There is a moment in every parent’s life where we feel so proud of our child’s achievements that we just want to share it with everyone. And I, the mother had absolutely nothing to do with it.
My son now speaks fluently in Hindi. He doesn’t even carry an Australian accent whilst speaking anymore. He sounds Indian, he behaves like an Indian now and he still refers to himself as an Australian punjabi!
When we moved to India, he did not know a word of Hindi. Okay, so maybe a few small words that his Dad taught him. Since moving here was a big change for my son, everyone around us would speak to him in English for comfort sake. Even when he first attended school, the other children would speak fast Hindi and even though he did not understand them, he still managed to make friends easily.
Apart from grandparents playing a huge role in teaching him Hindi, there were two main factors that helped him: TV and School.
Normally I would not encourage too much Television watching for a 5 year old, but watching his favourite Tv episode in Hindi, Chhota Bheem really helped him out with words and simple sentences. To back me up, I recently read and article from the Hindustan times that encouraged a ‘television channel is the best medium to keep the tongue alive’. Even the Times of India article read-
Attending an international standard school with all Indian children and the high quality of teaching in private schools in India, enabled Ishan to learn Hindi quickly and fluently. More so, he was determined and wanted to learn.
Every parent wants the best for their child and give them opportunities that they didn’t have themselves. Did I mention I’m a proud mother?