plzzz i beg you learn english!!!! "
Hosting recipes since September 2008, I'm not new to such comments and in-fact became accustomed to similar comments. At Tea when I open the newspaper,
the following article depicting how two school children were humiliated & punished by their teacher for speaking in Telugu.
above instances put a stream of
thoughts in my mind. While some thoughts remained as questions, some got answers and a
were rationalization of these thoughts. I thought of sharing them here
Unlike Japanese, Germans,
etc. who have their own national languages, in India we don’t have a
language. Hindi is our Official Language for the Union of India while in
we have different official languages. I’m given to understand that
pursue higher studies in Japan, Germany, China, Russia etc. have
relevant reading material in their respective languages. In India
some extent in Hindi (because of official patronage) all other languages
short of the requisite material for pursuing higher studies. The problem
acute in science streams where one has to necessarily depend on English
originals for higher exposures. Thus in Indian context, English is an
language, provided a child desires to reach the upper echelons of
enlightenment. In fact that may be true for all other countries also,
its in English we have the largest collection of material for scientific
advancement and its English that is spoken and written in most of the
conferences and journals.
In India, who doesn’t want
his child to be
the budding Nobel laureate? Thus every parent in India would like to see
child to be proficient in English so that his pursuit of success is not
hindered by lack of English knowledge. This must be the root cause for
proliferation of “English Medium” Schools and gradual closure of
Medium Schools” in India. Nowadays “English Medium” and “Convent” words
synonyms. People, even from the lowest economic strata prefer to send
children to “Convents”, run by private sector!!! Two of the municipal
which my husband attended in 1970s have been merged or closed.
My father is from a remote
“Anantharam” in Guntur district while my father-in-law is from
village in Krishna district. They did their entire schooling in
medium and had English as one of the subjects. They read Shakespeare
high school and college, which we haven’t yet. They both did their
Physics and Mathematics respectively from Osmania and Banares Hindu
Later they taught in the Colleges of Hyderabad and Cuttack for more than
years. Their parents, i.e. our grandparents didn’t know English nor did
speak English at home. Yet this deficiency, if any, didn’t stop them
bagging Gold Medals in academics. Till date they find many mistakes to
correct their children and grand-children's English who are
the so called English Medium schools!!! These elders
are good at Telugu and Sanskrit too. The reason behind narrating the
story is to appreciate that speaking English at home and school is not
essential for mastering that language and succeed.
it is we, the parents who over
emphasize on English speaking, which the schools are cashing-in under
banners of “English Medium”/ “Convent”. Instead we need to emphasize on
coherent and logical thinking, languages can be mastered in due-course. We need to encourage our children to
answers in own sentences and in the process shouldn’t be unhappy if
didn’t come first in the class. Recently my son narrated that in one of
classroom sessions, Professor Ramanujam from Mechanical
Engineering Department at IIT-Kharagpur asked weak and shy
students to come on to the dais and speak impromptu for five minutes
Similarly for Students from non-English speaking countries at Texas A& M University (where my son is presently pursuing his PhD), there were a few sessions on English. The English professor asked the Chinese and Indians not to twist their mouths to ape American accent, instead they should speak slowly by which many Americans can easily follow what they speak!
What's essential is that our
be able to think instead of parroting their lessons. Their thoughts should
coherent and rational. The medium of expression can be in any
language of our choice. Isn’t it a fact that non-English speaking
outside US take only a few months to clear TOFEL and thereafter pursue
studies in prestigious US and British Universities? Do Chinese, Germans, French, Russians etc. over
English from Lower Kindergarten as we do in India?
To inculcate proficiency in
English, we can
provide story books in English - Chandamana etc. My son’s English
Guha Madam of Campion School Bhopal adopted a practice of asking weak
students to read out passages from the English Text book and thereafter
explained these English lessons. This school regularly conducted elocution and
competitions for the students in English also.
should be clear in thoughts and be proud
about his mother tongue and should be open to promote English with due
where required!!! Children should love English but not fear it.
Therefore “ILoveMac321" & ilk, I know a
bit of English, but would love to stick to Telugu only, in my narration.
