Linguistic Pursuits #MondayMusings
Cars are the most wonderful creation man has made. It takes a keen eye to appreciate the beauty of cars and the differences in key features of different cars.
You might be thinking what am I writing. Clearly the above lines are not about me. There is something else which is about me and that is interest in languages. Apart from the two languages, Hindi and English, which I know how to read and write, I can lend my signature in Assamese as well, the language I studied from 1st Std to 3rd Std.
Recently, I have witnessed Dhruv’s increasing interest in other languages. The moment he hears a new language he becomes curious to know which language is that and he gets to hear quite a number of languages while playing in the park in the evenings. These days the questions about cars have taken a back seat, slightly, and those have been overtaken by questions about what is the language of a particular Indian state. Example – Which language is spoken in Gujarat? Telegu is the language of which state? Why is the same language, Hindi, spoken in UP and MP?
He has a plan of action for the summer vacation for both of us, keeping in mind that both of us form a team. He has a long list of languages that he wants to learn and his plan is to begin with learning Kannada which will be followed by Tamil, Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi, German, Spanish and so on. Basically he desires to know them all.
Last night, while I was doing the dishes and clearing the kitchen, he came to me with “Mummy, kya aap ko Sanskrit aati hai? Mummy, do you know Sanskrit?” I steered him in the direction where his Dadi was sitting. She has taught Sanskrit in Middle school for 40 years.
What happened next? He gave her English and Hindi words asking for their Sanskrit names. Non-stop. For more than 15 minutes. When he ran out of words, he took to the room and began picking up the name of the objects from the room. The last words were Television, Christmas Tree, Book shelf, Books. He was not at all convinced with the word ‘Christams Vraksham’ for Christmas tree because how can the word Christmas remain the same.
No, he does not remember any Sanskrit word if you ask him today but Dadi surely must have had a refresher after 7 years of retirement.
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