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"Job profiles of those who enroll online range from aspiring diplomats and social workers to college students and professionals reallocating to India."

"An initiative to make life simpler for the expatriate."

"Their location in the heart of south Delhi makes it convenient for many to attend the private or group classes there."

"Zabaan has a unique learning philosophy that I have not come across at other language schools."

"In just four days, a Hindi-speaking person can learn to read and write Urdu"

"The best part about the classes is that they are completely customizable and can be tweaked depending upon your interests."

"Courses in Hindi, Urdu, Pashto, Dari, Persian, Arabic, Sanskrit, Braj Bhasha, as well as English -- and from what we hear, they're pretty darn good!"

Executive Bios

Ali Taqi

Ali Taqi


Knows: English, Hindi, Urdu

Ali is the founder and co-director of Zabaan Language Institute. Born in Chicago to Indian parents, Ali earned his bachelor’s degree in International Studies and South Asian Languages and Literature at Loyola University. With a special interest in linguistics, semantics, syntax, bilingualism, and foreign language teaching techniques, Ali is fluent in English, Hindi, and Urdu, and teaches all three languages at Zabaan. Following his extensive teaching career in Chicago and Seattle, Ali has now personally taught over a third of the more than 30,000 classes that have been offered at Zabaan since its founding in Delhi.

Neha Tiwari

Neha Tiwari


Knows: English, Hindi, Urdu, Sanskrit, Persian

Neha is a co-director of Zabaan Language Institute as well as a program manager and instructor. She manages the day-to-day affairs of the institute, works on business development projects, and teaches Hindi, Urdu, Sanskrit and Persian. Neha’s passion for languages and cultures and her interest in their intersection are what originally drew her to Zabaan. Before joining the Zabaan team in 2011, Neha worked in the corporate sector in Mumbai, where she used her IIT B.Tech in engineering and DSE M.A. in economics.

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