Similarly the English protagonists belonging to the ilk of Kadapa school
realize that English needs to be promoted gently by making it
rather than imposing it rudely. Lastly as parents we
shouldn’t be awed and overwhelmed by neighbors’
children who speak “English”, without substance!!!!!
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namaste naa peeru neelima .idde naa first time visit .really almost anni
vantalu unnayi.naaku traditional vantalante chala istam,and cheyatam
kuda istam.reaaly meeru ee web ki enta kastapadutunnaro
annipistundi(maintain cheyataniki).realy mimmalni
mechukovali.teluguvalla vantalu mee dantlo super.meeru cheppinna prati
aksharam correct.teluguvallamaiyundi,telugulo ne matladukovali.ammani
gouravinchani vaadu entavaadaina waste.excellent job gayatri
garu.communication anedi understanding ki matrame.really.... all the
best.doing grt job.vantalantara meeru cheppi nattu try cheste vastayi
.but prayatnam most imp. chala rasesanu.inka selavu.
April 2, 2010 4:16 PM
mee vantale kadandi me alochanalu kuda chala baguntaye. Matru bhasha pai
me prema naku nachindi.
Nenu oka Maharastrain ni kani Andhra Pradesh
lo ne putti perigyanu.
Nenu prasthutham US lo unnanu. Ma babuki
rendunnara savacharalu. Vadiki Marathi lone matladadam vachu. Telugu
mariyu english ardham avthaye kaani matladadam anthaga radu.Konni chinna
chinna prashnalaku matram javabu chebuthadu.Na snehituralantha english
nerpaka pothe chala kashtam antaru, kaani naku telusu vadu oka 6 nenlalo
ne chala baga english nerchuko vachu.Chala mandi cheputuntaru "ikkada
vadi thoti pillalatho kalisi povadaniki english avasaram". chala sarlu
nenu gamaninchindi emitante pillalu kalisi povadamniki bhasha aatankam
kadu. Vallu english lo adigithe ma vadu saigalatho chepthadu. koncham
english lo kuda matladadaniki prayathisthadu.
Nenu chadavindi english
meduim lone kaani memu eppudu intlo english matlade vallam kadu. anthe
kadu, ma hindi period lo , telugu period lo english lo matlade the
kopade varu. Kaani meru annattu vere period lo english lo matladaka
pothe matram fine undedi. danni ma hindi teacher(memu avidini behenji
anevallam) chala vethere kinchedi. Avida ma lo matru bhasha pai, mariyu
hindi pai premani penchindi.
Matru bhasha pai ne kakunda nenu inko
aluvatu gamanisthunnanu ye madhya tallulo. pillalanu baby care center lo
kaani play school lo kaani vadaladam. Udyogalu chese vallaku yevanni
tappavu. kaani urike intlo undi break kosam ani leka bayataku
tiragadaaniki kosam ani ala vadili velladam naku chala badha
savacharam nara pillalani baby care center lo urke 2
gantalu vadaladam mariyu rendunnra savacharam pillalanu play school ki
pampadam oka aluvatuga marchukuntunaru. adimiti ani adigithe manaku kuda
break kavali kada antaru. ala break tisukoni em udharistharu naku
teliyadu. pillalu rooju oka gantaina padukuntaru - adi manaku break
kaada. mariyu nanna vachina tarvatha oka gantaina vari tho adukuntaru -
adi break kaada.
Amma avadam anedi oka varadanam, oka badyatha kuda.
adi manam nirvarthinchaka pothe adi oka aparadham.
ye vishayam pai
kuda meru me blog lo rasthe baguntundani na abhiprayam.
April 2, 2010 9:20 PM
Thanks for your feedback and sharing your view
April 4, 2010 5:15 AM
- Gayatri Vantillu
The post after Neelima's post is really good. It would be nice if
people leave their real names after the post so that I can address them
directly. Being a Maharastrian and writing in pure telugu is really
commendable which speaks about the persons broad outlook. Thanks for the
I like the post very much and propose to host it directly on
my website. To share a view point with the author -
Bombay, till my son reached the age of two and half years, I was a
housewife only. I used to talk with him in Telugu at home. But whenever
other children used to meet him in the community park, they used to all
play together irrespective of their different languages.
joined SBI, I had to leave him in a creche managed by a Gujarati lady.
