So I attended the short intensive course. It covered a lot of topics, and I need to refresh and read up many time, not least because I had deliberately slowed my brain down.
It is true that having as mother-tongue a script close to Arabic was a help. Many words are common, even if the meanings are at times different. The pronunciation is different for some letters. Yet this was an amazing experience.
Here is a sample page from the Quran. Revising the lessons will ensure that I know the words (and derivatives) in red. Actually, there are many more words (shown in black) that I know from Urdu. So it has been beneficial.
and the website is:http://www.understandquran.com/
The courses are in many languages, including English.