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Archive for June, 2011

Jun
5
2011

So you speak Gujarati and he speaks Bengali. Or maybe your spouse is not Indian but speaks Spanish, Russian or Japanese.  And let’s just assume you don’t speak each other’s language so you speak English when you’re together.  What’s your policy with the kids?

In my case, I speak Telugu but my husband speaks Kannada – languages which are eerily similar (I can even read Kannada – no problem) – but which similarity may be even more confusing for the kids (I say dosa, he says dose.  I say kappa, he says kappe (frog)).  So you can imagine the linguistic dissonance when we’re spending time as a family!

The most logical approach would be for me to speak Telugu to the kids, and for him to speak Kannada – thereby rendering our kids blissfully trilingual.  But this is complicated by several factors:  (1) I spend more time with the kids – so they naturally end up speaking way more Telugu; (2) my husband and I speak English to each other (resulting in a rather comical switching of languges depending on who-is-addressing-who at that precise point in the sentence); and (3) given the scarcity of time outside of school/work, I find myself “hogging up” most of this time to push the Telugu.

There doesn’t seem to be an easy solution.  What’s your policy?  We ask the question on our Facebook Page – so let’s collaborate with some ideas!

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Jun
3
2011

** It’s a Duel **

Well, sort of.  We keep getting emails and requests about how we should have products in (insert) Language.

So we’ve narrowed it down to the 4 most popular requested languages and we’re staging a contest.  Basically, if you want products in your language, WE NEED TO HEAR YOU!

Gather your friends, family, nearest & dearest and make as much noise as you can by doing one (or all!) of the following:

* Vote in our Facebook Poll
*  Become a fan
of our Facebook Page
*  Leave a comment
after the Poll about which product(s) you want to see
*  Write
on our Wall

Don’t do Facebook?  Send us an email to inspire{at}gnaana{dot}com and we’ll use it when we tabulate the results.

Results are coming in fast – so remember, MAKE SOME NOISE if you want your language!

The suspense is killing us!

We’ll announce the results in about 7-10 days.

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