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.
16 Hindi lessons
I came to Devyani 7 months ago, having zero experience learning a second language. Since starting lessons with Devyani, she has exceeded my expectations in a short period in time, having gained comfortable grasp on the basics of conversational Hindi. I am no longer the token ‘gori’ (white girl) in the room, as I am able to talk to strangers in Hindi on the general conversational topics (family, work, basic info, holidays & FOOD) that we have gone over during our lessons.