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Look who’s learning kannada

I had not really imagined I would teach my kids to read and write my mother tongue, kannada, but now AK has started to learn. I have nothing against it, in fact, after I taught him a few alphabets and he learnt so quickly, I was thrilled beyond words. I never imagined it would make me so happy, so my own feelings have been a surprise. In my opinion, it is probably a dying language (or may be I’m not in touch with people who still actively read and write it in their daily life). I myself, have probably not written or read it for more than 20 yrs. It is still the spoken language in my family and extended family back home, so I’m very much in touch with the spoken language. And that was all I was hoping to pass on to the kids.

But during our recent visit, one of my friends gifted AK with some kannada story books and ever since he had been asking me to learn to read. I first didn’t take him seriously, but he persisted. This weekend, i spent less than an hour with him and he learnt 8 alphabets. I’m looking forward to teaching him the rest of it.

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