The Hindi textbook and workbook that I purchased didn't start with a discussion on the Hindi alphabet. Ritu, knowing of my concern, started the session by reviewing the alphabet. She also taught me how to write in the Hindi script and corrected me immediately when I erred. I was also given homework so I could retain what I've learned. I'm looking forward to the next lesson.
Tara has the advantage of being really comfortable and fluent in colloquial American English, a quality not always found in Hindi speakers. This means he can suggest nuance and correct register for Hindi. He comes with flexibility in that he's willing to accommodate a student's learning style. In my case, I was very directive (pushy, assertive, call it what you will) and I met no conflict. He understands the grammar of Hindi, not always the case with native speakers.
35 Hindi lessons
I recently had my first tutor lesson with Namrata. I had been looking for a tutor to help me with my Hindi language studies after I was no longer able to take Hindi at UW due to tough schedules. I am glad that I found her. She is was very prompt and well prepared to help me. Upon meeting her I knew she was a teacher I could connect with. She was very patient and understanding with me and I felt quite comfortable working with her on the material.