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Aditi of Raising World Children: Question Traditions

  Anita and Aditi Wardhan Singh discuss the realities of raising kids in a multicultural way. Aditi is an author, editor, published and founder of Raising World Children. Hear what inspired Aditi to start her path-breaking platform which focuses on "Raising Mindfulness Through Books & Culture" and supports other authors in that space.  Tips for parents on raising multicultural kids: Be consistent in language & cultural immersion. You must do it daily.  Watch movies (with captions on) and read books together. Pause to discuss points - what does this tradition mean? What happened in this scene?  Question traditions. Be a conscious parent and decide what you want to pass on to your kids. You don't have to parent the way you were...

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Anu Anand's "Meri Bindi: A Bilingual Hindi Picture Book"

  Do you love bindis? Drop a 👍🏽 in the comments - because this episode is for you!Meet author and journalist Anu Anand, who published a bilingual Hindi book for kids called “Meri Bindi” in 2016 with Hachette. This book is playfully illustrated by Lavanya Karthik and tells the story of 2 kids using their imaginations and playing with bindis. It is well constructed with repetitive dialog and simple vocabulary, making it an easy bedtime story. The book has devanagari script, transliteration and translation - making it accessible to all levels of Hindi speakers and easy to support your children’s Hindi language learning journey.Anu’s Tips for passing on language:✅ Plan and prepare - don’t be passive about teaching your kids...

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Dr. Anita and Learning a Heritage Language: It's not just Academic

Photo credit: @prajwalxavier BhashaKids explores heritage language loss and how to relearn your mother tongue as an adult. The 2 Anitas recount stories from their past, discuss how it was difficult to learn Malayalam growing up in the US, and their efforts to relearn their heritage language as adults. This session is useful not just to adults trying to relearn their language, but also to parents trying to raise their kids as bilinguals and teach their children languages. You will learn:  The difference between learning a language and learning a heritage language.  Challenges to learning a heritage language as kids.  Resources that are available today to help Malayalam learners. (That weren’t there when we were growing up!) Why kids are great...

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Faiza of Littlest Literates: Exposure Early and Often is Key

BhashaKids and Faiza Nguyen of @teacher_missfaiza have a fun and engaging conversation on raising multilingual kids, teaching heritage languages, and of course, bilingual read-a-louds.  Faiza is an author, a lover of kids' lit and the OG IG bilingual read-a-loud account. In 2021, she organized an amazing fundraiser for COVID relief in India with help from many members of our community, featuring many South Asian languages. Now based in Germany, she was raised in Pakistan and the US. She's the mom of 3 (and one black cat) and is raising a blended Pakistani-Vietnamese family.   Faiza is the author of "One Black Cat" Aik Kala Billa ایک کالا بلا - a bilingual board book in Urdu and English. It's currently of print but...

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Amruta Panth of Meri Sanskriti: Find your "inner Indian"

Anita and Amruta have a lively discussion as they discuss the challenges of growing up Indian in America. Hear how they are now both working to make passing language and culture to the next generation easier for parents. You will learn what inspired Amruta to start a cultural academy for young kids and her unique spin on helping young kids navigate their connection with their Indian heritage.  Tips for Parents: Recognize that what came easily to you as a kid - Indian culture, Indian identity, and mother tongue - may not be as easy for a kid growing up outside of India.  Learning a heritage language carries an emotional aspect to it. Kids are afraid of judgement and of making...

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