In one weeks time he started speaking Gujarati words and could express
himself in Gujarati within a fortnight.
April 4, 2010 5:29 AM
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mee websitu evale gamanichanu. nEnu eppudu Indialo
undaleDu. Ma parents 1970's lo US vaccheru. ma ammagaru US lo
professional aina intlo traditional vantalu anni chesevaru. Ippudu
koncham tagicharu. Nakukooda traditional vantalu cheyatamu ishtamu. me
situ choosaka naku confidencu ochesindi. E matramaina presna occhina
meeru Telugulo recipelu cheppatamu naku
chala nacchindi. Nenu eppudu Telugulo mataladaniki prayatnistAnu.
Nannu choosi ma bandhuvulu mariyu freindsu andaru Englishlone
matladutaru. Idi ela marchalu teliyataledu. Ma pillalu ippudu Kg
chaduvutunnaru. Valikikuda kodiga Telugu nerpichadaniki
meeru e siteu pettinanduku chala chala thanksu.
April 22, 2010 9:11 PM
- Anonymous said...
Dear gayatri garu
Just now i browsed u r site for cone shape dosa.
has given such a cute,sweet voice to you. It is God Grace to you.
Everyone will not have such a nice voice. My daughter 6 yrs
age,normally watch with me especially u r site. She says amma gayatri
pettu gayatri pettu. Sorry . My only intention is to inform you how
much u r site is impressed on a little girl. Rarely i will browse when
she is at home. But she likes the site means there are so many points
which helped to impress a little girl. Here i am not talking as a
mother . How u r site is getting popular when u do in telugu is my
1.You have a good command on Languages.
2. By the grace of God you have a good sweet voice.
3. For each and every minute , u will tell so many precautions with so much patience.
4. At the end you will give nice points to remember for every recipe.
5. You will show slowly in detailed ,you will not try to skip
a days as you said especially the telugu people feel shame if we speak
in telugu with our own mother tongue people. Two years back we moved
from hyderabad to bangalore. We stay in the outskirts of bangalore
where IT offices located. In this two years , i have very bad
experiences with telugu people except 2,3 families . We presently
staying in the 2nd house during last 2 years. I know more than 20
families whose mother tongue is telugu . Noone speaks in telugu when we
come together. They feel it is below dignity. I do not know why we
should feel like that. Luckily we moved when my daughter is 5 yrs old.
so now at home we speak in telugu only. When we are in hyderabad all my
neighbours used to comment how nicely u r daughter speaks pure telugu.
That is why she likes u r site and u r voice. Out of the 20 families
some of them are recently shifted to india from UK,US,Singapore. We
have to observe how much time they spent in the foreign land? It is
hardly less than 5 years madam. Believe me after becoming R2I these
people feel great and starts speaking with kids also in english. Here
kids age is also immaterial whether kid is in months also. Like this
people are there. Mana dhuradhrushtam kadha. When the other side person
is Non Telugu speaking then never mind we can speak in any language
which is comfortable.
When ever in a shop if any telugu people
comes at the same time, sometimes my kid shouts looking at provision
items amma u need this ,amma u need that then the other telugu family
immediately changes their conversation into hindi or english or if they
know kannada then into kannada language. that much fear in the telugu
people i do not know.
Recently on emergency grounds, i
travelled with my kid in flight. One lady she is also like me
travelling alone with kids. During 45 minutes travel time from
bangalore to hyderabad she and her kids had their dinner in the flight
and their conversation is completely in english. When getting down from
flight , her kid is not cooperating with her so she now started
shouting in telugu. I feel normally people will shout in mother tongue
Your family also travelled a lot throught india and spent
a lot of time outside AP till recently. Still you are maintaining such
a sweet pure andhra telugu voice .That is why i Pray God to give you
good health and wealth in u r life.So that we can get benefit from u r
video recipes.You are the first person who maintains telugu recipes
video site.It should continue forever.
Thankyou very much for
showing how to make a cone dosa. I never tried and did not got an idea
. After looking u r masala dosa video , my kid asked me for cone
dosa.Yesterday night i made cone dosa.She enjoyed a lot shouting
loudily cone dosa ,cone dosa.
December 21, 2009 7:56 PM
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