There’s good news for expats, foreign students and dignitaries in Gurgaon. Wouldn’t it be convenient if you knew the local language of the country to interact with the locals? How about negotiating with the vegetable vendor in the local language, would that not be easier? How about reading road signage in the local language while driving through the roads?
It is just as much possible when you land here in Gurgaon. And if I told you that you can learn Hindi sitting at the comfort of your home at your own convenient time, I am sure you would not resist that. Pallavi Singh does just that.
Pallavi Singh is a 23 year old Psychology student, who loves traveling, getting photographed, enjoys North Indian food and a nicely made cup of coffee. She has been teaching Hindi especially to Expats since 2011. The students in her Hindi Classes hail from every part of the world (marked here on the world map) and she has succeeded in home tutoring from Bollywood backdrop dancers and models to students, official diplomats and foreigners married to Indians. William Dalrymple, a noted Historian & Author has also been tutored by her in Hindi. His testimony of her work is here.
Teaching the expats has been highly positive experience for her. Not only has it helped increase her confidence but has also opened up a window for her to peek into various cultures. As an added bonus she has been able to acquire lifelong friendships. She has been able to achieve this due to her flexibility and personal touch that she gives to her dealings. Her timings are flexible and she takes classes at your convenience. Weekend classes or evening classes, you take the pick and she delivers as per convenience.
Her teaching methodologies include worksheets, AVs, animations and flash cards. She does not use textbooks to deliver the lessons. Instead she uses modules which she has prepared herself, covering grammar and pronunciation. Her style of teaching suits students who wish to use the language to interact on a day to day basis. This may not necessarily be textual but something that can be used for dealing with the locals in the day to day life. Sometimes she also engages with her students through Skype lessons.
Through her Facebook page she has been able to gather a lot of interest from the foreigners who are keen on learning the nuances of conversational Hindi language. If you are someone who finds themselves confused and vulnerable in the city, you can reach out to her. The testimonials on her FB page are an attestation of the substance she brings to her classes.