Being Multi Lingual

I was brought up in a multi-lingual atmosphere, my grand parents would talk to me in Sindhi (My Mother tongue) my Dad in Hindi and my Mom in English so this way i learnt all the languages.
According to me learning the Mother Tongue is really important.

I have heard a lot of parents talk to their kids in English and also want them to respond back in English right from a young age. Even my husband and me used to think the same way, but then realized that the Mother tongue is more important.

It is definitely important for kids to learn English, but what about the mother tongue?

Avisha is also in a multi lingual atmosphere, her Paternal grand parents talk to her in Hindi & Marvadi, her Maternal Grand Parents talk to her in Hindi and sometimes Sindhi.
Avisha understands English fully and also talks because my husband and me converse in English but she is more comfortable to talk in Hindi.

And I’m proud of it. English is a language that can be learnt in School as well and kids by hook or crook will definitely learn the language. But the Mother Tongue that’s something which is learnt at home and from a young age.

I know she will learn English in School. Confusing the kid with too many languages also is bad, as they won’t know in which language should they actually respond.

I have heard of a kid, who at the age of 3 used to understand 4 languages but would never reciprocate he would stay quiet when asked anything in School, the parents and the teachers then realized that it was because he didnt know in which language should he talk to whom.

I was scared if Avisha would also face this same issue as we are also in a multi-lingual atmosphere, but she isnt, she responds in Hindi & English.

The more the Languages the kids learn the more smarter they become.
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7 Comments Add yours

  1. Trapti says:

    Exactly, it’s not only about the language which one learns but also any special activity grooms the child’s personality.

    Consistency is really matters in learning.

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  2. I am person who has always had difficulty speaking in the mother tongue. Primarily because I never lived at my native place and the only person I could talk to in my mother tongue were my parents. I picked up a smattering of Punjabi, Assamese, Odiya, Marathi, Dogri and Malayalam having lived at places where those were spoken. But no I cant really speak any of those. Infact these days I have trouble speaking clear undiluted Hindi! So yes! Totally agree with you that one needs to learn one’s mother tongue!

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  3. Yes, one should learn the mother language. We have stayed in multiple places globally and learning the language has helped us and our child. There was once a time when my toddler used to mix up Odia, Hindi, Marathi and English, but in the next few months he picked up the languages rapidly.

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  4. simritbedi says:

    I believe that learning your mother tongue is very important. Children can pick up languages very easily. Its so nice to know Avisha understands four languages

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  5. I totally agree with you being a multilingual is a good thing but before that kids should learn their mother tongue.. I can see lot of parents just focus on english which is not good

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  6. mominprocessnow says:

    Ahh.. I can understand your fear… Though we only have Hindi and English to learn but it is always confusing for the child as well as us…

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  7. mummatalks says:

    In my case my daughter use to not talk till 3 and doc told me to teach her just one language so I chose English so she can understand what’s happening in school. Now she talks in fluent English n also broken hindi but not much in our language though she understands it. We too dont talk much in our language.

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