Don’t mind your language

Don’t mind your language

Abhishek Saigal

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One of my friend has a 4 year old daughter. The talking language between her and her daughter is English which also happens to be the medium she talks to her husband. Basically everyone in the house interacts in English. My friend’s mother tongue is Hindi and the husband is from Punjab. Both of them are quite articulate in their respective mother tongues. However they have chosen to speak only English with their child. This is the situation in a lot of Indian homes.

Whenever I visit them I find it rather interesting to see the kid speaking exclusive English. Parents have a sense of great pride and tacitly enjoy the hard work paying off. At the surface it sounds like a good strategy. If English is the working language in India and most parts of the world, it’s very pragmatic to ensure that children learn the language. Well I…

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