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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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Richa of Dual Nations Design: Be open

  Tips on Raising a Multilingual and Multicultural Family Anita & Richa discuss their successes and challenges in raising multilingual and multicultural families. Hear what inspired them to become #mompreneur and their vision for making things easier for other families. Richa Joshi is a podcaster, a Coach, a diversity advocate and an entrepreneur. Her brand, Dual Nation, asks "Why choose one when you can be both?" Her message is all about multicultural pride and growth mindset. In this interview, Richa shares her own story of being an Indian expat and growing up in several countries before settling down in Australia to raise her kids. She shares what it is like to grow up as a "third culture kid" and "global...

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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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