What it prefer to dwell in a multilingual nation like India? With the fast-changing geographies, tongues too fluctuate — gentle, musical, coarse, harsh, straightforward, tongue twisting, with script and with out. The expertise is totally different when utilizing the languages you might be born into, research at school and study later in life.

My mom tongue is Malayalam, however since I used to be born in Karnataka, my first language at school was Kannada. So I by no means discovered to put in writing in Malayalam, although I attempted as soon as and understood that it isn’t a herculean activity as soon as you may converse the langauge. My second and third languages had been Hindi and English. However these two got here a little bit late in my life, that’s from the fifth grade, as was the case with each Kannada-medium pupil.

Rising up, I perceived the three languages in a different way. Kannada was like a childhood pal you might take as a right to a very good extent. Hindi was like a relative with whom you had been alleged to develop a very good rapport to maintain issues straightforward and high quality throughout the household. English was totally different. There have been numerous teething troubles, however I fell in love with it approach too quickly.

I by no means stopped studying languages. The readability and fluency with which I used my mom tongue suffered a drastic deterioration from the invasion of different languages. I may converse Tamil with ease with my colleagues from Chennai, however not so Malayalam with these from Thiruvananthapuram. I picked up Tamil from watching movies and listening to movie songs. Although I attempted the identical with Telugu, I failed and located myself struggling to speak on my visits to Andhra Pradesh.

My spouse speaks Tulu, a language from the coastal belt of Karnataka, thus including yet another language to my repertoire. I all the time welcomed new languages, cherishing the chance to study them. The little efforts you set to study a brand new language by no means disappoint you although.

Straightforward communication

If you find yourself in a brand new place, it’s straightforward to get by when you realize the native language. On many events, I’ve skilled, to my nice shock, how an individual, perhaps a shopper or buyer, softens his tone on studying you can converse in a standard language. Furthermore, your expressive horizon expands with a number of languages. Some phrases and expressions are significantly better or sound extra stunning in a single language than within the different. Realizing a number of languages will all the time provide help to join, study, hear and benefit from the items of life on a number of fronts.

Not too long ago, I took a break from my long-time love, English, and tried poetry in Kannada and later in Hindi with a lot doubt about going mistaken with grammar and discovering appropriate phrases. For my pleasure, I may do it nicely and plenty of liked it too.

So, being in a multilingual nation, languages shouldn’t be handled as a barrier however relatively as instruments that add totally different colors and shades to at least one’s persona.

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