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5 Steps for Easy Language Learning at Home

The last year and a half has taken a toll on all of us. Life came to a slow crawl and so did my efforts on BhashaKids. It's been a full year since I updated the blog, and I thank you for your patience. Vaccination rates are going up, kids are going back to school and despite the enormous challenges, I'm optimistic about our future. No one expects you to have accomplished everything you set out to do in 2020. The sheer fact that we survived is enough. We are enough. It may seem like with everything we have to do in daily life - work, kids, laundry, running a household, taking care of ourselves and elders - how can there be...

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BK Interview 7 | EliKutty: Find Your Why

  I had the great pleasure of speaking with EliKutty (Eliza Keyton) on IG Live. Our talk centered on learning and teaching languages, learning Malayalam, and passing on culture and language to the next generation. Check out this 50 min conversation where we uplift other Malayalam content creators, list resources and tips for learning Malayalam and all languages. CLICK TO WATCH Here are just a few accounts that EliKutty recommends you check out to #learnmalayalam:⠀ 🔔 Learn Malayalam through food with Anjana @thankgodimfat ⠀ 🔔 Learn Malayalam with @fluentinmalayalam⠀ 🔔 Learn Malayalam script with Prajwal @prajwalxavier⠀ 🔔Learn Malayalam through movies and music with Thumbi @paattinteparibhasha⠀   What an enlightening conversation! Here are some useful points that arose:⠀   Highlights and...

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BhashaKids Language Interviews - IG Live- Check it Out!

  Thank YOU for visiting our website and checking out our blog. We aim to produce content that empowers parents, makes language learning easier and grows multilingual resources. When I grew up in the US in the 70s/80s/90s, there were not a lot of options to learn my heritage language - Malayalam. You learned it from the Church or participating in Kerala Samajam. There weren't really classes to take and my parents eventually gave up on me learning the language.  Today it's a very different scene. Social media has given us a plethora of resources: You can watch cartoons, movies and shows in multiple languages through streaming services like Hotstar or Netflix. There are whole communities with cultural academies, language...

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Teaching Tips: Read a book in your language!

BhashaKids has started a series of Bilingual Read A Louds on Saturdays, at 10(ish) AM EST. Log on to our Instagram Account and watch LIVE as our friend Reading Yaanai/ Haathi translates simultaneously as I read in English. We've done 2 in Hindi and 2 in Tamil so far, with Marathi, Kannada and Malayalam down the pike. The readings have featured Eric Carle and Mo Willems books so far, with vocabulary notes in the captions. The read a louds are about 15 minutes long, so you can easily log on to the account and share with your kids later. Make this part of your home language immersion.  Bilingual read a louds are wonderful ways to add immersion experiences and expose...

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Normalize Multilingualism

“The limits of my language means the limits of my world.” Ludwig Wittgenstein, philosopher World Multilingualism Day also known as the International Day of Multilingualism is now celebrated annually on March 28th. Wait, that’s a thing? Well, yes it is, but don’t worry, you aren’t behind the times. It’s new, started in 2019, just 2 years ago, by Dr. Thomas H. Bak and a group of enthusiastic polyglots. Dr. Thomas Bak is a cognitive neuroscientist who studies the impacts of language learning, in particular bilingualism and multilingualism, on the brain and its impacts on aging. They chose March 27th because this is the date engraved on the Rosetta Stone.  Did you know that more than half the world’s population speaks...

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