whom English is often preferable. Would I recommend Hindi classes here? By all means. Just make sure that whatever you'll be doing in classes can be complemented by enough conversation situations--appropriate to your lever of course--to let you USE WHAT YOU LEARN IN CLASS. Otherwise, you're not apt to retain much.
by Nicola C on July 1, 2015
I took a Hindi course for 6 weeks staying at Indo Home stay. The lessons were fantastic and I came along in leaps and bounds as soon as my lessons began. Suman is a fantastic teacher and I hope to learn with her again in the future. Accommodation is spacious and incredibly comfortable and the food is great, I was also spoiled with an array of Indian sweets (which I adore). I was travelling alone which I was initially quite nervous about but the family put me at ease very quickly and I spent some lovely evenings in their company over dinner. Jaipur is a great city to spend some time in, it is much smaller than Delhi and easy to get around. There are plenty of things to see and do and lots of friends to be made and try your Hindi out on!
by ConnieLarkin on March 19, 2015
I adore Hindi and Hindustan (India) IS my country :))) I spent a month in the home of my Hindi instructor. Knowing other languages myself, I could appreciate the simplicity, the professionalism of Suman Minglani. I would definitely recommend her, with all my heart.
by Tea1111 on December 16, 2014
I took a two-week Hindi course through Indo Vacations this November. I was warmly welcomed by my teacher Suman into her family, accommodated in a comfortable apparment just upstairs. The course was very intense and 3,5 hourse daily with Suman was more than enough to digest. I bearly knew the alphabet when I came, but left with a fair overview of Hindi grammar and fair beginnerss graps of the language. Suman is a very good teacher and was able to adjust the course to my needs. Of course, it is entirely on me, where will I take it. I had my meals with the Minglani family which were absolutely delicious, but what I valued more was the warm feeling of being welcomed and so easily accommodated in their family. I had a great time in Jaipur and hope to come back (with advanced Hindi, of course). Behut behut dhanyavad Suman aur Indo Vacations!
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